As Benjamin Franklin once said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that’s something more healthcare organizations across the nation are taking to heart. By focusing their attention on providing for the health and well-being of their communities from a preventive viewpoint, many hospitals and healthcare providers are taking a more holistic view of their mission and in the process improving the overall health of the community and saving costs. 

One group of hospitals making this transition is Trinity in the Quad Cities of Illinois/Iowa. The facilities are a network of facilities within and near the Quad Cities. Trinity is part of the larger UnityPoint organization with facilities throughout Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. CFO and Vice President Greg Pagliuzza says by being a part of UnityPoint, Trinity is part of an organization focused on providing population-focused care, which has meant a major change in the system’s operations and services but has put the system in a better position to serve its community while making the most of the resources it has available. 

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Based in Mount Pleasant, Texas, Titus Regional Medical Center (TRMC) is dedicated to providing its community with a high level of care through a coordinated delivery system. The medical center is hard at work sharing news about the level of excellence it provides while helping its staff and patient population navigate the murky waters of healthcare reform.

The concept for Titus Regional Medical Center began in 1949 with the formation of a hospital committee of private citizens, leading to the creation of what was then the 32-bed Titus County Memorial Hospital in December 1953. Today, Titus Regional Medical Center is a 175-bed facility with a staff of more than 70 physicians and mid-level providers and that offers more than 20 specialties in northeast Texas.

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With more than a century of history behind it, Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is a private, nonprofit and full-service acute care hospital with 116 staffed beds and a 15-bed skilled nursing facility. SRMC serves a rural population of approximately 100,000.

“Our expectation is to be the healthcare provider of choice for our patients, physicians, staff and communities,” President and CEO Dr. Anita Hackstedde says.

Growth Stage

SRMC has seen steady growth over the last decade, resulting in continued expansion. Among its core offerings are inpatient/outpatient medical and surgical care, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, endoscopy including ERCP, oncology and medical imaging. The medical center also provides a laboratory and services related to wound care, behavioral health, and speech, occupational and physical therapy, including aquatic therapy. A subsidiary corporation also operates 12 physician practices in a variety of medical and surgical specialties.

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Prevea Health is focused on improving the overall health of the communities it serves by being as committed to preventing illness as it is to treating it. The healthcare clinic partners with its patients by making a commitment to play an active role in wellness. “It’s a commitment on both our part and yours,” Prevea Health says. “Our commitment is to understand you and your health. Your commitment is to take an active role in your own health and wellness.” 

The Green Bay, Wis.-based clinic was founded in 1996 when physicians from the West Side, Webster and Beaumont clinics partnered with St. Vincent and St. Mary hospitals. Prevea Health was named after a combination of the words “prevention” and “panacea,” which means a remedy for all diseases. “With those words, our founders laid the groundwork for who we would become as an organization,” the clinic says. “Innovation, compassion and patient-centered care are at the core of everything we do. Tireless in our efforts, we believe we are the best place to get care and the best place to give care.” 

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It takes specialists to help people with special needs, and Pathways Inc. is the special-needs specialist for 13 counties from south-central to western New York. Its core programs include residential, community-based, educational and home and rehabilitation services. Its specialized programs and services for children, adults and families include those for developmental disabilities, mental health, family support, traumatic brain injury, child care, foster care and nursing home alternatives.

The need for Pathways’ 47 distinct and unique programs is acute because people with special needs are often underserved. “What I find in the medical system is that even the best of doctors are woefully under-experienced in dealing with people with special needs,” President and CEO Edward Lukomski reports. In doing research for his doctoral dissertation, he surveyed physicians about the training they received while in medical school in regards to treating individuals with special needs. “The overwhelming response I received was that they had no formal training or exposure to special needs individuals,” Lukomski maintains. “Only a few physicians said they had limited exposure while performing a rotation in a psychiatric hospital.”

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Established in 1894, Norwegian American Hospital is a 200-bed community hospital. Not that long ago, the hospital was in danger of shutting its doors for good. But over the last five years, Norwegian American Hospital has gotten its house in order and is now looking forward to another century-plus of serving its Chicago community. 

“When I came here from New York in 2010, the hospital was close to closing,” President and CEO José Sánchez says. “It was struggling financially, and it was having issues with quality and accreditation. In the last few years, we’ve passed two Joint Commission reviews, improved quality, brought in new physicians and met all requirements for meaningful use. We’ve also balanced our budget for three straight years and received a number of awards for improving quality from Healthgrades and Leapfrog.” 

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MedStar Harbor Hospital has a lot to contend with in the highly competitive market of healthcare. With 18 other hospitals all within a 15-mile radius, Harbor Hospital strives to set itself apart by focusing on quality and service. 

The hospital sits in one of the most financially challenged communities in the city, where the median household income is about $19,000 per year. Because of this, many people in the area cannot afford adequate healthcare or don’t understand how to get it, so Harbor Hospital focuses its services on supporting the needs of this community.

Every three years, the hospital conducts a community needs assessment to determine which services it should invest in, reinvest in, expand upon or eliminate. 

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Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is a sole community hospital and regional referral center for a population of about 225,000 people in 11 rural counties of Arkansas. Despite a high percentage of uninsured patients in its area, the hospital has not let that hinder its ability to continue innovating and modernizing its facility.

The Pine Bluff, Ark.-based medical center started as a dream of local resident Mattie Crawford, who dedicated her life to seeing Davis Hospital become part of the community. The medical center opened in 1908 and more than 100 years later, through name changes and expansions, Crawford’s dream is alive and well at JRMC, which continues to drive the course of healthcare in southeast Arkansas. “This became her passion,” Executive Vice President Tom Harbuck adds. “It was one woman’s dream and passion that resulted in what we have today.”

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