Dr. Tamra Stall Joins Bath Community Hospital Medical Staff

Dr. Tamra StallHOT SPRINGS, VA – Today, Bath Community Hospital announced that Dr. Tamra Stall would be joining the medical staff in October.  Dr. Stall comes to BCH from the Greenbrier Care Family Practice in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  Prior to joining the Greenbrier office, Dr. Stall spent 24 years at Duke Primary Care, Butner-Creedmoor Family Medicine in North Carolina as a family practice provider and served as the Medical Director where she supervised 8 providers and 26 staff members.

At Bath Community Hospital, Dr. Stall will continue her work in family practice in the Bath Community Physicians Group in Hot Springs as well as the supervising physician for the Hospitalist program.

A 1977 graduate of Alleghany County High School, Dr. Stall also received her undergraduate education at the Ohio State University and medical doctorate education from both Ohio State University School of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

“I am very excited to join the BCH family, mainly because the medical team delivers high quality care to a rural population,” said Dr. Tamra Stall. “Originally from this area, I’m looking forward to caring for my friends and neighbors and giving back to the community where I grew up.”

Kathy Landreth, Bath Community Hospital CEO, added, “I know that Dr. Stall is eager to make her mark here in Bath County. Her outstanding experience and education are very impressive, and I know she will be an excellent addition to our medical team for years to come.”

Dr. Stall and her husband reside in Alleghany County, and she enjoys spending time at with her family there as well as her grandchildren who live out of state.  She also enjoys spending time at Lake Moomaw, when she’s not busy caring for her patients.  She is scheduled to start on October 9th, and she is currently accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Stall, call Bath Community Physicians Group at 540-839-7197.

BRING IT HOME CAMPAIGN MEETS HIGHEST-EVER FUNDRAISING GOAL

 

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After more than four years of dedicated effort, the Bring it Home capital campaign, an unprecedented fundraising effort to offset the cost of the new Bath Community Hospital, has come to a successful end. The campaign committee announced this week that it has officially raised over $4.25 million dollars, exceeding its ambitious $4.2 million dollar goal.

The Bring it Home campaign, chaired by Mr. George Phillips and Mr. Henley Carter, was organized in 2012 after the Bath Community Hospital board of directors recognized the hospital would require substantial renovations to its existing facility in order to address the increasing demands of its patient population. The board committed to a $16 million renovation, if it could be done without the hospital incurring any debt. The proposed renovation would allow for critical improvements to patient care including a new, state-of-the-art emergency department, an onsite helipad, and expanded primary and specialty care service areas.

As an independent provider, Bath Community Hospital was unusually fortunate to be in a position to fund the majority of the project through its own hospital resources, while challenging Mr. Carter and Mr. Phillips to raise the remaining $3 million-a lofty goal for a small, rural community. Undaunted, the two men, joined by committee members Peter Faraone, Don Killoren, Sarah McWilliams, Ann Mellen, Tracy Phillips, Truman Semans, Henry Spire, David Troast, staff members Kari Lightner and Amy Phillips and honorary chair Dr. Donald Myers, officially kicked off the Bring it Home campaign in September of 2013, hosting a number of special events, including a community-wide barbeque with Congressman Bob Goodlatte attending to lend his support.

Marked by a generous leadership donation by The Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, the kickoff was a success, but the hard work of a capital campaign was just beginning. With great passion and enthusiasm, the committee used every available avenue to encourage residents and other friends of the hospital to make a meaningful contribution to the long-term health of the community. Their efforts were rewarded. Thanks to many individual donors, as well as awards from several corporations and private foundations, they reached their initial goal in record time, raising $3 million dollars in just under 4 months. Inspired by the generosity displayed by their donors, the campaign elected to expand its goal by $1.2 million to fund the inevitable additional costs associated with a major construction project.

