Looking back on 2014, it was a year of progress and success for Lewis County General Hospital and Residential Health Care Facility.
The Hospital received Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in March. This designation provides significant improvement in reimbursement which will continue to help our facility continue to deliver quality care to our patients and to develop programs designed to improve the health and well being of the communities we serve.
The DaVita Dialysis Center opened in March as well and provides kidney care services and treatment choices for local patients needing dialysis. Our affiliation with St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center continues to develop. We have worked collaboratively on physician recruiting and were able to secure two nursing slots for Lewis County students that are pursuing a career in nursing at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing. Increasing access to specialty services for our patients is also on the agenda.
Lewis County General Hospital is an important community asset that provides quality health care, is a major employer, and is an economic engine for Lewis County. The facility has over 650 employees with an annual payroll of approximately $34 million. The facility spends millions per year on the goods and services necessary to maintain our main campus and outlying clinics. These dollars are reinvested in the county through employee and hospital spending and dramatically stimulates our local economy.
On behalf of the Lewis County General Hospital Board of Managers, our dedicated physicians, staff, and volunteers, we thank our patients and their families who continue to value and support Lewis County General Hospital and Residential Health Care Facility.