By Frank Lewis
Time sure flies when you’re having fun. It has been one year since KDMC Ohio Facilities Director Jeff Mundhenk shoveled snow on the parking lot for folks coming to see the new King’s Daughters Medical Center Ohio on Scioto Trail in Portsmouth.
“It’s wonderful to work in a new facility,” Dr. Charles Wong said Saturday during the first annual open house at KDMC Ohio. “The equipment is all new. It’s state of the art. There’s a nice energy in a new facility, in a town like Portsmouth too. I think people are very happy to be employed. This facility has brought around 150-170 new jobs. That’s a nice energy level. People are just glad to work. It’s a growing institution. It’s nice to work with people who are happy to come to work too.”
King’s Daughters Ohio Administrator Kim Grooms said Wong’s assessment of the atmosphere is felt throughout the facility.
“We have the right people. We get the right people in from day one,” Grooms said. “We say everyone here is a caregiver. It doesn’t matter if you’re cleaning the facility; if you’re answering phones; if you’re doing registration; if you’re the surgeon that is actually doing the procedure. We all provide care and we touch the patient somewhere along the path. And we provide care in every aspect. We have a great culture, a great team culture within. And we all work together. So it’s an awesome place to work and a great team atmosphere.”
Members of the community toured the multi-faceted facility, enjoyed refreshments, picked up a few freebies, and made contact with doctors, nurses, technicians and administration.
“We are offering several free screenings,” Kerry Tague, director of community and physician relations, said. “A lot of folks in the community haven’t had a chance to come over and go through the building and see what we actually have here; what types of surgeries that we do and the services and testing we have to offer. We just wanted to open it up and kind of have a birthday party.”
Tague called attention to the intimate atmosphere at King’s Daughters Ohio. “You get the feeling that it is personal attention you are getting, one on one,” she said.
Tague said among the many surgeries provided at KDMC Ohio is orthopedic surgery performed by Dr. Gerardo Trinidad.
“He actually started a new procedure here on a Hana table,” Tague said. “It’s an anterior approach to total hips.” Hana is considered a Superior Table for orthopedic procedures including an anterior approach to total hip arthroplasty (AATHA).
Grooms said she was happy to come to the Portsmouth facility.
“I have been a team member with King’s Daughters for 18 years, and worked in many different areas within the hospital,” Grooms said. “So when it came time to work on the plans and develop the hospital here. I was an integral part of that and was really excited to be a part.”
Grooms is no stranger to the community.
“I went to nursing school here at Shawnee State University, so there is part of me here as well,” Grooms said. “I have family from Adams County, Ohio - my husband’s family - so it was an even greater opportunity for me to come to an area and actually serve the community. I’m so glad to be a part of that.”
Grooms said the facility has fit perfectly into the local community.
“The community has been outstanding as far as embracing us,” Grooms said. “Today’s event has been very well received. The community is coming in and we’re so enthusiastic to have them supporting us. Actually the community is the reason we have expanded our services.”
Grooms said the facility has grown because of the community asking for a greater presence of King’s Daughters in the Scioto County area.
“Now we’re thrilled to say that we are able to offer that, and we have a full hospital service, from surgeries that we provide to our urgent care that is 24/7 and then we have our inpatient setting as well,” Grooms said. “So we’re proud to be a part of this community.”
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.