by Mercy's Nancy Hughson
TROY, Mo. - This month, Mercy is celebrating one year of serving the Lincoln County community. It's been an eventful year since Lincoln County Medical Center began operating as Mercy Hospital Lincoln. During these busy months, we’ve been working hard to connect with community leaders and members to learn more about local health care needs. And we’ve put what we’ve learned into practice with many updated services at both our hospital and clinic locations.
One of the primary messages we heard from community members was about the need to increase access to quality care. We’re working to do that in many ways.
At Mercy Hospital Lincoln, we’ve built upon the strengths already in place – especially our co-workers – while bringing several new and many improved services to the community.
Emergency Department (ED). Our ED has been diligently working to improve processes, care and the patient experience at Mercy. And we have. As a result of significant improvements, we saw 13,856 patients in 2015 – an 8.3 percent increase over 2014.
Perhaps the biggest news is we now offer Telestroke in Lincoln County, Mercy’s time-saving system designed to get stroke patients in front of a board-certified neurologist faster than ever before. It saves lives and improves outcomes for patients.
When a patient arrives at the hospital with stroke-like symptoms, the Mercy team immediately initiates a video consultation with a neurologist through two-way, audio-visual technology. The physician evaluates the patient based on specific criteria to determine if t-PA (tissue plasminogen activator) or intra-arterial therapy can be administered to lessen or reverse the damage caused during a stroke. It’s another way we’re advancing care in our community.
Urgent Care. Because accidents and illnesses can happen anytime – even when your regular doctor isn’t available. That’s why Mercy Urgent Care extended operating hours in June 2015 and beginning April 4 will be open daily from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Walk in without an appointment and get the medical attention you need at a lower cost and with a shorter waiting time than in the emergency room.
Mercy Urgent Care is located at 1000 E. Cherry Street in Troy. For more information, call 636-528-3495.
Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Our ICU provides 24/7 care to critically ill patients and those who require advanced monitoring. The ICU has four private rooms designed to promote healing and keep families close. It’s staffed by specially-trained RNs and LPNs who are experienced in critical care.
Radiology. Mercy Hospital Lincoln Radiology Services is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Distinguished with the ACR gold seal for “highest level of image quality and patient safety” in CT, MRI, mammography, ultrasound and nuclear medicine imaging services. We now offer Open Bore MRI with a foot of spacious headroom as well as more elbow and legroom so you won’t feel like you’re nose-to-nose with the equipment during an MRI.
Therapy Services. Our experienced therapists offer comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation services for pediatric, adolescent and adult patients in six private treatment rooms and a large gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment. In addition to neuro-muscular wellness, we treat a wide variety of wound and skin disorders, post-op hand surgeries, communication and cognitive disorders. Our programs include patient education, supervised exercise and support. We’ll work with you to develop a rehabilitation plan, monitor your progress and help you plan for future self-management.
In addition to programs for arthritis, workers’ comp and everything in between, we offer specialized programs for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Cardiac Rehab. A crucial part of healing after a cardiac event is cardiac rehabilitation. Our cardiac rehab team evaluates your health history, assesses your physical abilities and medical limitations to tailor a program that fits your individual needs. We’ll keep your personal physician up-to-date on your progress throughout the program.
Pulmonary Rehab. This program helps those with chronic respiratory disease live more active lives by improving physical endurance and function, decreasing shortness of breath and increasing independence. Our highly specialized team of health care professionals works together to provide a focused, individualized program.
Surgery. Anxious about surgery? Let our surgical team put you at ease. We'll work with you and your family to help you understand the best options. Our expert surgeons offer a variety of procedures from simple to complex. Services include general surgery, orthopedic surgery, urology, pain management, ophthalmology, gastroenterology and others. Often, our surgeons are able to use less invasive techniques that require smaller incisions. That means fewer complications and faster recovery for you. Many surgeries may also be done on an outpatient basis.
Lab. Mercy Hospital Lincoln’s Laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists. We offer a full range of lab services with test results immediately transmitted to your physician’s office. Patients may also have specimens collected and tested here, and the results sent to a specialist in another city.
Drug-Testing Services. We offer comprehensive drug and alcohol testing services with fast turnaround times performed by certified technicians Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Our wide variety of services span everything from pre-employment drug testing to on-site specimen collection, post-accident drug testing, reasonable suspicion drug testing and random drug testing including management of databases.
You can reach any department at Mercy Hospital Lincoln by calling 636-528-8551.
You don't often think about your doctor until you get sick. But being well between visits is just as important. At Mercy, we focus on helping you stay healthy, too. In Lincoln County, Mercy Clinic physicians and advanced practioners provide primary care for children and adults, specialty care and access to many specialists when you need them.
In the last year, Mercy has participated in a wide variety of community events. Selected highlights include:
Recently, Mercy Health Foundation Lincoln was established to help us find new and innovative ways to deliver the best health care in our community. The Foundation will support projects that provide advanced technology and capital needs for Mercy Hospital Lincoln. Upcoming fundraising events include a sporting clay shoot and a golf tournament.
This summer, Mercy Hospital Lincoln and Mercy Clinic offices in Troy, Elsberry and Winfield will join Mercy’s electronic health record (EHR). This is great news for patients. Our EHR puts vital Information at our physicians and patients’ fingertips:
We’re continuing to assess the needs of the community for specialty services particularly cardiology and women’s health.
We’ll be offering health screenings to promote wellness and reduce health risks in our community.
It’s been a great first year working with you to improve the health care in Lincoln County. Thank you for welcoming us to the community and helping us focus on the health care needs that are most important to you. We look forward to a long-lasting and very healthy partnership.
Learn more at mercy.net/Lincoln.