Thursday
Dec132012

Message From Eric R. Burch, C.E.O.

Whether you need to find a physician, are preparing for a medical procedure or are simply interested in learning more about optimizing your health and wellness, Lewis County General Hospital (LCGH) is here to provide quality health care for you and your family.  We couldn’t do this without the hard work and commitment of our employees, medical staff, legislators, board members and volunteers.  Their dedication is reflected in everything we do.  At LCGH we believe quality is everyone’s responsibility. We dedicate ourselves to working together to build and sustain a culture of safety and accountability with one goal in mind: to assure the quality of care delivered to patients meets or exceeds regulatory and best practices throughout our facility.  

This year there have been many changes within our organization.  In January Hospice and Certified Home Health joined the LCGH family.  We continue to work with the staff members to enhance both programs for our patients and their families.  These new services further strengthen the spectrum of care offered from welcoming new life into the world to providing end of life care.  Another change was the addition of NES HealthCare, a new emergency department management group, and the Rural Physicians Group, a new hospitalist program, to support the work of our family practice and internal medicine doctors.

The LCGH Rehabilitation Department added two new programs aimed at treating adult and pediatric bladder and bowel dysfunctions. 

There were two key additions to our Medical Staff: Obstetrician Norman Neches, MD and Physician Assistant Brittani Bickel.  Dr. Neches joined the Women’s Health Center Obstetrics & Gynecology practice in August to help meet the demand for women’s health care services. Dr. Neches brings extensive experience, both academic and professional to Lewis County.  Physician Assistant Brittani Bickel made it possible for us to staff a fourth community based health center in Harrisville. She now provides a comprehensive family medicine program for patients in the Harrisville area.  Lab draws are available weekly for anyone in need of the service. 

Finally the Hospital’s Dialysis Project is right on schedule.  The Hospital completed the shell of the 7,200 square foot expansion to its Medical Arts Building in November.  The building was then turned over to DaVita so they could undertake the interior finish construction at their own expense.  The goal is to be able to open for business to the public by March 2014.  Patients that currently have to leave the area for Dialysis services will soon be able to remain in Lewis County for care, saving patients and their families travel time and enhancing their quality of life.  

We will continue to evaluate options and opportunities for necessary services and will go on with this process throughout the year to ensure necessary care is available for our community.  Thank you to all of the medical staff, legislators, board members, employees, volunteers, patients and their families for their ongoing support of Lewis County General Hospital and Residential Health Care Facility.