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Licking Memorial Hospital Celebrates 120th Birthday

Licking Memorial Hospital Celebrates 120th BirthdayOn January 18, Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) celebrated 120 years of providing Licking County with quality health care.  For the 14th time, the employees and medical staff of Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) celebrated the occasion by collecting donations for those in need.  Donations consisted of new blankets and outerwear, as well as monetary gifts.  The collected goods were donated to the Center for New Beginnings and the Salvation Army of Licking County to help needy individuals and families of Licking County stay warm during the cold winter months.

Divided into interdepartmental teams, a friendly competition occurred to see which groups could donate the largest amount of items in pounds, and the most monetary donations.  After all items were weighed, contributions equaled 193.20 pounds of cold weather items, while monetary donations reached $9,410.  Team 3, comprised of Hospitalists, Anesthesiologists, LMHP Administration, Laboratory, and Pathology was the first place winner in monetary donations with $1,525 in cash and payroll deductions.  Team 13, the first place winner in cold weather items with 165.4 pounds, included Environmental Services, Transportation, Laundry, Culinary Services and Café.

“I am proud that LMHS employees always are ready to provide assistance to our neighbors, friends, coworkers and family members throughout Licking County,” said Rob Montagnese, LMHS President & CEO.  “With these donations, LMHS is able to reach out to the community by providing warmth and assistance to those who are less fortunate.”

In addition to the celebration, babies born at the Hospital on January 18 received a gift in honor of their shared birthday with LMH. A $120 gift card to Toys ‘R’ Us was given to the mother of each newborn.

Hospital care originated in Newark in the late 1800s when a group of visionary women raised money to establish the nine-bed Newark Hospital Association at 154 North Third Street.  In 1914, it became known as Newark City Hospital and moved to a newer and more modern structure at the corner of Buena Vista Avenue and Everett Avenue.  The final relocation occurred in 1966 as the Hospital staff transferred to the innovative and technically advanced, six-story facility at 1320 West Main Street.  LMH marked the 50th year at its current location in 2016.  The initial name, Licking County Memorial Hospital, was shortened to the current Licking Memorial Hospital in 1974.

Two major renovation projects over time allowed LMH to meet the community’s growing needs.  The completion of a $20 million construction and renovation project in 1991 upgraded the Hospital’s Surgery Department, remodeled the first floor and added a spacious lobby and main  entrance.  Another $39 million expansion project was completed in 2007 to open the 100,000-square foot John & Mary Alford Pavilion that includes surgical and emergency facilities with high-technology capabilities.

Additional smaller scale renovation and improvement projects also have enabled the Hospital to continue the delivery of optimal health care.  Since June 2017, LMH Cardiology Department has undergone significant renovations aimed at increasing room size to offer increased patient comfort and allow additional room for many rehabilitation and technological services.  Two Heart Center exam rooms have been added to increase the total number of exam rooms to eight.  The Cardiac Stress Testing area has been remodeled to expand the room for exams, in addition to a new, comfortable waiting area for patients completing the exercise portion of the stress test.  The nurses’ stations also have increased in size for additional space and technology.  Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation has been upgraded to approximately 600 square feet which increases the area size for rehabilitation equipment.  Also, a new area has been created for resistance training and stretching for those participating in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab programs.  Patients also will be able to utilize new exercise equipment as well as a new exam room for initial interviews to collect history and physical assessments. In addition to all of the new renovations, the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab area has a new patient education room that will be utilized for discussing lifestyle changes and understanding of disease management, diet change, risk factor modifications, and more.

Radiology Services has recently received numerous equipment upgrades and also is currently undergoing significant renovation and redesign.  Renovations last fall included upgrades to two X-ray rooms in the Emergency Department (ED) and the computed tomography (CT) area.  Room renovation and redesign began at the first of the year and is expected to be completed this spring.  Improvements will include new equipment and more appealing, larger rooms with built-in cabinetry to better accommodate patients, staff and equipment.  In January, five ultrasound systems were replaced as well as equipment updated in the operating rooms in the John and Mary Alford Surgery Pavilion.

Faster computer software will reduce testing time, enhancing comfort and ultimately allowing the Hospital to serve more patients on a regular basis.  Two-detector, tetherless X-ray systems in the ED provide full functionality to meet the patient type, standing or resting on the table.  The new equipment gives imaging staff better access to more easily and quickly perform procedures, which is especially beneficial for unstable patients.  Digital capabilities also allow physicians to determine a patient diagnosis more quickly.

“A combination of many factors is responsible for LMH’s excellent level of patient care – the highly skilled medical staff, well-qualified and friendly Hospital staff, and the community-
minded Board of Directors that is dedicated to keeping LMH in the forefront of technology, as well as independently operated,” commented Rob Montagnese, President & CEO of LMHS.

LMH is part of LMHS, which also includes Licking Memorial Health Professionals physician practices and Licking Memorial Health Foundation, the charitable branch of the organization.  LMH, a medium-sized community Hospital with 227-beds, and LMHS have received numerous recognitions on the local, state and national levels.

Awards that LMH and LMHS have received during the past 10 years include:
• 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics
• HomeCare Elite 2017 Top Agency Recognition
• Midas Platinum Quality Award
• Becker’s Hospital Review 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare
• Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission
• Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare
• Top 20 Best Workplaces in Health Care by Fortune and Great Place to Work
• Fit-Friendly Worksite by American Heart Association
• Top 5 Percent of U.S. Hospitals for Electronic Medical Records by HIMSS Analytics
• “A” Rating by Leapfrog Group
• Consumer Reports Hospital Ratings – received highest score in Ohio and third-highest in nation
• Most Wired Award by McKesson Corporation, AT&T, The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Hospital Association
• Healthcare’s Most Wired Award List by American Hospital Association
• Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Recognition by American Heart Association
• Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Recognition by American Heart Association
• Outstanding Achievement Away by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer
• 100 Great Community Hospitals by Becker’s Hospital Review
• Patient Safety Excellence Award by Healthgrades
• Green Star Merit Award by Professionals Grounds Management Society

• Top 20 Percent Award in Workplace Safety by Ohio Hospital Association
• Hospital Champions Program Gold Partner by Donate Life Ohio, Ohio Hospital Association, and the Ohio Department of Health’s Second Chance Trust Fund

• Advocate Best of Licking County 2017 – Best Medical Care
• Healthcare Heroes – Community Outreach Award by Columbus Business First
• Best Places to Work by Columbus Business First
• Healthiest Employers of Central Ohio Award by Columbus Business First
• Transaction of the Year Award by Columbus Business First
• Non-Profit of the Year Award by Licking County Chamber of Commerce
• Operation Feed Top Contributor by Food Pantry Network of Licking County