May 15, 2008

SCMH Celebrating Four Decades of Service During National Hospital Week May 11-17

During National Hospital Week May 11thĖ17th Scotland County Memorial Hospital will celebrate approaching four decades of service.

The hospital was born in 1970 with the initial governing board of directors consisting of Glen Myers (chairman), Clare Morgan (vice president), Hollis Boyer, Leon Cowell, Paul Drummond, and P.C. Hinds. The Administrator was Gale Robertson, and the Ladies Auxiliary listed Beverly Daggs (president), Helen Cone (vice president), Marilyn Kittle (secretary), and Jean Crawford (treasurer), as its members.

But the hospitalís beginnings date back prior to 1970. Stories were running in the Memphis Democrat in June of 1968 by Dorothy Childress, reporting on the drive to create a community hospital and offering citizens the opportunity to sign pledges. The news the following year focused on donations from local organizations and the scheduling of fund-raising events as 1969 was spent continuing to work toward the goal.

That dream came to life during the grand opening in July of 1970, with more than 3,000 guests in attendance to help open Scotland County Memorial Hospital, according to local news stories. At 8:00 a.m. July 20, SCMH opened its doors with two patients admitted.

The first baby to arrive at SCMH was born to Mr. and Mrs. Kent DaVolt, arriving at 9:42 a.m., Tuesday, July 21st, 1970. The hospitalís first set of twins was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Azinger of Memphis, on March 26, 1971.

Nearly three decades later a story in the Memphis Democrat would read: ďMini baby boom hits SCMH with Seven Babies born in a 48 hour-periodĒ.

The original active medical staff physicians that manned the hospital in 1970 included John Beckert, D.O.,G.P., Mary K. Bruns, D.O., G.P. (chief-of-staff), Harlo L. Donelson, D.D.S., Earl R. Minter, D.O., G.P. (vice-chief-of-staff) and Cecil M. Simler, D.O., G.P.

The facility didnít take long to expand. In February of 1974 the voters of Scotland County approved a bond issue for a 10-bed addition as well as other improvements to the health care facility.

A decade after the doors opened, three of the original board of directors were honored for continuing to serve the facility. Glen Myers, Paul Drummond and Hollis Boyer marked the 10th anniversary of their service to the hospital, along with 13 SCMH employees.

Two years later, a supporter of Scotland County Memorial Hospital, Ronald W. Keller, D.O., P.C. opened his clinic practice of general medicine in 1982.

That same year, University of Missouri helicopters began 24-hour emergency services to SCMH, and new services offered at SCMH included an emergency ďlifelineĒ program for people in their own homes.

In 1995 the hospital dedicated one of SCMHís largest expansions, an outpatient/emergency services complex adjoining the south-side of the hospital complex, providing a two-bay emergency room, an expanded laboratory, a cardiopulmonary center, a cardiac rehab center, a physical therapy rehab center, and also included a new specialty physician outpatient clinic center, plus a new 2-bay ambulance base.

Additionally that same year the ďCradle-Of-CareĒ Birthing Center was improved and expanded as well as the Radiology Department which was enlarged, expanded and relocated near the ER.

In 1998 the continuing need to provide quality healthcare for Scotland County involved another large building project producing a new medical building into which Robert Schneider, D.O. board certified in family practice, moved his existing practice.

The building houses two large reception areas, five physician offices, clinical exam rooms, a procedure room, and obstetric and gynecological exam rooms.

SCMH continues to operate Memphis Medical Services at this site as well as Wyaconda Medical Services, and Lancaster Medical Services in those communities.

In the new millennium hospitals in the region were closing their birthing departments. From this disparity came a visionary idea by the hospitalís CEO Marcia Dial and the hospital board and other leaders.

Once again, Scotland County Memorial Hospital took the lead in procuring funding, hammering out statistics and plans, which included a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

The SCMH Womenís Center featuring Childbirth and Beyond was funded by a $1,318,255 grant awarded in 2005 by the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH), and matching funds from SCMH. Together, the projectís total cost was more than $2.28 million.

Scotland County Hospital did not stop there. The newest additions include a new physician clinic area with special procedure and exam rooms, and physician offices, connected to Memphis Medical Services.

2008 brought even more additions including an all new Cardiopulmonary Department, a fully equipped all new Cardiac Rehab Center, also a new expanded Therapy Services Center, and an area specially constructed and designed for nuclear stress testing.

ďWatch for details of an Open House to see all the things 2008 has brought,Ē said SCMH public relations director Bud Wilson.

Hospital services now available right here in Memphis include: Medical, Surgical, Pediatrics, ICU, Rheumatology, IV Therapy Center, Emergency Room, New Womenís Center, Including Cradle-of-Care Birthing Center, Physical Therapy Services Center, Laboratory Services, Radiology, Ultrasound, Mammography, PET Scans, CT Scans, & MRI Scans, Nuclear Stress Testing, Cardiopulmonary Department, Inpatient & Outpatient Surgery, General & Gynecological Surgery Suites, Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Center, IV Therapy, Skilled Care, Intermediate Care, and Internal Medicine.

The current SCMH physician staff includes: Bill Dixon, M.D. (family practice) Chief-of-Staff, Ronald Keller, D.O. (family practice), Robert Schneider, D.O. (family practice), Celeste Miller-Parish, D.O. (General Surgery), Matt Cormier, D.O. (family practice), Brigitte Cormier, D.O. (family practice), Robert Jackson, D.O. (internal medicine / rheumatology), Jeff Davis, D.O. (family practice), Elliott Hix, D.O. (emergency medicine), Gemma Ciesemier, D.O. (family medicine), and Randy Tobler, M.D. (obstetrics & gynecology)

ďOn the horizon in 2008 and 2009 you will see and hear about new and exciting services and plans being made available at Scotland County Hospital,Ē said Wilson.

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