NEWBERRY — Despite describing the modern healthcare environment as “tough,” especially for small hospitals, CEO Bruce Baldwin said Newberry County Memorial Hospital is strong and ready to face the challenges it will see in the coming years.
“I am also very proud to report that NCMH continues to be very financially solid and continues to be able to purchase state of the art equipment, pay a fair wage to the great employees we have working here, including budgeted plan increases in January, and remain the independent hospital that serves Newberry County,” he said.
Baldwin reported the number one cause of infant deaths in the postnatal period, more than all other causes combined, is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the use of a wearable blanket as a better, safer way to keep babies warm and comfortable,” he said. “Our OB staff will be incorporating the use of the swaddles for our new babies born at Newberry hospital.”
Additionally, hospital staff will be making an effort to educate and train new parents with safe sleeping tips.
Baldwin also reported that Valerie Leaphart, whom he described as “excellent,” has recently accepted an offer to take over as director of the hospital’s pharmacy.
The hospital is currently interviewing for a new director of the Patient Financial Service Department but is presently operating well under interim leadership.
As has been the case thus far in 2016, the left-without-treatment time in the Emergency Department was further reduced in May to 2.4 percent, or 46 patients.
Hospital leadership is planning to promote the Mammography Department by marketing breast cancer awareness in the month of August through advertisements and events.
Additionally the hospital is preparing for health fair season which begins each year in August. Staff will be promoting the hospital at various community events including the Little Mountain Reunion, the Chapin Labor Day Festival and Newberry’s Oktoberfest.
The next event benefiting the hospital’s foundation will be a golf tournament at the Country Club of Newberry on Oct. 13.
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