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ERMC: The tide is turning

There was a time, not so very long ago, when we were very concerned about the reputation – and future – of our hospital.
Hardly a day went by that we didn’t hear from someone – either in the community or an employee or doctor at the hospital – who voiced displeasure or disappointment in how one thing or another was being handled at our city’s medical facility.
After one criminal, who also happened to be a doctor, chose to use our hospital as one of the staging grounds for his perversions, things went from bad to worse spiraling into a black, ugly vortex out of which our hospital seemed unable to climb.
The unrest wasn’t relegated only to some of those who sought medical treatment at ERMC, but extended – quite publically at times – to some of the staff as well.
It was no secret our hospital was in trouble and it was evident action needed to be taken – and taken quickly – if the hospital was going to have a chance to recover.
One of the worst parts of this ordeal was knowing that the actions of so very, very few individuals had managed to – by association – damage the reputation of so many hard-working, extremely competent medical professionals who had endeavored their entire career to provide the finest quality healthcare possible for those in their community.
Just when we were about to give in to our anger and frustration over the turn of events, in rode ERMC’s new owners, LifePoint Hospitals Inc., on what may very well turn out to be a big white horse.
With quick and deliberate, painstaking action, changes were made from the top down as LifePoint began dealing with the problems head-on. They brought in a new seasoned CEO – Dan McLean – whose no-nonsense, get-to-the-bottom-of-the-problem agenda is already making a visible difference at ERMC. He is, as the old-timers say, “taking care of business.”
Earlier this month, ERMC was named one of the “Top 100 Hospitals” in the nation by Solucient, one of the most respected hospital evaluators in the country. While the criteria for selection was narrow, no other hospital in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex was chosen for this honor – ours was the only one.
For the second time this month, Ennis Regional Medical Center has been notified that the hard work the doctors, nursing staff, and support personnel have been doing to try to provide top-notch healthcare for Ellis County residents has not gone unnoticed.
Ennis Regional Medical Center has also been named in the Top 100 “Community Value Hospitals” in the U.S. by Cleverly and Associates, a leading healthcare financial consulting firm specializing in operational benchmarking and performance enhancement strategies. The announcement of ERMC’s standing was released as part of Cleverly and Associates’ new publication: State of the Hospital Industry — 2007 Edition.
We are very happy to see the tide has turned for our hospital and are confident additional oversight and continued work toward addressing the challenges our facility faces will reap great rewards for our community.
As we approach the opening in just a few months of our new state-of-the-art hospital facility, we are excited – and relieved – about what the future holds, in terms of high-quality, local healthcare for our citizens.

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