A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal. It is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. That is the message being conveyed by the 2014 National Hospital week theme, “Compassion, Innovation, Dedication: The Commitment Continues,” as well as the philosophy of Barnesville Hospital since its’ incorporation May 15, 1940. Barnesville Hospital has not only been providing treatment and comfort to the sick, but has played a central role in maintaining a healthy and optimistic community. According to David Phillips, CEO, “This year’s theme for National Hospital Week epitomizes Barnesville Hospital. For over 70 years, our staff have displayed a compassion and dedication rarely matched in health care. Innovation could be used to describe changes at the Hospital over the decades but more appropriately applied to the changes coming soon. The Hospital is preparing to embark on an emergency department expansion project that will serve the community for years to come.”
While maintaining the same ideals and values of “providing quality care to the community” that were responsible for the hospital’s creation in 1940, Barnesville Hospital continues as a source of quality health care to residents of Barnesville and the surrounding areas in western Belmont County, Monroe, Guernsey, Noble, and Harrison counties. A medical staff of more than 50 physicians, representing 20 specialties, and almost 300 personnel provide 24-hour emergency services along with inpatient care, skilled care, and observation services. In addition, Barnesville Hospital offers a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services, including: cardiac diagnostic testing, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, mammography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nutrition and medication counseling, pulmonary function testing, occupational, speech, and physical therapy, electroencephalogram (EEG), electroymyelogram (EMG), Holter cardiac monitoring, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, and sleep care.
Approximately 50,000 inpatient and outpatient visits annually are coordinated through a formal and comprehensive Care Management program. A clinical affiliation with Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University has evolved into a regional network of providers, making referrals through the Ohio State Health Network an enhancement of services and continuity of care.
Excellent health care starts with excellent people. Staff at Barnesville Hospital continuously displays the attributes of CARE – Courtesy, Attitude, Respect, and Enthusiasm. The 31st Annual Employee Service Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday, May 13th to honor the men and women who demonstrate these human qualities which keep Barnesville Hospital at the forefront of health care in the Ohio Valley. Staff annually selects twelve C.A.R.E.givers. The highlight of the evening will be one of these selections being named “C.A.R.E.giver of the Year.”
According to Peggy Douglass, Director of Education & Outreach, “National Hospital Week is about our staff. Change is inevitable but our goals and our mission are constant – a model of excellence in rural healthcare and a vital center of community health activities throughout southeastern Ohio. Our staff want the very best for our patients and that’s what they bring to the hospital every day of the year.”
Public activities planned throughout the celebration will include:
- Barnesville Chamber of Commerce Meeting – To express gratitude for the support provided to the hospital by local organizations, Barnesville Hospital will host the monthly meeting of the Barnesville Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, May 14th, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
- Adult Heartsaver CPR -This program will be offered Wednesday, May 14th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Being prepared and knowing what to do in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest could help save the life of someone you love. There will be no charge for the CPR course; however, to provide individualized instruction, class size is limited and pre-registration is required. The course will be held in the Classroom at Barnesville Hospital. For registration or additional information, call 425-5158.
- “Health Care Choices Remote” – The WBNV Remote Team will be broadcasting live on Thursday, May 15th promoting local health care services. Tune in to 93.5-FM from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to become better informed about the upcoming Barnesville Hospital Emergency Department Expansion and the community’s role in its success, as well as services provided at Barnesville Hospital.
- A Change in the Health Insurance Landscape – Barnesville Hospital will provided educational sessions on health insurance and the new Affordable Care Act on Thursday, May 15th, at 2:00 p.m. and repeated at 6:00 p.m. in the Hospital Classroom. Local Certified Application Counselors from Ohio Hills Health Services, Lana Phillips, Sandra Leasure, and Brandy Stephens, will present information on their roles as Certified Application Counselors, the Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Marketplace and Ohio’s Expanded Medicaid Programs. The goal is to provide individualized assistance, as much as possible.
For more information on Barnesville Hospital and the services provided, visit the hospital’s website at Barnesville Hospital, find us on Facebook, or call Peggy Douglass, M.S., R.N.C., Director of Education & Outreach at (740) 425-5158.