Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! I hope you and your families have had an enjoyable holiday season. We got the white Christmas so many of us look forward to at this time of the year.
This month I will start with some very exciting news. The health center has been fortunate to be able to have two physicians sign letters of intent to become full time ER physicians here at HCHC. Dr. Rose Schabilion and Dr. Alex Grekoff will join our medical community during the summer of 2018. Both of these physicians are in their third year of their Family Practice residencies and look forward to coming to Mount Pleasant to practice. They are both great individuals and we are excited for them to provide high quality care to the patients we care for.
HCHC continues to provide the highest level of care for our women’s health patients. Kari Payne, CNM, and Kendra Bonnesen, FNP, CNM, deliver outstanding care with our OB nurses. We have been very fortunate to work with consistent locum OB/GYN physicians as we have continued our search for an OB/GYN physician. We did have one interview this past week with an OB/GYN and we have another interview at the end of January with another physician. We continue to be optimistic that we will be successful in our recruitment efforts.
I am pleased to inform all of you that we will be able to again provide chemotherapy services Monday through Friday here at the health center starting January 1, 2018. Since January 2014, there has been a regulation called Direct Supervision of Outpatient Therapeutic Services. Once this regulation was put in place at that time, we were only able to provide chemotherapy for our patients on the days that the Oncologist was at the health center. This regulation impacted local access for patients who were in need of receiving chemotherapy and many had to drive outside of our community to receive their services. Thankfully, due to advocacy and a commitment to reducing the regulatory burden by the current administration, this regulation has been put on a two year moratorium starting in January of 2018 for Critical Access Hospitals, of which HCHC is one. We are excited to again provide high quality chemotherapy service for our patients as we once did, Monday through Friday.
Our annual report will be coming out shortly to everyone in Henry County in the upcoming Health Update. I would like to thank Shelley Doak, our Public Information Director, and everyone in the health center who contributed to help complete our annual report. I believe you all will find it very informative about the health center’s past year.
Lastly, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and that you and your family have a prosperous and joyful 2018.