Testimonial: Saving a Rural Hospital from Closure

 

When the employees of Lakeland Community Hospital heard that their facility would be closing in November of 2017 they were devastated. However, hospital employees, government officials, and the community of Haleyville all banded together to keep the doors to rural healthcare in open.

Watch the video to see this incredible story and get a glimpse at the small role MEDHOST played in helping keep this community hospital from closing.

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People here have a real concern for each other.

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They wave at each other.

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They talk to each other.

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We’re a small city yet.

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However, I think we’re progressive also the hospital

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was built in 1969.

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So I was nine years old.

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November the 17th.

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We were called into the CEO’S office

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and were told that on December 31

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that we would be closing.

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We were devastated.

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Tears rolling down my face thinking

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about what was I going to do what was my family going to do.

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What was the town going to need.

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What was our patients going to do.

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It was heartbreaking.

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The nurses had done a bulletin board

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and it said all I want for Christmas

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is for a hospital to stay open.

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You know, that hits you hard.

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We began at that point in time to try

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to put together an organization to figure out

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what we need to do.

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How we need to do.

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The other part was because of the frame

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especially during the holidays, we

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had employees had no time at home with job.

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So trying to keep them to stay with us

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and to put all these things together an actual frame.

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Nobody really thought we could do it.

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I’d never been to Haleyville Alabama before.

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In fact, didn’t know where it was on a map.

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When I got here.

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and walked into that first meeting room

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and got to see the level of concern.

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I turned to my business partner and said.

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If everyone that works in an hospital like those folks

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we just made it really is worth saving this place.

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So that’s when we really dug in and tried

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to get to work to see what we could do.

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We knew that this hospital would not be here if we didn’t stay.

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Even without my department a hospital can’t run an e.r.

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can’t write.

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And that goes for any department.

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It took all of us together, knowing

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that we are trying to help save this hospital.

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Even some of the administrators

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passing outlets trays on the floor because they are so short

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staffed.

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But we wanted to keep the hospital

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open for the community.

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This was a story of everyone coming together.

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So we had to look at the employer, the city

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coming and helping us with some tax revenues and our staff

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obviously.

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But then on top of that, we had to work with all our vendors

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because even if you have the staff if, you don’t have

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essential building blocks to run a hospital like any EMR system

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clearly, we weren’t going to be able to survive

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and MEDHOST was incredibly helpful to us

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because not only did they understand the situation.

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They partnered with us with all the moving parts that we had.

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The last thing we wanted to do was

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try to figure out how to take on even more responsibility.

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When you have a culture like we have of loyalty, commitment,

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respect of each other.

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When you have all of that you can’t fail.

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It’s just not an option.

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And it was not an option for the people of Haleyville.

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The love to in the care that trust

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is going to find that major city since we’ve taken over here

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from a management perspective, we

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brought in an interventional radiologist

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a cardiologist an orthopedic surgeon.

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So now we’re doing things in Lakeland

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that have never been done in this community before.

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I feel like now we are better and stronger than ever.

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We have fought back and we’re trying our best

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to reach out and let everybody know, hey, we’re still here

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we’re still open.

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And we’re going to serve you.

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Here we are almost a year later from the day

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we get that terrible news and hospital pricing

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and we have all of our services back are fully staffed

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and we’re going to be here for a long time.

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Lakeland will go down as a textbook example

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of how you turn a rural hospital that seems

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to be going to close around.

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It has to be everybody on the same page working together

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to make it happen.