Local healthcare services not only better, but smarter option

When it comes to medical services, the reality is bigger is not always better. In fact, for Nolan County residents, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) is the ideal option for treatment.Imagine making the 40-mile trek to Abilene several times a month just for healthcare services. Whether you or a loved one is actually behind the wheel, the 50-minute commute can take its physical and financial toll.“Many people don’t realize what a gem they have laying right in their backyard,” said Donna Boatright, administrator of RPMH. “Our hospital is among the best rural healthcare facilities in the state, equipped with the right technology and medical experts. Many in rural healthcare say that approximately 90 percent of all healthcare needs can be delivered locally, and I believe Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital is indeed able to serve most of our patients’ needs.”The hospital is proud to have recently celebrated the completion of renovations in their medical/surgical wing. As part of a larger renovation project that began late last year, more than 40 patient rooms were enhanced during the renovations with various updates, including six existing rooms modified to comply with Disability Act (ADA) standards. The upgraded rooms add conveniences for both the patient and their guests.The renovated facility provides patients with a comfortable healing environment that fosters an experience that rivals hospitals in nearby communitites.The situation is similar with the hospital’s medical staff as active staff and consulting physicians specialize in an array of areas. From internal medicine to cardiology and obstetrics to orthopedics, their expertise is widespread.With this level of care and technology available, the accessibility of the hospital is only an added benefit, especially when it comes to surgical services.According to Rosa Best, the hospital’s chief nursing officer, RPMH is a popular choice for elective surgeries. The convenience factor alone reduces stress on the patient and their families.“For in-patient procedures, loved ones know exactly where to go and can easily visit when necessary. Having loved ones around is proven to be essential to the healing process,” said Best. “Out-patient procedures provide additional benefit as the patient knows they can be home in a matter of minutes, versus hours if they had to travel to nearby cities. Car rides are not a fun experience after most procedures.”In addition to the extensive medical care available, RPMH employee satisfaction continues to remain exceptionally high. Boatright says that having a strong team in place is a testimonial in itself to the level of care provided.“Just as with any organization, employee satisfaction is often an indicator that you can expect not only a great product or service, but excellent customer service as well,” Boatright explained. “Apply the same principal to Rolling Plains Memorial and the end result is an unparalleled experience in medical care.”RPMH strives to ensure top of the line care is available locally with expert physicians, highly skilled medical professionals, and technology that rivals large metropolitan hospitals. These services benefit not only Sweetwater residents.“Surrounding communities have access to an amazing array of healthcare services,” Boatright said. “Knowing who to trust and where to go is why we’re here.” That is something Boatright and her staff takes to heart.“I have total faith in our hospital and its staff. My husband and I receive our care at Rolling Plains Memorial and I invite you to do the same,” she said.For more information on hospital services, visit www.rpmh.net or call 325-235-1701 ext. 221, to schedule a facility tour.Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital provides healthcare for those in the communities they serve. Founded in 1976, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital offers a wealth of medical services including: 24 hour emergency care, advanced radiology services including CT scanning and MRIs, outpatient lab, physical therapy, surgical services, swing bed services, patient education, home health and assistive services, and more. For additional information, please visit www.rpmh.net.