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ERMC always looking to improve

Ennis hospital CEO speaks to Lions Club about changes
Coming up with a program on the fly for fellow Ennis Noon Lions Club members Wednesday, Dave Anderson spoke about some of the latest changes and additions made at Ennis Regional Medical Center.
Anderson, ERMC CEO, said what he was most excited to tell the club was about the new physicians hired. In the little more than a year since Anderson arrived, 10 physicians have been added to the hospital’s staff, with three more on the way. A family practice physician and sports medicine physician will be working on local patients starting in the summer.
Anderson went into a little detail about the sports physician that might have some local sports fans interested since there is a Graham Harrell connection. Todd Moore spent his fellowship at Texas Tech University.
“He’s a really fine fellow,” Anderson said of Moore. “I’m really glad he’s coming to town.”
Anderson said a “player yet to be named” would be a pediatrician, and the hospital has narrowed the search down to three candidates.
Anderson talked briefly about the medical office building on the hospital campus. Although only three physicians are currently housed in the office suites, he said there would be more in the future.
“There is a lot of growth and development going on there,” Anderson said.
Signs that ERMC is headed in the right direction, according to Anderson, include a 19 percent increase in patient admissions and improvement in patient satisfaction. Also, according to Anderson, among the 48 LifePoint hospitals, which is the company that runs ERMC, the Ennis facility is fourth in outpatient satisfaction.
Anderson also reported the number of births at the hospital has doubled in the last year.
“I’m hopeful people are starting to believe in us,” Anderson said. “I’m deeply committed to making that happen.”
However, the emergency room is still seeing long wait times and the satisfaction rating is not near where Anderson wants it to be. He reported the hospital’s ER used to rank on a 4.0 scale at 3.4, which is about what the national average is. In the past year however, the satisfaction rating has risen nearly a tenth of a point to 3.49.
“We’re still struggling with the wait time,” Anderson said.
With flu season adding patients to the ER wait time, Anderson hopes a new tactic that has the facility’s hospitalist seeing patients and admitting those they feel will need further attention could speed up the time people are sitting in the ER waiting room.
“I’m thrilled to be here,” Anderson said of his home in Ennis.
Four months after the new hospital’s opening it was announced the Board of Trustees at ERMC had named Anderson as the new Chief Executive Officer beginning Nov. 12, 2007.
Anderson was hired for his ability to build teams, foster strong physician relations and create ties to the community, which his actions in Ennis have proven. Before locating to Ennis he was Chief Operating Officer (COO) at North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, Ga., and COO at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C.
Prior to Anderson’s program, the club inducted Robert Gaither as its newest member. Larry Candy sponsored Gaither’s membership into the service organization.
The Ennis Noon Lions Club meets Wednesday at noon at First United Methodist Church.

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