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Caring for the Community for 130 Years at MHSC

Caring for the Community for 130 Years at MHSC

Caring for the Community for 130 Years at MHSC

At Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, our mission is simple: providing compassionate care for every life we touch. For 130 years, every member of our team, from providers to support staff, has upheld this mission by providing services and support for the community.

“We are the local hospital, and we feel like it is our family treating your family, people we see on a daily basis in the community,” said Irene Richardson, CEO of MHSC. “You’re not just a number here. We provide the personal touch that you can’t get in a larger setting. We want to take care of our community, and we will listen.”

Since December 1893 with the opening of the Miners’ Hospital, which would later become MHSC, we have done just that: listened to the needs of the people we serve, growing right along with the community.

Expanding Staff and Services

About 550 employees are part of the team at MHSC, including more than 40 physician and non-physician providers. Every member of the team is committed to providing the highest level of service possible.

“Everyone, including physicians and other providers, nurses, lab techs, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists, is highly skilled,” Richardson said. “Our non-clinical team, such as the billing and environmental services departments, are also excellent. We are all dedicated to taking care of our community.”

Today, MHSC offers several specialties, such as:

We offer many additional services to ensure everyone has equal access to the care they need. Our patient navigation team assists patients with things like financial assistance and applying for benefits such as free dialysis treatments through the National Kidney Foundation.

Continually Meeting Needs

The team at MHSC invests money from operations, as well as from the MHSC Foundation and grant funding, to upgrade equipment and provide needed services.

“We are always looking at ways to give more to the community,” Richardson said. “For instance, we recently introduced robotics, including the da Vinci robot for general surgery and the Mako robot for knee and hip replacements.”

A planned lab remodel is also in the works, as well as the addition of Promaxo MRI technology.

Patient education is another priority at MHSC.

“We do our best to promote health and wellness in the community,” Richardson said. “We offer health fairs and many other educational opportunities, including nutrition and diabetes education, advanced directive education, and help with insurance and financial matters.”

Listening to the Community

To ensure the needs of the community are being met, MHSC also has a Patient and Family Advisory Council that meets once per month.

“The group consists of 20 community members who want to help us advance healthcare in Sweetwater County,” Richardson said. “They are very active and give us ideas that will improve processes and help the patient experience.”

As community needs evolve, so will the services at MHSC.

“We want to make sure that our community knows that we are here to take care of them,” Richardson said. “We want to be here for them for the next 130 years.”

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