By Bryan Bogle, Chief Executive Officer
I’m thrilled to report that your community hospital has been returned to solid footing, and you can expect further progress in 2023 and the decade to come. Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital was experiencing significant challenges when I joined the team 15 months ago. Rural hospitals across America are struggling with budgets and staffing shortages. More than 100 recently closed. Operating deeply in the red, KCCMH, too, was at risk. But in just over a year, our Board of Directors, leadership team, and staff have heroically righted the ship. Hard decisions had to be made, but KCCMH is now operating in the black and we’ve begun to rebuild service offerings. Employee satisfaction numbers are improving. Quality-care metrics are on the upswing. We’ve formed a patient-family advisory council to help guide us.
Those are the broad brushstrokes that outline improvements. I’ll embellish with a few detailed examples. Diagnostic mammograms are now available. A new nurse practitioner just started. Home-visit nursing has been reestablished for homebound patients. New ultrasound and colonoscopy equipment are in place. And thanks to Dr. Nallapareddy, profiled on the next page, oncology services are once again being offered. In the months that follow, watch for pulmonary rehab, ophthalmology, wound care, and more to be added. In the longer run, much-needed facility renovation and upgrades are on the docket. We still have much work to do, but I want you to rest assured that KCCMH stands strong and will continue to deliver comprehensive, quality healthcare to your family and your 7,200 Kit Carson County neighbors.