On Wednesday, May 17, 20 citizens of Findlay gathered for a lunch-and-learn program at the Findlay Community Center. Orchestrated by Jody McCormick, the guest speakers were HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital Chief Executive Officer and President, Aaron Puchbauer, and Chief Operating Officer Marilyn Sears.
As attendees dined on soup and salad, Puchbauer and Sears spoke about the transition from Shelby Memorial Hospital to the affiliation with Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) and the transformation to HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital. For more than an hour, Sears and Puchbauer explained the exciting new changes which are taking place at the hospital. Many of the changes include upgrading the facility, improving equipment, and acquiring the services of new specialists.
The first step of moving away from being an independent facility and toward the affiliation began two years ago. Sears said that the board recognized that the days of independent hospitals were declining and that they formed a strategic committee within the hospital board as to how to cope with new health care laws and requirements. The committee soon understood that reaching out to a new partner in health care was the direction they thought was best in the interest of the hospital. They chose HSHS as their partner because of their rich history and size.
“We are still a rural hospital who care for rural folks, but now, we have a supporting cast that numbers into the hundreds with all kinds of specialists. So in a sense, we are a small hospital with big-city medicine,” Sears said.
Sears explained that the hospital continues to work with other non-HSHS affiliated health care organizations. She said, “It doesn’t matter who your provider is, you can still have your test run at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital. We have always been very inclusive, and we will continue to be.”
Puchbauer continued with explaining the coming plans of the hospital.
“Last Monday evening, the Board ratified our objectives to do some work to the hospital. We will be upgrading our emergency and radiology departments, and bringing new services and providers to the community. And this is just the beginning of the growth you will see at the hospital,” he said.
Puchbauer told the crowd that he wanted to hear from them when something went well at the hospital and when things do not.
“I am inviting you to call me personally in the future. I like to congratulate our people when they do a great job. It’s good for them to know that their work is appreciated,” Puchbauer said. “I also want to know when things go wrong. I can’t fix problems when I don’t know what they are. I’m glad to talk to anyone about their concerns. I try to return all calls within 24-hours.”
At HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, we enjoy opportunities to hold a conversation with our community members. If your group would be interested in what we have to say, please invite us by calling call (217) 774-3961, extension 2690.
About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.hshsgoodshepherd.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visitwww.hospitalsisters.org.