By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer
“Ya’ll remember this facility belongs to you, the citizens of Choctaw County. We are successful because of you,” said Rick Jenkins, president of the Hospital Board of Trustees during the Choctaw Regional Medical Center Christmas Open House.
The Christmas Open House was held December 16 at the hospital with more than 100 in attendance.
“I’m pleased this many people in the community has a place in their heart for healthcare,” said Jenkins to the crowd.
He also gave a brief short history of the Choctaw Regional Medical Center. He said 16 months ago the brand new facility held it’s grand opening then in January Pioneer Health Systems “opted out of their lease.” The Board of Supervisors chose to keep the hospital, clinics and nursing home as county owned and established the Hospital Board of Trustees.
The Trustees began serving August 1 and immediately hired two companies to manage the facilities.
Trilogy Healthcare Solutions manages the hospital and clinics while North Sunflower Management manages the nursing home and oversees the billing. Then shortly after, the Trustees hired Jamie Rodgers as CEO of the hospital and Jan Maddux as administrator of the nursing home.
During the open house, Supervisor Board President Chris McIntire thanked the Trustees for “pouring your heart and soul into here.” He said the Trustees volunteered for the board without having to be asked.
McIntire also reminded the crowd that it would take the community to make the Choctaw Regional Medical Center successful.
“It will take each one of us suing this hospital to make it successful. It’s the best kept secret to come here,” said McIntire.
Todd Lupton with Trilogy and Jim Blackwood with Sunflower also spoke during the open house.
Lupton commended the Trustees for their “passion” and bragged on the staff for their high “level of competence.”
“We are all team members here. We are here to make it better for you everyday,” said Lupton.
Blackwood discussed how the management teams, Trustees and the Board of Supervisors came together in a “collaboration” or “partnership” to get the hospital, clinics and nursing homes open in a very short time period.
He discussed some of the accomplishments made in that time frame and in the four and a half months the facilities have been operating.
“I’m extremely proud to be a part of this,” said Blackwood.
Before closing the program, Jamie Rodgers, hospital CEO, talked about how patients always come first at the Choctaw Regional Medical Clinic.
“Patients come first no matter what. We are paid to be here and they are our customers,” said Rodgers.
He said the he and the staff look for ways to exceed expectations and “look for opportunities to make it (your stay) special.”
He also said that every job at the hospital is important because everyone takes care of the patients.
Rodgers also said he want the community to hold them accountable.
“Tell me any problems or shortcomings. Hold us accountable.”
Two 47” inch televisions were given away to Donna Dilworth and Patty Draper. Attendees entered names into the drawing and had to be present to win.
Trilogy and Sunflower donated the televisions for the door prizes.
Also during the Open House, the Choctaw County High School Madrigals Choir performed and Kory Van Matre opened with instrumental music.