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West Tennessee Healthcare's work to bring the best mix of health care services to people in Gibson County is well under way. While preparations are being made for a January launch of new services, all the hospitals, emergency rooms, physical therapy centers, labs, x-ray and other West Tennessee Healthcare services in Gibson County are operating as usual.
"We have teams of people who are working to roll out what we have planned for Gibson County and we are making steady progress," said Bobby Arnold, CEO of West Tennessee Healthcare.
Beginning in January 2014, West Tennessee Healthcare's medical campus in Humboldt will be called Humboldt Medical Center. The transition will include the transformation of the Emergency Department into the north campus of the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital Emergency Department.
When this transition is made, patients arriving at the Emergency Department in Humboldt will be in the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital system which can streamline many processes. When needed, admissions and the transfer of CT scans and other digital records will be a seamless process with Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
The Humboldt Medical Center Emergency Department will bring more emergency services closer to the residents of Trenton, Humboldt, Three Way and north Medina.
"As more of our plans are finalized we look forward to providing more information about how we are tailoring our services to each community's needs," says Karen Utley, vice president of hospital services.
Trenton Medical Center will also launch in January 2014. Urgent Care services will be added 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. In-patient hospital services and emergency room services will end.
Other services in the Trenton Medical Center will include post-discharge follow up care, screenings, and disease management. Medical specialty care including cardiology will be offered on a regular rotating schedule.
Sports Plus outpatient physical therapy will remain a centerpiece of Trenton Medical Center. All of the physical therapists, most who have been with Sports Plus for years, will continue working with patients with no disruption in services.
The on-site lab will continue to operate in the Trenton Medical Center to serve local physicians and local residents. There will be no change in the lab staff.
"As we continue to align our services in Gibson County we will constantly monitor needs so that we can provide the types of health care people need most often close to home," says Arnold.
In Milan, a hospitalist program has been added. The hospitalists will collaborate with primary care physicians throughout Gibson County and beyond to ensure excellent care for hospitalized patients.
West Tennessee Healthcare's mission is to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve while providing exceptional and compassionate care.