With the New Year upon us, I would like to reflect on the past year of activities, and share some of the plans for the Power County Hospital District to come.
We have accomplished several wonderful things this last year. With continued advancements of technology in health care, we strive to keep up and utilize the best equipment we can for better patient care. We installed a new electronic medical record at our clinic that ties to our hospital system. We updated the fiber optics to our facilities, received an ultrasound machine and received enough donations to purchase a new lab bio-analyzer to test for cardiac problems faster. We also improved patient areas with new paint in the nursing home, new roof at physical therapy, and furniture updates. We do the best we can to always make our aging facility clean and comfortable for our patients. This fall we were also excited to expand telemedicine services with better access to specialty care with a partnership with the University of Utah Health Care for teleburn care.
We are always eager to help and participate in our community to promote healthy living for all ages. In 2016 we participated in area community health fairs, held several CPR classes, Teddy Bear Clinic, FREE clinic health screenings, lab wellness program, Brake for Breakfast and more. These events and supporting the health of our businesses and residents is important to fulfilling our mission as a partner in our community and we will continue to do so.
We have also been blessed by the Pink Ladies Auxiliary with many hours of volunteer time and contributions that helped purchase items for the facility and residents. They celebrated their 53rd anniversary as an organization in 2016 and we are so grateful to have their support!
The generosity and hard work of the PCHD Foundation also organized two fun runs, a golf tournament, and Christmas auction in 2016 to raise funds. This money along with grants and donations helped to purchase equipment for the facility. We appreciate their continued work to help improve health care in our area and support of PCHD.
In 2017, the District plans to continue pursuing a renovation bond from the community to complete the many necessary major renovations for our aging facility at the May election. Community members interested in helping us with this endeavor and educating more people about the bond details are welcome to come to a community meeting on January 18th at 7:00 p.m. at the Hospital Administration Annex. These renovations are an important next step for our facility to move forward in providing the best medical care and services our community deserves and to help with greater economic growth potential for our area. We also look forward to welcoming our newest physician, Dr. Scott Conover and his family to the community beginning full-time in the summer as another health care resource.
We are blessed to have great health care here in American Falls. The providers give great care, the nursing staff is second to none, and all the employees of PCHD work hard daily, to provide the very best at what we do. On behalf of all of the employees at Power County Hospital District, we wish you a healthy and prosperous 2017!
Dallas Clinger, Administrator