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Building a Healthy Community Supporting Local Healthcare
March 12, 2009
For over 45 years, Madison County Hospital has been a part of the community. Just like many of the area businesses, MCH has made many positive contributions to our quality of life and to our community. The hospital serves as a health care provider, economic driver, charitable organization, employer, educator and community advocate.
Every hour of every day, there are people who depend on Madison County Hospital's physicians, caregivers and staff to cure their illnesses, mend their injuries and ease their pain.
There are hospitals in 78 of Ohio's 88 counties. Hospitals have a tremendous impact on the Ohio economy with over 320,000 jobs in our hospital's healthcare systems. In rural areas, like Madison County, hospitals help attract and retain college graduates by providing high-tech jobs for young people that might otherwise leave communities heavily dependent on agriculture. Rural hospitals also help support other health care jobs in the area by recruiting physicians and pharmacists that might not otherwise be needed in the absence of a hospital.
Hospitals play a strong role in the thriving economy of an area and a flourishing hospital adds to the appeal of a community as a place to settle, locate a business or retire.
In response to the immense need for prevention and treatment of the disease, Madison County Hospital celebrated the grand opening of the Battelle Breast Cancer Center in the fall of 2008.
In addition to providing resources for breast care, the hospital also offers the New Beginnings Prenatal Clinic every Friday to help new moms prepare for the physical and emotional aspects of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. Clinic fees are determined by the patient's ability to pay.
The hospital also offers two important and potentially life-saving classes in CPR and First Aid. These classes teach valuable skills that may help a community member save someone's life in the event of an emergency.
Each year, MCH provides free health screenings, including cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, bone density and sun damage at various area health fairs and local businesses.
Coping with Cancer is designed to bring cancer patients and survivors together. Coping with Cancer meets at 6 p.m. the second Monday of the month, September through November and January through May, in the Harley Room at Madison County Hospital. Everyone whose life has been touched by any type of cancer is invited to attend.
The Madison County Hospital Home Health Hospice program offers a Loss Support Group to those who are grieving a loved one. The support group is free and open to the public.
Training for Future Healthcare Workers
Other departments, including Administration and Marketing, have hosted summer interns to prepare students for work in the field of healthcare.
MCH is also involved in disaster preparedness locally, participating in local disaster drills and conducting them regularly to make sure all staff is ready to respond to community needs in the event of a real calamity.
Caring for the Community
In 2008, over 14,000 people were treated in the emergency room. The hospital also welcomed 260 babies in our maternity suites.
MCH medical staff performed surgery on over 380 inpatients and over 1,000 outpatients.
Hospital employees are proud of the work being done each day at their facility. Over 80% of hospital employees give a portion of their salary back to the hospital through the employee giving club, HEARTS. The money is then used to help co-workers in times of need or to support hospital initiatives and purchase equipment.
Reality of Healthcare in Today's Economy
Unfortunately, health care is not immune to the current economic crisis going on in our country. Half the nation's hospitals are running at a loss, dealing with difficult decisions about how to reduce expenses and still continue to provide needed services. It isn't that the demand for health care services is diminishing. In fact, the need for particular services is growing. But in all areas of health care, it is becoming more and more difficult for hospitals and physicians to cover even the costs of doing business today.
What would life be line in Madison County without the hospital? Imagine one of our community members suffering a heart attack in the car while trying to reach a Columbus hospital emergency department. Think about all the generations of mothers who have greeted their brand new babies in the hospital's family-centered birthing center. Consider what it would be like to drive to the city, pay to park, and walk a long distance, just for an outpatient surgery, a CT scan, an MRI, physical therapy or lab services.
Every member of our community should take pride in our local hospital and take advantage of the services offered there. The hospital and its medical staff are here to welcome new life into the world, provide comfort when losing a loved one, and be the steady hands that provide life-saving surgery. MCH gives back to the community ~ not just in medical care, but also through countless services and programs that make our community strong and healthy. By turning to Madison County Hospital for our health care needs, everyone plays an important role in assuring the hospital will be here to serve us and future generations.