Washington Hosts Community Roundtable

July 1, 2011

Mercy continued its series of annual community roundtables June 28 in Union. The event featured getting feedback from community leaders regarding their vision for health care in their towns as well as a presentation by Mercy executives that shared Mercy’s long-range goals for the Franklin County Region.

The presenters were Doctors Jennifer Scheer and Tom Riechers of Mercy Clinic, Terri L. McLain, president of Mercy Hospital Washington, Mike McCurry, chief operating officer for Mercy health system, and Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy. Guests included leaders from schools, businesses, churches, civic and social organizations.

McCurry and Britton shared Mercy’s plans to invest $236 million in the Franklin County region by constructing modern facilities that patients find easily accessible and bringing in new physicians and services. Five new facilities are planned. A highlight of the overall plan could come as early as in two years with the addition of a multispecialty medical building. Additional development is planned for Pacific and St. Clair.   

“Our commitment to this region is deep, as evident by what we’ve outlined,” said Britton. “It’s an investment in advancing medicine for the region and it will bring jobs to the area from construction to health care.”

Guests at each roundtable event are invited to discuss certain health care issues. At the June 28 meeting, about 140 guests discussed what is the role of the community in assuring ongoing good health and what is essential to maintaining strong community medical or health services.

“The community roundtables have been an ongoing opportunity for everyone involved to participate in how Mercy delivers health care locally,” said McLain. “For instance, many people expressed that they were concerned about the health habits of our children. From that, we began a partnership with HealthTeacher, an online health education program that Mercy now offers local schools.”

Britton added, “We entered into the roundtable events to listen and to gather feedback from the people who live and work in the areas we serve.  As we progress the planning, we will continue the conversations and have an action plan to follow into the future that we design together with the very people we serve. It is a very meaningful partnership – and one we hope will change health care as we know it.”

The community roundtable is part of a series of similar events being held in communities across the seven-state region that Mercy serves.

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