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Hospital Week Message from the CEO

5/9/2018

Tina Gillespie, CEOFor the nearly 225 of us who are fortunate enough to work for the Harrison County Community Hospital District (HCCH), Hospital Week (May 6-12) provides an opportunity to express gratitude to the patients who trust us to provide their care and to celebrate our important work.

Nothing brings greater satisfaction than meeting the needs of our patients and their families.

Hospital Week is also an opportunity to reflect the successes of the past year. I will highlight five achievements which have allowed us to better serve our patients and to strengthen HCCH. 

This week we are welcoming the newest addition to our outpatient specialty clinic, Dr. Alan Cornett, who will hold monthly orthopedics clinics in Bethany. Many patients in our area already know Dr. Cornett, whose primary practice is in North Kansas City.

We recently doubled the number of pulmonology clinics at the hospital. Dr. Scott Eveloff, who has been coming to HCCH since 1994, now sees patients in Bethany every Wednesday.

After demonstrating our commitment to rapid diagnosis and initiation of appropriate treatment or transfer for stroke patients, we earned designation as a Level III Stroke Center by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Soon Bethany Medical Clinic and Harrison County Family Health Center, our two medical clinics in Bethany, will begin offering immunizations for children ages 18 and younger who are covered by commercial insurance. 

Finally, new investments in equipment, software and staff development have helped us keep up with the rapid changes in 21st-century health care.

The items described above will help us reach our goal of being the area’s preferred provider of medical services, but we also aim to be the leader in promoting health and wellness.

The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is as true today as it was when it was first uttered. 

Last month we partnered with Bethany Care Center to offer discounted lab tests during that facility’s annual health fair, and nearly 300 people took advantage of the health screenings.

You will be hearing more about our new population health initiatives that we hope will help prevent the development of chronic conditions or catch problems early.

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 the best care possible for our patients.

On behalf of the board of directors, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, food service workers, maintenance workers, housekeepers, billing staff and so many more who help keep the hospital, medical clinics and home health agency running, Happy Hospital Week.  

Tina Gillespie is chief executive officer of the Harrison County Community Hospital District.

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