Reaching Out To Our Community
As part of our mission, we are committed to providing the services our community needs. That's not just for when they come to the hospital, it's a year round commitment that makes us a part of their everyday lives. Here are just a few of the ways we like to give back to our community:
- Annual United Way campaign, giving employees the opportunity to make contributions and support affiliated programs
- Time off with pay for our employees to fulfill their civic obligation through Jury Duty
- Financial support and resources for the New River Valley
- Free Clinic
- Blood, Blood Sugar and Depression Screenings
- Support Groups for Cardiac recovery, Stroke & Brain Injury,
- Diabetes, Breast Cancer
- Women's Health and Prenatal Classes
- Senior Friends (h2u) club and activities
- Millions of tax dollars each year that support local and state programs
LewisGale Hospital at Montgomery Planning for Disaster
Since September 11, 2001, the concept of emergency preparedness has been given much more emphasis by both the public and private sectors. As a hospital it is our responsibility to prepare for any catastrophe that might occur in our area. In addition to the time and knowledge needed to plan and train, this takes money to purchase needed equipment and supplies
The federal government has made grant money available to healthcare organizations through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). LewisGale Hospital at Montgomery alone, has received over one hundred thousand dollars in disaster management equipment.
Some of this equipment includes: The addition of a negative pressure room in the emergency department Two environmental containment units which can convert any patient room into a negative pressure room Two disaster carts loaded with trauma supplies 12 powered air purifying respirators Decontamination tent Funding for training and drills Trailer loaded with disaster supplies.
The Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into regions, and each region has a disaster preparedness task force. Our hospital is a member of the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance (NSPA). This alliance has representatives from 14 hospitals, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Western Virginia EMS Council and others. The alliance meets at least monthly and conducts planning and training sessions. In the event of a disaster, the NSPA has a regional hospital coordination center, which can open to coordinate the relocation of supplies, pharmaceuticals and personnel.
There is even a state of the art communications trailer and 25-bed STIP unit currently being built. STIP stands for "Stabilization and Treatment in Place", and this unit is kind of like a MASH unit as it resides on trailers and can be mobilized to any area where it is needed. All of this has been made available through HRSA grant money.
In addition to the planning being done by our individual hospital and by the region, HCA has a comprehensive emergency management plan and multiple resources ready to deploy in the event of a disaster. This was witnessed after hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Tractor-trailer after tractor-trailer, loaded with supplies rolled into HCA hospitals to assist with their treatment of the sick and injured.
We don't want to think of a disaster happening in our area, but it is comforting to know that should it happen, we are not by ourselves. LewisGale Hospital at Montgomery donated supplies to serve Hurricane Katrina victims. LewisGale Hospital at Montgomery was asked to donate supplies, and we came through in a big way. Three pallets of supplies with a value of approximately $4,000 were donated. "Caring for our Community" extends all the way to the Gulf region!