The calendar has turned and we’ve officially made another loop around the sun. Each new year is met with hope and optimism and in the life of GVMH 2015 will be busy.
If you haven’t noticed we’ve got a construction project going on at GVMH. The total project is comprised of more than 90,000 square feet and a significant portion of the project will be an addition to the ground floor of the hospital. The expansion will help us to better meet the needs of our community by offering new and expanded outpatient services. The addition will house several busy outpatient departments; Outpatient Treatment Center, Imaging, Emergency Department and Surgery will all get new space. Once space is vacated by these services renovation will begin on the space they’ve vacated and other services will expand into those areas. So 2015 will see lots of construction on the hospital campus as the addition will be erected over the next 12 months with move in slated for mid 2016. The building project will really come to life in 2015.
2015 will also see continued focus on expanding services at our new Osceola location. We are currently in a temporary location and the search is on to identify the right permanent location. GVMH makes it a priority to meet the needs of the communities we serve. Osceola is the newest community we’ve established a presence in and it’s important for us to continue to listen to feedback from that community to be sure we’re doing everything we can to provide services of the greatest benefit.
At the State level it will be interesting to see what, if anything, happens with Medicaid Expansion. To this point the Missouri Legislature hasn’t adopted Medicaid Expansion and in doing so thousands of Missouri Citizens don’t have access to health coverage. Expansion is a controversial and political subject but I do have faith that doing the right thing for Missourians will trump political aspirations. I’m optimistic that a compromise will be reached and Missouri will adopt an expansion model that is unique to our state.
On the federal level attention will shift to identification of Presidential Candidates. I have no idea who front-runners are in either party but I do know that the front-runner today will change by 2016.
At the City of Clinton level there is going to be a push for a smoking ban in public places. As an organization GVMH will support the ban and be a resource for information. Our Mission is to provide “exceptional health and wellness services”. Smoking is a personal choice but second-hand smoke is not. It falls within our mission to promote activities that increase the health of our community and limiting smoking in public places does just that.
On a personal level 2015 brings challenges as well. My youngest will turn 2 mid year and I’m hopeful that as 2015 draws to a close so will the need for diapers. My oldest will turn 6 in 2015 and I anticipate a few more visits from the tooth fairy as well as the need to replace pants because of holes in the knees. Beyond that I don’t really know for certain what the year will bring, all I do know for certain is memories will be made, both good and bad, lessons will be learned, both tough and easy, and 2016 will be here before we know it.
Happy New Year!