Posted by Ken Richardson on Jul 28, 2018

CEO of SageWest hospitals addresses Lander Rotary

  In an off the cuff presentation, Alan Daugherty CEO of Sage West Hospitals, gave Lander Rotary great news about the County Hospitals.
  Since it seems that the media only focuses on bad news concerning the local hospitals this news was very welcome.
  Read more for an outline of Mr. Daugherty's address to Lander Rotary.
Update by SageWest CEO Alan Daugherty Lander Rotary July 25, 2018
LifePoint acquired by Apollo Global:
SageWest Health Care views the announcement of our owner, LifePoint Health, merging with fellow healthcare leader RCCH HealthCare Partners as extremely positive. The two organizations are aligned and share SageWest’s commitment to ensuring that our communities have access to high quality care, close to home. We are proud of our contributions to the Lander and Riverton communities and our affiliation with LifePoint. After the merger closes, we believe we will be well positioned to meaningfully extend our mission of Making Communities Healthier.
The transaction should have no impact on the way patients access our hospitals, physicians or other locations. Our priority and focus will continue to be providing high quality patient care.
Blood typing and cross matching:
Our top priority is ensuring the people we serve have access to the care they need, when they need it. There has been some chatter about the lab capabilities at Riverton, and we want to clarify what’s happening.
First and foremost, healthcare is a complex and highly-regulated industry – one that requires all providers to regularly evaluate and test skills and ability. Following a recent evaluation, our laboratory services at Riverton began a mandatory 6-month pause (which began in June) on blood typing and crossmatching while we provide additional training for our medical technologists. After that time, we fully anticipate resuming our ability to type and crossmatch blood in the Riverton lab. In the meantime, those tests are being conducted in Lander.
When this decision was made, we brought together our community’s first responders and emergency room physicians so we could make a collective decision on the best way to continue providing quality, safe care to local residents. From there, we developed guidelines for first responders to use when determining the most appropriate location for the treatment of trauma patients and those guidelines were distributed to EMS and all emergency personnel within SageWest.
To be clear, this is just a temporary pause in blood typing and matching. We are still doing blood draws in Riverton, and we do have the capability to administer O negative blood – which does not have to be typed – in the event of a trauma.
In the meantime, our lab services at Lander remain fully operational.
Recent SageWest successes:
• Fully accredited by The Joint Commission
• Chest Pain Center Accreditation
• Level IV Trauma Center Designation
• Top 20 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities
• Sleep Lab Accreditation
• March of Dimes recognition for less than 1% deliveries before 39 weeks
• LifePoint National Quality Program received 2017 John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety
– SageWest enrolled in LifePoint NQP, in partnership with Duke University
• Perfect Score Awarded by SIPS Consults
• Harms Reductions
New Providers in 2018:
Dr. Jeff Anderson, Obstetrics/Gynecology (6/1)
Kim Kearney, NP Psychiatry (7/23)
Dr. Melissa Hertler, Ear, Nose and Throat (8/1)
Dr. Katherine Garnett, Hospitalist (9/1)
Dr. Claude Minor, General Surgeon (5/18)
What’s next for SageWest:
- Telehealth
- Telecardiac monitor
- Expanding services:
- Cardiology, Neurology, Orthopedics, Endovascular, General surgery, Urology