Fellow community members:
The growth we’ve experienced at CMH over the last two years has been game-changing. Last year alone, we brought on 31 new providers to our medical staff, including a fully-staffed hospitalist team, two general surgeons, radiation oncologist, and new primary care providers in Sabina, Blanchester, and Wilmington.
We touched over 32,000 lives across over 106,000 visits, and we saw an 11% increase in admissions from 2015, as more patients chose CMH for their care. This is truly remarkable, and it’s due to our caregivers and their commitment to putting this community first every single day.
High-quality care is always our very first priority, and this year was another banner year. Our home health team was ranked among HomeCare Elite for the 11th year in a row, making us one of only eight agencies in Ohio to make the list for 11 consecutive years, and one of only 104 agencies nationwide (of over 9,000 agencies reporting). We were named a Blue Distinction Center in maternity care, an elite ranking by Blue Cross Blue Shield for facilities that meet certain standards of quality and efficiency in providing specialty care, and we earned our certification as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital from The Joint Commission.
Second to patient care, I’m most proud of the ways we’ve been able to work in and for the community.
In 2016, our department leaders committed to serving monthly at Your Father’s Kitchen, an experience that has brought them closer to the people we serve than ever before. We helped celebrate the Wilmington High School boys basketball team on their run to state, helped outfit the Blanchester High School football team with all-new practice jerseys, sponsored Little League teams, collected warm clothing for elementary students, and awarded two college scholarships to the family members of CMH employees.
We were proud to support Dr. John Hollon in his quest to be a dancing star in Clinton County, and matched $10,000 in contributions to the historic Murphy Theatre. Our employees planned and hosted community dog walks and chili cook-offs and community health screenings and education events.
We consider it a privilege to serve patients in this community, and a responsibility to give back.
We have a lot to look forward to this year, and we remain diligent in setting our sights higher. We have more primary care providers joining us in the next two months — in Wilmington and in Washington Court House — we’re laying the groundwork for an interventional cardiology program and a geriatric friendly emergency department, we’re making a million-dollar upgrade to our linear accelerator to be on the forefront of radiation therapy technology, and hiring nursing staff throughout our clinical departments to accommodate continued growth.
I can’t begin to say how proud I am of our team and all that we’ve accomplished in the last year, but what excites me most is all that we have to look forward to. CMH is committed to being this region’s healthcare provider for many years to come, and we’re working hard every day to bring you greater access, more specialties, and a higher quality of care.
Thank you for your trust, confidence and support.
Chief Executive Officer