Licking Memorial Hospital Adds, Expands Facilities, Services and Technology

On Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 11:01

Licking Memorial Hospital is the nicest place you never want to go.

The 227-bed facility was founded in 1898, and has been a growing part of the community ever since. By working to improve technology, services and facilities, the hospital continues to roll out treatments and programs that make the region it serves a healthy place to live.

Top 100 Hospital
Licking Memorial, a part of Licking Memorial Health Systems, has been recognized repeatedly by Solucient, a health-care business-intelligence firm, as a Top 100 Hospital. It’s an award that only goes to facilities achieving excellence in patient care and safety, efficiency, financial performance and community service. LMH is one of only three hospitals in central Ohio to be so honored. It also has been named to Thomson Reuters’ national list of 100 Top Hospitals 10 times.

New Facilities
The hospital has undergone major remodeling in recent years, completing such ambitious projects as a new and expanded critical-care pavilion that ties into the emergency room, an improved women’s imaging center and an updated and enlarged maternity services department with 16 mother-baby suites containing private bathrooms with showers, cable television, new flooring and reclining chairs. Other innovative services for mothers include massage therapy, as well as a gourmet dinner for new parents.

Betsy Eaton O’Neill Health Resource Center
LMH has also opened the Betsy Eaton O’Neill Health Resource Center, a place for patients, their families and friends, and medical professionals to find information about illnesses and treatments, as well as emotional care and other issues. Volunteers with clinical backgrounds staff the center, and its amenities include computers with Internet access, reference manuals, anatomically correct models of internal organs, health-related journals and much more.

Urgent Care Center
LMH also has moved many services off-site as well, opening the Licking Memorial Urgent Care Center at its Pataskala Health Campus. The urgent-care center is an extension of the hospital’s emergency department, and offers diagnosis, treatment and management of urgent medical conditions and minor trauma. The center also features several new physician practices, including gastroenterology, heart care, otolaryngology, surgical services and urology.

New And Renewed Accreditations
LMH’s many other departments also continue to lead the way, as evidenced by their accreditation by national organizations. The radiology department has received accreditation from the American College of Radiology for its MRI and computer tomography, as well as its emergency-department system. In addition, the LMH laboratory has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for meeting and exceeding national standards for health-care quality and safety.