What a difference a decade has made, especially when it comes to health care services available in Oregon and surrounding communities.
In the last 10 years, Oregon saw the number of full-service hospitals in the community double.
In the 2001 issue of The Press’ annual Progress issue, a full-page ad told the story of a new hospital that would open in the fall. The “state-of-the-art” 70-bed hospital, under construction on approximately 50 acres at Brown and Wheeling roads west of I-280, would include physician offices, a treatment and diagnostic center that would offer such services as obstetrics, pediatrics, short-stay surgery, laboratory and x-ray services. The hospital would also include a full-service emergency center. The hospital campus was to include a park-like atmosphere complete with 2,000 trees, walking paths and two ponds.
Total Rehab, which opened in the Bay Park Professional Office Building on the hospital campus in 2000, was already offering a variety of rehabilitation services, including PT, OT and speech therapy.
On Oct. 28 of that year, Bay Park Community Hospital held a grand opening attended by more than 8,000 area residents anxious to get a look at the $84 million facility. The hospital opened to patients Nov. 4, 2001.
And just as Bay Park was wrapping up its first year of operation, St. Charles Mercy Hospital (now called Mercy St. Charles), was preparing to celebrate 50 years of fulfilling its mission of providing quality health care, while at the same time seeking out the poor and underserved.
Both facilities have updated programs and services available over the decade. Highlights include:
• In mid-2003, the hospital opened the Center for Sleep Disorders.
• In 2005, BPCH received full accreditation from The Society of Chest Pain Centers as an accredited Chest Pain Center. The hospital received re-accreditation in 2009. That same year, the hospital’s Diabetes Education program received recognition from the American Diabetes Association.
• Total Rehab completed a 2,900 square-foot expansion in 2008. Added space allowed for expanded pediatric therapy services as well as the ongoing physical, occupational, aquatic, neurologic and speech therapy and lymphedema counseling.
• In 2009, the hospital received Gold Level Award from Ohio Partnership for Excellence. Based on criteria of national Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, award recognizes business excellence in areas such as leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus, human resources, process management and results.
• The hospital was named “Fit Friendly” by the American Heart Association (AHA) in October, 2009, receiving gold-level recognition for companies that implement a recommended number of activities that encourage physical fitness, nutrition and a healthy workplace culture.
• A new ProMedica Laboratory and Radiology facility in Point Place in 2005. In summer 2007, BPCH added new midwives location in Point Place.
• In June 2007, a facility in Rossford opened, offering laboratory/radiology services to the community.
• In 2008, ProMedica Health System began offering digital mammography at all of its hospitals in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, including Bay Park Community Hospital and the ProMedica Laboratory and Radiology location in Rossford.
Mercy St. Charles Hospital
• In 2000, St. Charles opened its new Mercy Women’s Center to provide wellness and diagnostic services in one convenient location.
• The Cardiac Rehab/Heart Failure Clinic became accredited through the national organization of American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
• In 2001, the hospital added a new CT scanner with Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring capabilities to enhance the prevention of heart disease.
• St. Charles opened a Sleep Disorders Center in 2002. The center offered a comprehensive program for diagnosing and treating all major sleep disorders.
• In 2003, as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, St. Charles unveiled a newly renovated main entrance and lobby, and also dedicated a memorial garden. That same year, the hospital introduced the 30 Minute ER Promise, pledging patients will be seen by a doctor within 30 minutes of their arrival in the ER; added a 20-bed acute inpatient rehab unit; and opened a Wound Care Center to offer individualized treatment plans for non-healing wounds.
• St Charles received Level 3 trauma status from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in 2004.
• In 2005, St. Charles, St. Anne, and St. V’s are recognized by J.D. Power and Associates for offering An Outstanding Patient Experience.
• St. Charles became is the first and only hospital in Oregon and Northwest Ohio to offer digital mammography to patients in 2006. That same year, Electronic Health Recording (EHR) was implemented in Mercy’s metro hospitals and the hospital implemented a bar-coding medication administration system to provide an additional level of safety for patients.
• In 2007, the ICU underwent renovations that resulted in a 50 percent increase in patient room size to enhance comfort for patients and their families as well as for physicians and staff treating them. That same year, the Mercy Cancer Center underwent renovations.
• In 2008, St. Charles acquired PET/CT diagnostic scanning, and Elekta Synergy® Linear Accelerator, which targets cancer cells with minimized damage to surrounding healthy tissue. The hospital also received two awards for its efforts to be environmentally responsible – the 2008 Prism Award for Best Practice in environmental stewardship from the Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce and Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award, which recognizes those facilities that are helping to create healthy healing environments.
• The hospital opened a Pulmonary Rehab Clinic in 2009.