September 21, 2015 will be a day long remembered to folks living in Jack County. For anyone that has been even remotely involved in the county during the last 2 years will tell you that there have been signs that change has started to show around our part of the world. Yes, you read that right… “that word”…change.
While some see change as a scary thing (and sometimes it is) we all would agree that in order to grow to full potential, change is inevitable…and necessary. Where would we be if change did not occur in our lives? Crawling around in diapers, I would say.
Change occurred in Jack County yesterday. In a big way. A positive change, not to be feared. A change that could ultimately effect each of us.
At 7 a.m. on September 21, 2015 the doors to the brand new Faith Community Hospital opened and welcomed in the world. Or at least our part of it! With well wishes from far and wide the employees gathered early for prayer and breakfast, served by the FCH cafeteria. Excitement could be felt as the staff prepared to meet patients and begin the workday in the new building, which had undergone the big move from the former FCH building over the weekend.
The first patient seen was an outpatient situation, in which an x-ray was performed. One patient was admitted during the first day. Many came just to see the new building. A banner for visitors to sign lays at the front desk, with names written from people of all ages, all walks of life. People came to enjoy lunch in the cafeteria, which now has a welcoming dining area and a full staff that will be providing healthy choice meals to the public, at affordable prices! To those that came for lunch, they were presented the beef tips meal. Patrons can always order from the grill each day, where they can choose from burgers, club sandwiches and other items.
The clinic is well situated in the hospital. Each doctor has their own area within the clinic and will be able to see more patients. With medical advances in the works, the hospital will see many changes in the near future. Hospital CEO Frank Beaman is making sure that the hospital is prepared for whatever situation may come along, and even the use of robotics will be available in the near future, treatment that has not been seen in smaller, rural hospitals.
Of the first day, Beaman said “The first day in the new facility was a remarkable event.Watching the employees work with an elevated sense of pride was humbling. Every one of our guests and visitors were overwhelmingly pleased and excited about the new facility.”
The next phase of construction will be the building of the fitness center, slated to begin soon.