Scenic Mountain Medical Center (SMMC), located on Martin Luther King Boulevard, admits 3000 patients to the 150-bed hospital each year, while the emergency department serves 16,000 people annually. The hospital hosts a staff of approximately 325 employees, delivers an annual payroll of over $20 million and is involved in several community non-profit efforts. Notably, in 2013 the SMMC team raised $12,000 to contribute to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and hospital staff pledged $27,000 to support the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County. In 2013, the facility provided more than $18 million in care to patients unable to pay their hospital bills.
SMMC is continually investing in updated equipment and improved facilities to better meet the healthcare needs of Big Spring and the surrounding communities. Electronic charting has been implemented throughout the facility and in the clinics, a new Cysto Room was installed as well as upgrades to the radiology room. Visitors, patients and staff have access to Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the facility.
Also, in the past year, new signage has been added around the outside of the facility. A new phone system has been installed and a Patient Portal is being implemented. Through the Portal, patients will be able to see all information related to their hospital stay on a secure, free, 24-hour accessible site.
Scenic Mountain Sleep Center offers sleep studies, read by Dr. Archana Rao – board certified in neurology and sleep medicine. After the sleep study is read information is reported to local physicians as they work to detect and correct sleep difficulties.
Scenic Mountain’s Digital Mammography department has received seven straight years of deficiency free surveys. Through the use of digital mammography, Howard County women are able to take advantage of the upgraded technology without having to leave town.
A Level IV Trauma Center designation, first earned in 2005 and now valid until 2014, certifies that the Emergency Department at Scenic Mountain provides the equipment and resources to care for patients with traumatic injuries and illness. “This designation was given after SMMC underwent an extensive survey process by the Texas Department of State Health Services to demonstrate its commitment to high quality trauma care for the residents of Howard County and the surrounding area”, Chief Nursing Officer Judy Roever states. “We will continue to work to set new standards of excellence in providing emergency care.”
In October 2011 SMMC implemented a 30-Minutes-or Less Emergency Room Service Pledge. This means that when patients enter the ED, the time of their arrival will be noted, and a clinical professional will work diligently to initially see them within 30 minutes of their arrival. In April 2012, Concord Medical Group began providing physicians for the SMMC emergency department. Based in Abilene, Texas, this
family-owned company understands the needs of our community, and is committed to providing you and your family with the best possible emergency care.
February 2014 marked Larry Rodgers four year anniversary as chief executive officer of SMMC. During his tenure, the team has renewed its commitment to their mission: to provide compassionate, high-quality and safe patient care.
Scenic Mountain’s continued efforts to attract and retain experienced, talented medical staff members result in new physicians joining the team of professionals serving this community. Several new faces have come on board in the past year: Board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Darrell Franks, M.D.; Board-certified general surgeon Eric Koch, M.D. and Family Nurse Practitioners Jody Roberts and Sheri Nichols.
SMMC began working with Apogee Physicians to provide hospitalists to care for patients on the medical-surgical and intensive care units. A hospitalist spearheads your care while you’re in the hospital.
In addition to the facility’s role as a provider of health care, SMMC serves the community with a wealth of health education resources and free childbirth education classes. The Senior Circle chapter and Healthy Woman Program support healthy and active life styles and good health care decision-making. You can learn more about education seminars, health fairs and free clinics provided – as well as research hundreds of health topics – by visit the Health Resources link on the hospital website: www.SMMCCares.com
According to Larry Rodgers, Chief Executive Officer for SMMC, “If you have ever been to our hospital, you know that we take patient care personally. Rest assured that SMMC will continue to enhance its services to meet the needs of our thriving community. We appreciate your support and thank you for trusting us with the health care needs of you and your family.”
To learn more about Scenic Mountain Medical Center, visit their website at www.SMMCCares.com or call (432) 263-1211 to schedule a tour.
The Scenic Mountain Medical Center Mission: to provide compassionate, high-quality and safe patient care that exceeds the expectations of our patients, physicians, employees and volunteers, and to preserve and strengthen the tradition of community service.