New hospital, new name

Tia Lynn Ivey News

With a new hospital will come a new name and a new attitude. The Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH) team is looking to hospital staff to come up with name ideas for the new $35 million replacement hospital currently being built on the 441 Bypass in Madison.

According to CEO Ralph Castillo, a new name will signify a new era for MMH, one in which every employee, from the top CEO down to the janitors, will adopt a reinvigorated commitment to patient-focused care.

“I want each and everyone of us to live, breathe and die on a vision of a patient-focused center of excellence,” said Castillo. “That’s what we have always been about, but what we will strive toward all the more in the new hospital.”

MMH leaders are exploring new ways to enhance patient-care to keep up with the ever-changing medical and technological advances.

The Morgan Memorial Hospital Authority (MMHA) brought in Mitch Hagins, representative of Studer Group to give a presentation to the board on patient-focused care, and training hospital staff to change and adapt their methods to provide the highest quality care possible.

“I want to help MMH face the challenges and changes as an organization they are going through as they transition into a new hospital facility,” said Hagins. ““You are already successful, we want to help you further that success. You are going to continue to enjoy success in the future.”

“Our organization is committed to becoming a patient-focused center of excellence and that transformation process has already begun in our current facility.  We look forward to partnering with Studer to take that transformation a step further by building a sustainable culture that promotes accountability, fosters innovation, and consistently delivers a great patient experience and the best quality outcomes,” said Megan Morris, director of public relations and community affairs for MMH.

According to Kyle Wilkinson, MMH’s finances are in good shape, seeing another month in the black.

“While census was a little lower than normal in December, we still had a net income for the month of $866, bringing the year to date net income to just over $130,000,” said Wilkinson.  “We are on track for another strong year and anticipate volume growth now that the holiday season is over.  In January we have already reached record-breaking numbers in the Emergency Room.”

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