It was our pleasure to host Representative Scott Tipton at Southwest Memorial Hospital on Thursday, August 8th. Rep. Tipton toured the facility including the new 20-bed inpatient wing, ICU, and Family Birthing Center, as well as our OR, ER, Rehab Department, 4-suite Medical Office building with primary and specialty care clinics. Tipton and his staff were impressed with the extensive services offered at our facility.
Following the tour, representation from support and clinical departments, MCHD and SHS Board members reviewed recent successes, challenges and opportunities with Rep Tipton. Discussions included challenges in recruiting rural primary care providers and surgical call coverage, opportunities and challenges with telemedicine to provide additional support to patients and clinical staff to improve mental and behavioral health, need for additional resources for suicide and substance abuse, access challenges for our service members, reimbursement, high-cost insurance premiums in rural communities, and infrastructure upgrades needed in the older part of the facility. It was a great opportunity to collaborate and share. Rep Tipton provided great feedback on current bills working through legislation that could potentially address some of our concerns.
We’d like to extend a special thanks to Cody Burke, CRNA for coordinating the visit!