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Lawrence Memorial Hospital to begin process to become trauma center

FYI, the ownership of Lawrence Memorial Hospital is complicated and unique as community hospitals go. Legally, it is an instrumentality of a municipality (the City of Lawrence). It also operates under a charitable trust of Elizabeth Miller Watkins, who provided the funding for the first hospital facility and gave the building as a gift to the city. LMH is a public hospital, but no city or county funds support the hospital. LMH is self-funded from its operations. The governance of the hospital is by a volunteer Board of Trustees, who are appointed by the mayor of Lawrence and confirmed by the Lawence City Commission.

Regarding trauma designation, the LMH Board voted to direct management to pursue the new Level IV designation now being offered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Once obtained, LMH would likely pursue Level III trauma center verification through the American College of Surgeons if there is physician support and commitment. As the points have been well made above, it is very unlikely LMH would ever seek Level I or II trauma center. We are not big enough to treat the volume of patients required for those levels and would probably never have the round-the-clock physician specialities needed to support it. We are very fortunate to have Level I and Level II facilities within reasonable distance and will continue to transfer patients to those facilities for appropriate level care.
-- Janice Early, LMH Director of Community Relations

November 29, 2012 at 1:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Free State, Lawrence High adopt new concussion tests

The computerized baseline ImPACT testing is being offered free of charge to middle and high school student athletes in the Eudora and Lawrence school districts. There is no cost to the students or the school districts. LMH is donating this service, which includes having a physician with specialized training in ImPACT testing reviewing each test.

The test is also available to others for $25. It can be performed at Mt. Oread Family Practice in Lawrence or Eudora Family Care in Eudora. The test results must be validated by an ImPACT certified physician, and Dr. Tom Marcellino at Mt. Oread and Dr. Daniel Dickerson at Eudora are certified to do this.
-- Janice Early, LMH Director of Community Relations

July 27, 2012 at 4:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

LMH ranks No.1 in treating patients suffering heart attacks

LMH has offered elective interventional cardiology services since 2005, but emergency procedures were dependent on the availability of cardiologists from Cardiovascular Consultants. As this story illustrates, time is of the essence in taking care of STEMI patients, so in the past patients were transferred if an interventional cardiologist was not in Lawrence. Even with transfers, LMH has exceeded the "door-to-balloon" time standard of 90 minutes for the past 18 months.

Effective Nov. 1, 2009, LMH has employed four cardiologists and on Dec. 1 added a second interventional cardiologist. There are now two full-time Lawrence-based interventional cardiologists who are able to perform Cath Lab procedures around the clock. The goal is to take care of more patients in our community in a timely manner, ultimately saving more lives and improving heart patients' quality of life. -- Janice Early-Weas, LMH Director of Community Relations

December 21, 2009 at 3:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Health Care Access hopes to relocate near Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Just FYI: Of the $7,175,000 in charity care LMH wrote off in 2008, more than 30% -- a total of $2,254,000 -- was for services the hospital provided to Health Care Access patients. This is in addition to the free services provided by hundreds of physicians and other health care providers in our community who volunteer their time and talents to take care of HCA patients. -- Janice Early-Weas, Director of Community Relations, Lawrence Memorial Hospital

May 22, 2009 at 8:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )