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HOSPITAL OFFICIALS DISCUSS ADVANCES

March 12, 1998

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Lawrence Memorial Hospital administrators talked about improvements at the hospital but also stressed the importance of working with other health care organizations.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital administrators and representatives touted past advances at the hospital and upcoming renovations during a Wednesday night reception and annual report.

Gene Meyer, president and chief executive officer at the hospital, said LMH not only plans to upgrade its physical facilities in 1998 -- with patient room and Intensive Care Unit renovations -- but expand its services also.

Meyer said oncology services will be looked at, with an emphasis on a breast cancer treatment. Increased OB/GYN services will also be a priority at the hospital, he said.

``We must measure up to your satisfaction,'' Meyer told a group of about 150 health professionals, LMH staff members and other members of the community, including four of the five city commissioners.

LMH board chairman Ray Davis said the hospital strives to serve all Lawrence residents, and he also credited other health organizations in the city.

``We can't achieve to improve the hospital without an awful lot of interaction and assistance from others,'' said Davis, who talked about the recently instituted Community Health Improvement Project.

Through the project, 14 agencies, including the hospital, are assessing health needs in Lawrence.

``It cannot be done by one organization alone,'' he said. ``This enterprise, improving the health of all of our citizens, is truly a commendable effort.''

Mayor Bonnie Augustine highlighted the communication between the city and the hospital administrators. LMH is directly governed by a nine-member board of trustees, but it is a city-owned facility.

``We appreciate your efforts to work together with all of us,'' said Augustine, who called Meyer an ``impressive leader.''

Meyer joined the hospital staff in June, and he often speaks of making LMH ``the best hospital in the United States.'' Among some of the changes he talked about Wednesday night are the opening of the hospital-affiliated doctor's practice (Lawrence Family Care), plans to add a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine this year and renovations to the maternity care center.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is koger@ljworld.com.

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