ROCHELLE — Rochelle Community Hospital is an instrumental part of the Rochelle community. Health care is advancing at RCH and Mark Batty, Chief Executive Officer, is inviting the community to an informative dinner event on Jan. 31.
Attendees will enjoy a light dinner buffet and presentation at Holcomb State Bank. A $5 registration fee is required at the door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6 p.m. and followed by a presentation with a question and answer session at 6:20 p.m.
“In the face of increasing competition for the Rochelle health care market, we at Rochelle Community Hospital want to take the time to once again illustrate our commitment to your local health care,” Batty said. “Rochelle Community Hospital is proud to say we’ve always been the cornerstone of health care for the communities we serve and we continue to strive to be the healthcare provider of choice for you and your family. For 100 years Rochelle Community Hospital has been your community hospital - friends taking care of friends, as we like to say - since many of your friends and neighbors work at RCH.”
RCH continues to be one of the largest employers in the community, contributing in excess of $11.5 million in salaries, wages and employee benefits to the community. RCH also provides more than $6 million annually in uncompensated care for patients unable to pay.
“With this in mind, we like to consider ourselves one of the economic engines in the Rochelle community,” Batty added. “Our number one focus is strengthening our patients’ health by delivering excellent care.”
The dinner on Jan. 31 will focus on the basics of health care reform, recent RCH accomplishments and the impact that RCH has on the community.
“As you know, the health care industry is rapidly changing. RCH will stay financially strong by rising above the challenges and using our resources wisely. This will enable us to continue providing exceptional service to our patients, add value to our strategic assets and stay up to date on the latest technology,” Batty said.
One of RCH’s goals is to support healthcare providers and offer local access to specialties identified by the community and primary care physicians. For example, RCH recently partnered with the Midwest Orthopedic Institute (M-O-I) to provide a broad range of orthopedic services to the community.
In April 2012, Rochelle Community Hospital became the second healthcare institution in the country to install a Toshiba health care™ PRIME CT scanner — a 160-slice scanner that delivers the highest picture quality with the lowest dose of radiation. In early 2013, through collaboration with M-O-I, RCH will install a new MRI unit which will be available on-site 24 hours per day. With the addition of these two pieces of equipment, RCH will have the best diagnostic imaging equipment available in the region.
“Our commitment to high-quality patient care has been enhanced by our implementation of an Electronic Medical Record earlier this year,” Batty said.
In a recent hospital consumer assessment of area healthcare providers and systems for the third quarter, RCH received top ratings in many areas of hospital care. Areas on the survey included communication between the patient with doctors and nurses, cleanliness of patient rooms and facilities, explanation of medication administration and discharge information. Results of the survey are available online at www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare.gov.
“We live by standards of care to continually improve clinical outcomes of our patients. Our commitment to high-quality patient care has been enhanced by our implementation of an Electronic Medical Record earlier this year, “ Batty said. “We will continue to increase our role in Rochelle and the surrounding communities to assure you will never have to travel far for outstanding, effective treatment. We recognize the new medical clinics coming to town and want to reinforce that RCH is a community hospital and there is no need to seek healthcare out of town when it’s not necessary.”
Those interested in attending the health care event are encouraged to call 815-561-3110 by Jan. 25 to reserve a seat. The $5 registration fee will be taken at the door on the night of Jan. 31 and the proceeds will benefit the RCH Foundation.
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