Separate entities provide combined medical care

In Sweetwater and across Nolan County, residents can reap the benefits of the current and continuing growth within the medical community. Through the private doctors' offices, the newly-named Shannon Clinic, and Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, access to critical health care services is becoming more convenient."Medical services in Sweetwater continues to thrive with great medical support for most of our community’s needs," said Donna Boatright, the hospital administrator at RPMH. "In fact, local healthcare continues to grow and expand to meet the changing needs of Nolan County."The increased options of medical care is not very common among rural communities across Texas. As a result, local and area citizens can take comfort in this access.In the private doctors' offices, six physicians practice in Sweetwater and they all work in the local hospital. Both the private doctors' offices and RPMH accept many insurance providers, including First Care.In addition, all of the other physicians in Sweetwater practice at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, which means that both the doctors and their patients have access to the local facilities and services. Thus, RPMH has no affiliations with any other hospital or healthcare system. And although the former Rolling Plains Rural Health Clinic was renamed as Shannon Clinic, those physicians from the San Angelo-based entity continue to practice at RPMH.Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital was established as a hospital district in 1989 to meet the needs of county residents. The operations within the hospital are overseen by a board of directors comprised of seven elected individuals. Additionally, RPMH plays a vital role in the local economy. With over 350 employees, their annual payroll stands at approximately $12 million."Our team members continue to provide outstanding service and care as we have received state-wide and national recognition for quality and patient satisfaction," Boatright added.In the past two years, RPMH has added programs and services to the hospital; last year, a $4 million renovation project was completed to improve their medical/ surgical wing and become even more efficient in their operations.Looking ahead, a new 18,000 square foot medical office building is slated for completion this fall. The building will ensure ample office space for current physicians as well as future doctors.