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February 15, 2012

JCH Saw Many Improvements in 2011

2011 was an exciting year of change and progress for Jasper County Hospital. Outlined below are some of the many happenings.


Community Outreach:

Jasper County Hospital co-sponsored the Food Finders Food Drive in June, helping local residents feed their families.

The Hospital partnered with St. Joseph's College to organize a well attended Health Fair at the College.

An extensive Wellness Screening for employees of Omni Forge, located in Remington, was held. Looking ahead to 2012, the Hospital is planning to provide similar services to other area businesses.

Home Health Care & Hospice conducted 11 flu shot clinics, vaccinating over 300 people in the community.



Jasper County Hospital and Unity Healthcare entered into a collaborative agreement bringing 5 new specialty physicians to the Hospital's Outpatient Department, including: Mark Page, M.D. and Michael Highhouse, M.D., Orthopedics; Thomas Summer, M.D. and Nathan Huber, M.D., General Surgery and Alexander Gorup, M.D., Ear Nose Throat.

Steven Hossler, M.D., also affiliated with Unity Healthcare, is the new radiologist at Jasper County Hospital.

Louck Family Medicine owned by Christopher Louck, M.D. opened in June.

In 2011, Kenneth Ahler, M.D. retired from the practice of medicine. Steven Beaver, M.D., Michael Louck, M.D. and Marianne Nelson, M.D. retired from their respective office practices.


Hospital Foundation:

Sheila White was named the new Director of Community Relations & Development.

Mindy Beier, with First Source Asset Advisors, joined the JCH Foundation Board. The Capital Campaign conducted by the Hospital's Foundation came to an end last year as well. Thanks to the generosity of Hospital employees and local citizens and business owners, the Campaign has almost reached its goal of $1.25 million.



The new MRI suite is now open, as is the new Sleep/EEG Laboratory. Health Information Services, Human Resources and Payroll also moved into their new spaces. The new Surgery and Outpatient Recovery departments are now open.



Wheatfield Health Centre was surveyed by the State Department of Health, resulting in no deficiencies.

The AlternaCare Unit was surveyed by the State Department of Health with no deficiencies cited.

Jasper County Hospital is the first Oncology program in Indiana under the direction of Laurence Bates, M.D., to utilize two new promising drugs, Folotyn and Romidepsin, in the treatment of cancer.



The Employee Recognition Banquet was held in September. Two people received awards for 40 years of service to the Hospital. The event had record attendance of eighty-three people.

The Hospital became a smoke-free campus in 2011.

Jasper County Hospital participated in the Regional Disaster Drill in September.

2011 was a year of transformation at Jasper County Hospital. 2012 will see the conclusion of the construction project and the addition of even more physicians.






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