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Haywood Regional is Making Communities Healthier. Here’s How.
October 4, 2018
By: Rod Harkleroad, CEO, Haywood Regional Medical Center
Haywood Regional’s mission is Making Communities Healthier. We are proud to partner with the communities of western North Carolina to achieve this mission. Our physicians, employees, volunteers, and board members work hard every day to provide the highest quality care possible for our community, collaborating with patients and family members, employers, community leaders and others to create a legacy of care that will last for generations to come.
Because of the strength of our partnership with western North Carolina, we have been able to support our shared communities in many ways. The most important contribution we make is providing high quality care close to home. Quality and service are at the center of how we care for our patients, and we continually invest in our facility to ensure we can meet the healthcare needs of our community.
In 2017, we made $8,158,357 in capital improvements, including a complete remodel of the east and west wings of the sixth floor to house our new geriatric psychiatry services line, and new flooring, and paint in our lobby and the east and west wings of our second and fifth floors.
Recruiting talented physicians into our community and supporting them also is a key driver of our efforts to ensure that our communities have access to high quality care and service. During the past year, Haywood Regional added 14 new providers including in interventional cardiology, urology, behavioral health, and family medicine.
To create places where physicians want to practice and employees want to work, we strive to create an environment where talent is recognized, job satisfaction is valued and our 939 employees can effectively use their skills in providing high quality care and service. We provided more than $65,915,504 in salaries, wages and benefits so that our employees and their families can live, play and grow in the place they call home.
Supporting local organizations and delivering healthcare to all of our neighbors, regardless of their ability to pay, are foundational to our commitment to the overall well-being of our communities. In addition to numerous sponsorships and charitable gifts to organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, Haywood Community College, Haywood Health Care Foundation, REACH of Haywood, Haywood County Schools, Special Olympics of NC, Power of Pink and more, we delivered more than $5,299,878 in healthcare to those in our community who were in need. And as a fiscally responsible member of our community, we paid a total of $1,689,748 in taxes.
It is our honor to serve our communities. We are proud that, in a constantly changing – and increasingly challenging – healthcare landscape, we have been able to continue to expand the many ways we contribute to and serve western North Carolina. This is only possible with your support, and we need your partnership now more than ever to continue the important work that we do in collaboration with you each day.
Healthcare involves many choices, and when you choose a local healthcare provider like Haywood regional for your care, you help us to do more for our community. Choosing our hospital over one of the many regional facilities vying for your attention helps us to ensure access to quality care locally, provide care for those in need, ensure local jobs and create opportunities for professional growth regionally, fuel economic development and contribute to the prosperity of our region, and boost support for regional organizations.
On behalf of our dedicated staff, board members and volunteers, thank you for your partnership and for entrusting us with your healthcare, and thank you for your continued support as we seek new ways to work with you to make our community healthier in 2018 and beyond.