The Bring it Home campaign’s rapid success soon caught the attention of the Virginia Rural Health Association. In 2014, Mr. Phillips and Mr. Carter were presented with the Charles Crowder, Jr. Award, a commendation awarded annually to recognize outstanding individual commitment and service to the advancement of rural health in Virginia. By June of 2016, the campaign had raised over $4.1 million towards their revised $4.2 million goal when they received a $75,000 matching funds grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. Mr. Phillips and Mr. Carter’s efforts over the last year to meet that final challenge pushed the campaign over the finish line.

“The Bring it Home campaign was indeed an ambitious fundraising effort, but its real importance is not in its dollar amount, but in its scope,” said Mr. Phillips. “Each person who lives, works, or vacations here is vulnerable to the need for immediate, life-saving medical attention, and we’re fortunate to have in our little community a newly renovated hospital offering emergency, primary and specialty care. Henley and I owe tremendous thanks to our team and to every single donor who contributed to this campaign because each of them is responsible for helping secure the future of this precious resource.”

“It’s been a unique privilege to be a part of the Bring it Home campaign and to be on the front lines as the fruits of our labor took shape,” added Mr. Carter. “The construction project progressed as we progressed, and we invite all those who haven’t yet seen the new facility to come have a look around, perhaps enjoy lunch in The Bistro, our new cafeteria complex for visitors and staff. Of course, the most impressive thing about the new hospital is the staff. For over four years, they’ve worked tirelessly to provide high-quality, uninterrupted care during all phases of construction. Our success belongs to them, to our team, and to the commitment our donors made to the future of healthcare in our community. George and I were proud to be a part of it.”

BCH welcomes Deb Shipman, CFO

 

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Bath Community Hospital (BCH) is pleased to announce that Deb Shipman has joined the staff as Chief Financial Officer.

 

Ms. Shipman comes to Bath County from Augusta County, where she and her husband own a small farm.  Prior to relocating to Augusta County, Deb served most recently as the Vice President for Rehab & Senior Care Services at Centra Health in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Prior to that, she held executive leadership positions in both finance and operations at several healthcare organizations in New Hampshire including 7 years as CFO for a  Critical Access Hospital like BCH.

In her role at BCH, Ms. Shipman will serve as a member of the executive team and will oversee all financial operations, including budgeting, capital planning, patient accounting and financial reporting.  She will also be in charge of several support departments.

“I’m delighted to call Bath County my new home, both personally and professionally,” said Ms. Shipman . “I’m very excited to be part of this team. The culture here is one that supports the best possible care delivered by compassionate and caring individuals. I’m proud to be affiliated with such an organization.”

“Deb brings years of financial & operational experience in the health care arena to BCH, and also has just the right personality to be able to interface well with staff across all departments,” said Kathy Landreth, Chief Executive Officer of BCH. “We are so pleased to welcome her aboard.”

Ms. Shipman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Babson College in Massachusetts and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from New Hampshire College, now Southern New Hampshire University, in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Deb and her husband will make their home in Bath County. When not working, she enjoys walking, reading and playing with her grandchildren.

 

NOW OFFERING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Bath Community Physicians Group now offers Behavioral Health services for a wide variety of emotional, behavioral and mental health issues. This added service allows patients to receive physical health, mental health and substance abuse services within the same facility. The ability to work with the medical providers while offering behavioral health services is an excellent opportunity for integrated care.

Our highly skilled and compassionate licensed clinical social workers and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor are experienced in treating mental health and substance abuse services for children, adolescents and adults.

We offer services to include:

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o Verbal/Emotional/Physical Abuse

o Anxiety Disorders

o Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and ADHD

o Interpersonal Problems

o Job Stress

o Life Stress

o Parent/Child Conflict

o Relationship/Family Problems

o Significant Mental Health Problems

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o Trauma/ PTSD

o Depression

o Substance Abuse

o Anger Management

BATH COMMUNITY HOSPITAL TO IMPLEMENT POINT OF SERVICE COLLECTIONS THROUGHOUT THE FACILITY

January 23, 2017

 HOT SPRINGS, VA –    Bath Community Hospital started their Point of Service Collections in the Bath Community Physicians Group in October of 2016, in an effort to help patients with their financial responsibilities for their health care services.  In 2016, BCH saw a 29% increase in bad debt and charity care from the previous year.  With these numbers expected to continue to increase, Bath Community Hospital will begin collecting co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles prior to patients receiving services throughout the facility.  What this means for their patients is upon registration, patients will be expected to pay their portion of charges or make arrangements with one of the financial advisers.

