2015-01-15 / News

Still working to keep hospital operating



Wills Memorial Hospital CEO Jane Echols told the Washington Rotary Club that despite a shortfall with the in-patient census, out-patient procedures are steady and a recent rise in swing beds could be a “saving grace” for the hospital. She said the long-standing “stable physician base” including Dr. David Kirk, Dr. Robert Williams, and Dr. Kirk Dodson is another strong asset for the struggling rural hospital. With the consulting firm Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) now working with Wills Memorial, Echols reiterated the plea for the community to use the hospital whenever possible. “Our city and county are always there and willing to help however they can,” she said. “CHC is our ally and we are really encouraged, trying to be professional, exploring options to secure our future,” she added. Wills Memorial Hospital CEO Jane Echols told the Washington Rotary Club that despite a shortfall with the in-patient census, out-patient procedures are steady and a recent rise in swing beds could be a “saving grace” for the hospital. She said the long-standing “stable physician base” including Dr. David Kirk, Dr. Robert Williams, and Dr. Kirk Dodson is another strong asset for the struggling rural hospital. With the consulting firm Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) now working with Wills Memorial, Echols reiterated the plea for the community to use the hospital whenever possible. “Our city and county are always there and willing to help however they can,” she said. “CHC is our ally and we are really encouraged, trying to be professional, exploring options to secure our future,” she added.

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