Hospital Week 2022
As we celebrate Hospital Week (May 8 – 14) at Harrison County Community Hospital, we want to express our gratitude to the patients who trust us to provide their care. Nothing brings greater satisfaction than meeting the needs of our patients and their families. Caring for patients is more than a job. It is a calling. Twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week, we dedicate ourselves to providing exceptional patient care.
The pandemic has brought formidable challenges and changes weekly, daily, and sometimes hourly. Nonetheless, our mission remains clear. While navigating these unpredictable times, we stay focused on meeting the health care needs of our area residents today and into the future.
I am proud of our employees and providers, who are the true heroes on the front lines of this current health crisis. They have managed to care for COVID-19 patients and all other patients in a safe, empathetic, and professional manner. In addition, the outpouring of support and compassion provided by our community has been instrumental in ensuring the well-being of our staff and physicians. For this, we are incredibly grateful.
Hospital week is also an opportunity to reflect on our past year's successes. We successfully renovated our medical clinic to combine two primary care offices, allowing two new physicians to join the practice. Outpatient therapy services then moved into the vacant medical clinic to more than double the size of the treatment areas. With therapy services moved across the street from the hospital, we were able to add a larger outpatient specialty clinic space to accommodate our growth. We currently have 26 specialists from 18 specialties seeing patients.
Two new physicians are joining the medical clinic this summer. Dr. Kimberly (Hall) Baker will be joining the medical clinic in June, and in August, Dr. Zachary Mahler will join. In addition, the number of surgeries has increased significantly in the past year with the addition of Dr. Ly Phan.
Approximately 1,000 patients pass through HCCH hospital and medical clinics each week, which generates over $22 million in yearly net revenues. Providing over 200 jobs in the area, HCCH pays out more than $15 million in annual salaries and benefits. Each year, the District's approximately $640,000 in property tax is typically used for capital expenditures. In fiscal year 2022, those expenditures totaled $476,894, not including the renovation project. In fiscal year 2021, the expenses were $796,400. Last year, capital purchases included a biological safety cabinet, cell washer, an EKG machine, portable x-ray, and ECG. Ensuring that our population has affordable access to prescription medications is a high priority; therefore, HCCH continues to participate in the 340b prescription drug program at the local Walmart and Hy-Vee pharmacies.
Giving back has always been a focus of HCCH. This past year, our employees helped provide 104 area families with a Thanksgiving meal, raised money to purchase Valentine's gifts for Crestview residents, offered free sports physicals to Harrison County school athletes, and logged over 115 volunteer hours. In addition, the HCCH Foundation donated $10,000 for an accessible swing at Memorial Park and held the Miles for Miles cancer walk that raised $9,260 for the Harrison County Cancer Transportation Fund.
Thank you for allowing us to serve you on behalf of the board of directors, medical staff, and employees. Happy Hospital Week.
Chief Executive Officer