Bath Community Hospital has hired an additional patient financial adviser to help patients navigate through their insurance benefits to ensure patients are maximizing the benefits of their health plans while minimizing their financial obligations as much as possible.  Advisers will also help patients complete the financial assistance application process. Hospital staff will also be reminding patients of this process during the pre-registration calls and appointment reminders, so patients are aware of their financial obligations prior to their visit.

Lisa Vestal, Manager of Health Information Management, stated “Patients will not be turned away for services regardless of their ability to pay.  This process is an effort to help our patients understand their health care costs and let them know of the programs we have available to help them with their charges.”

In 2015, BCH provided over 1.7 million in charity care and uncompensated costs combined.  It is estimated that this number has climbed to 2.5 million for 2016.  “Point of Service Collections is a standard in every hospital in the country.  The implementation of this program throughout our facility will help us minimize the amounts that are going into bad debt as well as help patients cope with the financial responsibilities associated with their healthcare,” said June Durnan, Director of Revenue Cycle for Bath Community Hospital.

To learn more about their point of service collections program and financial assistance options, visit www.bathhospital.org or contact their financial advisers at 540-839-7054 or (540) 962-0625.

BATH COMMUNITY HOSPITAL’S MEDICAL STAFF APPROVES OFFICERS

December 14, 2016

At its December meeting, the Bath Community Hospital’s Medical Staff voted to appoint their current officers for 2017.   Dr. Jeff McCray, will continue his term as President of Medical Staff.  McCray has been on staff with BCH since September 2011.  Dr. McCray will also continue to serve as the Medical Staff Representative on the Board of Directors along with Kim Rexrode who will continue serve as an Advisory Member to the Board.

Dr. John Stout will continue to serve as Vice President.  Dr. Stout has provided coverage in the BCH’s emergency room since 2013 and plans to spend more time at BCH in the future.  Ambra Nida, FNP, who has been in the Bath Community Physicians Group since 2013 will continue her role as  secretary to the committee

Kathy Landreth, CEO said “This group of medical professionals has done a great job leading our Medical Staff this year.  A dedicated medical staff is essential to the success of any healthcare organization and we appreciate their leadership and continued service for 2017.”

BATH COMMUNITY PHYSICIANS GROUP OPENS AT NEW LOCATION

 

After many months of planning and preparation, Bath Community Physicians Group opened it’s doors Monday, October 24, 2016 at their new riverside street location in Covington, VA.   The Bath Community Physicians Group is a department of Bath Community Hospital in Hot Springs, Virginia, and will offer primary care as well as behavioral health services to the community.   Kim Moyers, Family Nurse Practitioner, will be the main provider in the office.  Kim joined Bath Community Physicians Group in June of this year and has been working out of their Hot Springs office until the Covington location was complete.

Kim started her career in healthcare in Alleghany County where she worked for 17 years as a Registered Nurse prior to becoming an FNP in 2003. Since 2003, she has actively practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a variety of capacities which including Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Urgent/Walk-In Clinic,  West Virginia PCC Home Visit Team, Nursing Home Coverage, and once again in a clinic setting seeing acute and chronic health patients.  “I have handled workman’s compensation injuries and complete wellness/preventive health physicals including the new CDL/DOT physicals.  It is my passion to deliver quality, compassionate healthcare to those in the Alleghany and Bath County Communities,” said Moyers.

Although originally from a rural community Orange, VA, once married to Kevin Moyers, Kim relocated to Alleghany County to start a family. They have two daughters, Cora Beth who is in Vet School at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee and Emily Jane who is at Virginia Tech hoping to become an occupational therapist.  They own a small cow/calf operation and feeder calf operation for an area cooperative program.

