The Pecos County Memorial Hospital celebrated National Hospital Week this week by honoring their employees.
The hospital held several events including breakfasts, ice cream socials and cookouts during both shifts so all employees could enjoy the fun.
They also held obstacle courses, competitions and door prizes as well as a room for the nurses to take a break and avoid a burnout.
“This gives us an opportunity to help them unwind and destress,” said Gina Heinrich, chief nursing officer.
The local businesses also got involved and helped to donate door prizes and food for the various events.
“We appreciate the communities involvement and support,” said Betsy Briscoe, CEO.
-The hospital is also celebrating a year since their Family Care Center Walk In clinic opened.
The clinic serves non emergent patients with no appointment necessary.
It is the perfect location for those with a cold who need to get in and out of doctor.
The clinic is located at 511 N Main Street from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
“It is for when you're sick and need someone to look at you,” said Briscoe.
-The hospital also has their Center for Health and Beauty in the same location as their walk in clinic.
The medical spa offers things like botox, fillers, Dysport and Restylane.
They also offer a weight loss program meant for long term results and not immediate satisfaction.
Those services are not supported by insurance.
-The hospital is getting several new equipment items over the next few months.
They are getting a Telemetry System in the next month to better check patients heart.
The current system has been in use the last 14 years.
They are taking out the old MRI machine this week and will be getting a new one by the middle of July to August.
The process is a long one since the current machine weighs 14,000 pounds and will require a crane to remove it.
They took out the mobile MRI because it was not profitable and will be without a MRI machine for a few months.
Once the MRI machine is installed they will be getting a new CT Scanner in August.
-The hospital will also be getting a new OB Monitoring system.
The one they currently have has been at the hospital for 18 years.
The Pecos County Memorial Hospital is one of few rural hospitals that still deliver babies.
“It is going to improve our patient care and quality,” said Heinrich.
-The hospital focuses on “homegrown” employees, encouraging the high school students to come back after they have their certificates or degrees.
There is a nationwide nursing shortage, up to 20,000 needed in the next few years, said Heinrich.
There is also a shortage of radiology workers and lab techs.
-The hospital has a robust home, health and hospice program.
They travel to four counties for care which helps people with their transition from a hospital environment.
It also helps with end of life care for those with a terminal diagnosis and the families by providing counseling, spiritual help and bereavement counseling afterwards.
“Hospice is an incredible program,” said Briscoe. “People don't realize the depth of support they provide.”
-The hospital emergency room has been staffed by Basin Emergency Physicians for a year now, which means that specialized doctors work on site.
It also gives Pecos County Memorial Hospital a direct line to the hospitals in Odessa, which can get patients transferred quicker if needed.
“They have made some amazing saves,” said Heinrich.