FREDERICK – After months of study and deliberation, Board members from Memorial Hospital & Physician Group of Frederick and Comanche County Hospital Authority in Lawton agreed in December 2015 upon changes to services at MHPG to be implemented at a future date in 2016.
That date has now arrived and effective March 31, the Frederick Hospital will implement the decision to discontinue two services, officially ceasing to provide inpatient hospitalization and Emergency Department services.
The decision to discontinue these services was difficult, but a shift in focus from inpatient to outpatient care will help ensure the future of healthcare in Frederick. According to Hospital and Nursing Center Administrator Ricky Coleman, “Due to the rising cost of healthcare and low inpatient and emergency room volumes, we have been forced to make changes in the care we provide.”
The goal is to focus on an enhanced outpatient services model in order to strengthen outpatient services such as: Home Health Care, physical therapy, laboratory, radiology and ancillary services and outpatient primary medical care.
The key to the future success of the soon to be renamed Memorial Hospital and Physician Group is community support. Coleman emphasized that the future of these services depends upon strong community utilization. “We are asking for the continued support of our community to utilize these critical services for them to remain financially viable in order for us to maintain them.” Coleman stressed that all of the other hospital departments will continue to operate and the medical professionals providing health care services will continue to provide the same high quality care residents expect.
While many rural Oklahoma communities are faced with the challenge of having a local physician available to provide medical care, Frederick is fortunate to have three providers who will continue to serve the community. The clinic will remain open Monday through Friday and will offer three providers: Trent Mefford, D.O., Maha Sultan, M.D. and Cherrity Burrows, N.P. (Nurse Practitioner).
Coleman summarized by stating, “I feel like the facility has a bright future. The face of health care in our community is going to be different than what we have had in the past, but we will continue to work every day to maintain as many services as we can by focusing on getting even better at what we do. Our future will depend upon community utilization and support.”
A new name that reflects the organizations revised scope of outpatient services will be finalized in the near future.
Contact Lori Cummins at [email protected]