“I’m looking forward to getting settled into our new location and seeing patients of this community.  As a resident of this area, I understand the challenges residents face when searching for primary care.  We know this is a much-needed service to the area and we’re excited that Bath Community Hospital is able to fulfill this need,” said Moyers.

The clinic is located in the old Riverside Health Center building and will be open Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm to see patients.   To schedule an appointment or for more information, they can be reached at 540-962-1122.   To learn more about Bath Community Physicians Group or Bath Community Hospital, visit our website at http://www.bathhospital.org

 

BATH COMMUNITY HOSPITAL CEO APPOINTED TO VHHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

October 17, 2016

Richmond, VA – Kathy Landreth, CEO of Bath Community Hospital was appointed to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association Board of Directors earlier this month.   The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association selects leaders from healthcare organizations throughout the Commonwealth who are able to help them achieve their vision of  improving health care safety, quality, value and service; and, aligning forces among health care and business entities to advance health and economic opportunity for all Virginians.

 

Prior to joining Bath Community Hospital in 2014, Landreth spent 25 years of her career with the Carilion Clinic system holding various leadership positions including Chief Operating Officer at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center.  As a leader who focuses on developing strategic alliances and partnerships, Landreth is looking forward to providing guidance to the VHHA on rural health issues facing the communities BCH’s serves.    “Being on this board provides me an opportunity to network with other leaders in healthcare who are facing the same challenges as our hospital.  Forming these partnerships and utilization of these resources is a huge asset for this community”, said Landreth.

 

Landreth is also a member of the DSLCC Foundation Board of Directors, the Virginia Healthcare Advisory Board, and a member of the American College for Healthcare Executives as well as the Virginia Rural Health Association.

 

BATH COMMUNITY PHYSICIANS GROUP IMPLEMENTING NO-SHOW POLICY

 

August 30, 2016

Hot Springs, VA – Effective September 1, 2016, Bath Community Physicians Group will be implementing a No-Show policy.  This new policy will also include a $25.00 no-show fee for patients who don’t cancel their appointment within 24 hours of their appointment time.

“We are currently experiencing a high number of no-shows throughout the week.  These appointment times could be utilized by other patients who are seeking our services,” says Kari Lightner, Business Director for the clinic.  She continued, “Available appointments are in high demand and with this new policy it is our hope that we will be able to maximize our provider’s schedules and provide services to those requesting appointments.”

Bath Community Physicians Group requests that if you are able to make your appointment, please notify their offices at 540-839-7197 least 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged at $25.00 no-show fee.   This fee is not covered by insurances and will be the patient’s responsibility before scheduling their next visit.

PRIMARY CARE RETURNING TO COVINGTON

August 4, 2016

(COVINGTON, VA) – Since 1998, the Alleghany Highlands Free Clinic provided primary health care for the uninsured. In 2013, their name changed to Riverside Health Center.  However, in December of 2015 the Riverside Health Center closed its doors.  After several meetings and negotiations, Bath Community Hospital has purchased Riverside Health Center building and plans to be offer primary care services to the area by fall of this year.

Charlotte Williamson, Chair for the Riverside Health Center said, “We thank the Alleghany Foundation and others who financially supported our mission and we thank our patients who entrusted us with their care.  We are pleased that primary health care will once again be provided by the Bath Community Hospital in the Riverside Health Center building.”

Kathy Landreth, CEO for Bath Community Hospital said, “We are excited about this opportunity to open a clinic in Covington.   Over the past several years, many primary care providers have left this area leaving patients with no choice but to travel to seek routine medical care or to go without the care they need.” She continued “Bath Community Hospital’s mission is at the heart of our business decisions and with the purchase of this clinic we will be able to provide quality health and wellness services to this area, expand our reach and meet the needs of this community.”

For 16 years the free clinic operated with volunteer doctors; Dr. Aubrey Hall, Chief of Staff, Dr. James Walker, Dr. Raymond Claterbaugh, Dr. Unity Powell, Dr. Beulah Roblete, Dr. Sarah McHenry and other community volunteers.   When Bath Community Hospital opens its clinic doors in October, it will be open 5 days a week and there will be two providers available to see patients.