"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Making Strides

I have blogged in the past about the many ways that we are trying to improve the health and well being of our patients.  So far, we seem to be on the right track and are seeing improved outcomes, including reduced admissions, for those who are receiving  appropriate follow-up care and support from these newly implemented services.

Our Outpatient Coagulation Clinic opened late last fall and has already outgrown its current location.  In order to accommodate the growing number of patients, it just moved to a larger, off-site location.  It's actually sharing space with one of our Primary Care Centers, all of which are experiencing increased volumes. 

The Center for Diabetes Management continues to see more and more patients.  An outgrowth of that service will be a new diabetes support group, which meets for the first time tomorrow night.  It will be facilitated by two certified diabetes educators and a registered dietitian.  Participants will be able to learn from the expertise of the entire diabetes team and will benefit from the interaction of others who share their concerns. 

All of these activities are examples of how we are meeting the challenge of healthcare change by improving the health of the patients we serve.  What is most rewarding is the benefit that our patients derive from these new services.

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