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WCH Emergency Room Open House

 

WCH wants to thank everyone that attended our Emergency Department Open House event on Wednesday, August 1 to meet our four (4) new emergency medicine team members. Local residents, physicians, WCH Board members and staff, as well as representatives from emergency air transport teams enjoyed refreshments and the opportunity to talk to our newest ER team members. Altogether, Washington County Hospital’s ER has gained 45+ additional years of emergency medicine experience, and Washington County residents gain even greater access to the health care services you need and deserve.

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WCH Receives Donation for Patient Recliners

The Washington County Hospital is grateful for the donation from the Washington County Home Community & Education (WCHCE) and Evening Belles Chapter to help purchase specially designed recliners for our joint replacement patients.  The donation is in memory of Sue Mueller, long time member of the WCHCE and Evening Belles Chapter.  These recliners have many new options to encourage mobility in patients that are healing from joint replacement surgery.  Thank you to the WCHCE and Evening Belles Chapter for your generous donation.

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WCH Honors Women’s Auxiliary Members

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This past week Washington County Hospital and Medical Group hosted its annual luncheon that honors the WCH Women’s Auxiliary members for their dedication and service to the hospital.  Thirty-five members were present for the luncheon.  Nancy Newby, CEO presented each member with a small gift.  The WCH Board Members, Matt Bierman, Kevin Rench, and Audrey Finke were also present to support the Auxiliary members.  The WCH Women’s Auxiliary is a wonderful organization of volunteers that has been supporting and helping raise money to buy new equipment for the hospital and the members of our community.  The Auxiliary raises money by hosting a number of bake sales and craft sales throughout the year.  They also run the Gift Shop in the hospital and the Thrift Shop downtown and volunteer their time to help with the Blood Drives hosted at WCH.  During the luncheon Melodie Wilkey, President of the WCH Women’s Auxiliary announced their donation to the hospital to help complete the remodel of the front lobby.  Thank you again to all the members of the WCH Women’s Auxiliary for the dedication and hard work each and every member gives to help our community and our hospital.  The Auxiliary consists of over 70 volunteer members and the current officers are Melodie Wilkey, President; Eunice Witte, Vice President; Helen Engele, Secretary; and Bernadine Stein, Treasurer.  If you would like more information about the WCH Women’s Auxiliary or would like to become a member please contact Melodie Wilkey at 618-314-0155.

SSM Health-Southern Illinois and Washington County Hospital Sign Management Agreement

SSM Health – Southern Illinois and Washington County Hospital in Nashville are pleased to announce an expanded partnership. After many years of working together in an affiliate relationship, Washington County Hospital entered a management agreement with SSM Health in May. The agreement will offer Washington County Hospital a wide range of management support services that will provide additional depth and resources to the facility, as the team continues to provide quality health care services to the community.

“In today’s health care environment, it is important for independent hospitals to establish alignment with a strong system,” said Nancy Newby, Chief Executive Officer, Washington County Hospital.  “With this management agreement, our hospital remains independent, yet we gain the resources of SSM Health to assist in guiding our future.  Our priority is to ensure quality health care is provided in our community for the long term future.”

The Washington County Hospital Board selected SSM Health because of the long established working relationship between the two organizations and SSM’s commitment to sustaining health care services in the local community.

“We are very proud to have been selected as Washington County Hospital’s management partner by the Board,” says Kerry Swanson, Regional President, SSM Health – Southern Illinois. “We believe we are better, together.  We look forward to working with this talented team to position Washington County Hospital for the future.”

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