New Construction = Happy Physicians

Physicians in residency training programs typically train at hospitals where all the bells and whistles are available for the physicians as well as the patients.

For example, for the past few years, most physicians leaving residency have never used a paper patient chart because electronic medical records are the modern way to keep patient records. Physicians the TCMH is trying to recruit commonly ask about the electronic medical records system available to them. Luckily for TCMH, we started implementing EMR in 2005, so our hospital is “more wired” than many hospitals that may be competing with us to recruit the same doctors.

Physicians in residency are accustomed to new technology like 64-slice CT units and to services like private patient rooms. In the past few years, TCMH has highlighted the expansion project for any physicians they were speaking with. Not only does an expansion project like the one underway at TCMH help the hospital recruit physicians, it helps TCMH keep the current physicians happy with the progress being made to improve patient care and to keep equipment up to date, too.

Joshua Wolfe, MD, and his wife, Melissa, visited TCMH in June 2012. The Wolfes came to Texas County from Colorado where Dr. Wolfe is a family medicine and obstetrics resident physician. Dr. Wolfe was looking for a practice where he could see patients in the clinic and admit patients and provide obstetrical services in a local hospital. TCMH had exactly what Dr. Wolfe was looking for, and the new construction underway, showed “progress” on behalf of a hospital in rural America.

“Texas County stood out to us before we even started looking for jobs because of a unique combination of small, rural towns and a progressive hospital capable of caring for diverse medical issues,” Dr. Wolfe said when he accepted the full-time position at TCMH last summer.

When the Wolfes visited TCMH last June, they donned hard hats and took a look around at the vast expanse of concrete and steel beams that was the future for patient care at the hospital. Earlier this week the Wolfes and their three boys were able to spend a couple of days in Texas County again. Josh and Melissa were very excited to show their sons the place they would be moving to in July 2013. They had lunch one afternoon with the TCMH Family Clinic staff in Licking. Most importantly, they were able to look at a house and some property between Houston and Licking they have under contract to purchase later this year!

While Melissa kept the three boys entertained, Dr. Wolfe and Wes Murray, TCMH CEO, donned hard hats and ventured into the construction site–which has changed a lot since last summer.

Dr. Joshua Wolfe (right) and Wes Murray, TCMH CEO, are standing in a new medical surgical patient room on the second floor of the new construction.  Murray is explaining the process of  the bathroom floors in the patient rooms that are poured on and have different levels of texture in the shower and around the bathroom fixtures.

Dr. Joshua Wolfe (right) and Wes Murray, TCMH CEO, are standing in a new medical surgical patient room on the second floor of the new construction. Murray is explaining the process of the bathroom floors in the patient rooms that are poured on and have different levels of texture in the shower and around the bathroom fixtures.

Here, Wes and Dr. Wolfe are standing inside the new emergency department.  A patient bathroom is to the left and a patient room doorway is behind them.

Here, they are standing inside the new emergency department. A patient bathroom is to the left and a patient room doorway is behind them.

There are many aspects to the new construction at TCMH that are great, but the physician recruiting and retention potential of the project are another important piece of the puzzle that this project helps to accomplish in our community. It’s very exciting to think that by the time the Wolfe family gets to Texas County this summer, we will be well on our way to getting settled in to our new space!

The Wolfe Family (taken last year).  Dr. & Mrs. Wolfe have three boys--Peter, Timothy & Nathanael--and another child on the way in April 2013!

The Wolfe Family (taken last year). Dr. & Mrs. Wolfe have three boys–Peter, Timothy & Nathanael–and another child on the way in April 2013!

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