WRMC and LifePoint Health Mark Second Anniversary

October 9, 2017

Watertown Regional Medical Center and LifePoint Health mark the second anniversary of their joint venture, and in the past two years, WRMC has made significant progress.  Specifically, through this joint venture, WRMC has been able to expand services, recruit physicians, and strengthen healthcare delivery in the Watertown community.

Through innovative and aggressive quality initiatives, WRMC has implemented best practices that traditionally the biggest and most highly respected healthcare organizations in the country implement.  For instance, WRMC has launched a program called the Foundational Five. This program was built on work from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and is being integrated into all areas of operation.  This new way of interacting allows WRMC to enhance and strengthen communication among all of associates to improve patient care.

The Leapfrog Group gave WRMC a grade “A” for the second time in a row in 2017.  This high mark places them among the top tier of hospitals across the country when it comes to patient safety.

WRMC has recruited more than 20 new providers in the last two years who bring a variety of specialty care to our area, including pulmonology, primary care, emergency, cardiology, orthopedics and sports medicine and ophthalmology.  There is a great need for ENT surgical services and WRMC has recruited two over the last year. This month, Gastroenterologist Anchal Sud, M.D., will open a practice in Watertown.  This service in the community will offer both medical and surgical management. 

“We believe it’s important to offer services that give patients the option to receive medical care close to home,” says Jeff Baum Joint Venture Board Chairman.  “Having the right services, when and where they are needed is critical in fulfilling our mission of making communities healthier. In addition, the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation created from the proceeds of the sale, has already begun making a positive impact on providing financial healthcare resources”

The organization has benefited from a commitment of more than $13 million in capital and investments.  Most of the investments have been dedicated to upgrades and new technology throughout the organization including surgery, radiology and cardiology.  Numerous pieces of medical equipment have been purchased.

“Nearly two years ago, we chose Lifepoint Health as our partner because of their strong commitment to patient-centered care as well as the clinical, operational and financial resources they could provide,” said Richard Keddington, CEO of WRMC. “And they have proven to be a great partner for our hospital and our community. We are grateful to LifePoint and the continued support that they have provided us – from operational and clinical support to investments for facility improvements and upgrades. Through their expertise and support, they are helping WRMC build a healthier community and a healthier organization.”