Health care town hall meeting planned for next month

Pat Samway(standing) describes plan for a community garden in Lexington this year.


The Lexington Regional Health Center Board of Directors took care of several housekeeping items during their meeting Tuesday night. Among them were policies on an organizational plan of care and a resolution to designate the facility for trauma care. CEO Leslie Marsh gave an update on her ongoing evaluation of aligning the hospital with two regional provider networks that are forming in the state. Part of the advantage is getting better rates for insurance reimbursements. She also reported on the status of recruiting new physicians to the community. They maintain regular contact with two potential candidates.

There will be some changes to the Lexington Regional Health Center's Community Fitness Initiative program this year. Among them is the children's garden that has been located on land provided by the First Presbyterian Church. Pat Samway told Board members that the project will be opened up as a community garden, spearheaded by hospital staff. They plan to organize a community day where everyone will be invited to come in plant. Samway is Director of Community Affairs for the Health Center.

Human Resources Director Jill Denker gave a report on ongoing efforts with the Health Center's initiative called "Creating a Healthy Community". As part of that effort they will host another community town hall meeting next month focusing on what Denker described as "community education". Among the topics, she said, will be post-hospital care services and the health insurance exchange program. She said they will also be doing some education on their MRI and Radiology Service. "Apparently there's been some misconceptions in the community about the high quality that our images do provide."
Radiology Director Jo Swartz told Board Members that the Health Center's radiologists are peer reviewed and the equipment they use are the same as ones used in larger communities. Swartz said specialists have complimented them on the imagery they provide.
The community town hall is tentatively scheduled for March 18th at Kirk's Restaurant.

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