Hi everyone. I hope you all had a tremendous Labor Day holiday and a pleasant start to the autumn season.
The health center is continuing its work on the renovation process for the new Orthopedic & General Surgery Clinics. The interior of the clinic has made great progress. We are set to do a final walk through with the contractor the first week of October. We will then get the area prepped and ready for our move of the orthopedic and surgical clinic equipment and staff. We hope we will be seeing patients for these specialty services in their new clinic location by the latter part of October. We are excited to be nearing completion.
We have begun the renovation work on the parking lot. The contractors have nearly completed their work on the section of the far northeast end of the parking lot where HCHC associates park. We should be able to have associates begin parking on this section again the first week of October. The contractors then will shift to a section of the south parking lot on campus across from Family Medicine of Mt. Pleasant’s entrance the week of October 8. The work in this area will take around three weeks for completion. We appreciate your understanding and patience while this work is being completed.
At the September 20, 2018, Board of Trustees meeting, the board did approve to work with Per Mar Security to provide a security officer for HCHC on a 24/7 basis for the health center’s campus. As I reviewed last month during my update, this was a decision the health center’s leadership has been reviewing over the last several months. Prior to examining the need for security officers, the health center has implemented specific strategies of adding more secured access doors, cameras throughout the facility, along with new policies and procedures for the organization. The health center continues to be proactive by identifying the need for a further investment of the health center in order to continue to improve the safety and security of the organization by adding a security officer. We have already begun the work with Per Mar to begin the process of recruitment of a site supervisor for the security officers who will be here Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Per Mar will then work over the coming months to recruit the remaining security officers. I do appreciate very much the support of the Board of Trustees and Per Mar’s assistance in keeping the safety and security for our patients, elders, families, visitors, associates and medical community a priority going forward.
I would also like to take this time to thank our entire community. Just prior to the start of this year’s Old Thresher’s Reunion, the city of Mount Pleasant experienced a severe storm that brought high winds and heavy rainfall to the community. The community’s response to have everything up and going at Central Park and at the Old Threshers Reunion grounds was amazing. There were so many who contributed to the success of the response: community volunteers, Iowa Wesleyan University, the hard work of the Mount Pleasant Utilities to get power restored, City and Chamber officials doing all they could to assist, and the overall support of the community to assure this year’s Reunion continued as planned. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our local leaders, citizens and IWU students. The response and outcome should make all of us very proud to call Mount Pleasant and Henry County home.
Thanks again for taking the time to read our e-newsletter. Please make sure to look at the current newsletter to review the different events that will be occurring here at the health center. As always, I hope you find it informative and helpful for your health care. If you should happen to have any questions, please feel free to contact Shelley Doak or myself and we will be happy to follow up with you.