Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital (MWMH) is a cornerstone in the building of Estill County. It provides economic, medical and social benefits to Estill and surrounding counties.
According to Hospital President and CEO Susan Starling, MWMH is vitally important, not only, for the health care services they provide, but also for their contributions to the community.
She explained that in 2008, the hospital, located just off Main Street in Irvine, spent nearly $6.1 million on wages, salaries, purchases of supplies and services.
Because the Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 52 weeks per year, it employs more people than you might think.
The hospital employs 185 people including 132 residents of the county, making it the third largest employer, behind the Estill County Board of Education and Carhartt Manufacturing Company.
As a result of this, the hospital is responsible for approximately $744,000 in state and local tax revenue. MWMH payroll comprised nearly seven percent of all wages and salaries paid in Estill County.
The hospital, affiliated with Catholic Healthcare Partners, a multi-state non-profit hospital ministry, primarily serves residents of Estill, Lee, Owsley, and Powell Counties consisting of some 31,000 residents, but also individuals from other communities.
As far as serving the healthcare needs of the service area, data shows that in 2008, Marcum & Wallace cared for 830 people on an in-patient basis. It treated 14,740 people in the emergency department and had more than 42,499 out-patient visits.
This shows that although the hospital is licensed for 25 in-patient beds, the vast majority of business comes from out-patient and clinic patients.
Starling related that the hospital has specialty clinics in allergy, asthma and immunology, cardiology, family practice, general surgery to include colonoscopy, endoscopy, and cystoscopy, internal medicine, neurology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, podiatry, pulmonology, radiology, sleep medicine and urology.
Starling explained that the doctors in these clinics are primarily specialists that can also be seen in other towns such as Richmond and Lexington. She claims that one of the biggest advantages of seeing specialists locally is the elimination of the need to travel to other cities for treatment and consultation.
Starling emphasized that as the hospital continually grows in new technologies, procedures and treatment options, it is of vital importance to the residents of the area to take advantage of the valuable and convenient resources available locally. It is only through utilization of the local services that the hospital can maintain and even continue to grow.
Marcum & Wallace has two new jewels in its crown. The first is the 64 slice CAT scan device, which is unequalled in acuity and speed, even in larger hospitals. These images can be performed at the request of any physician, once again negating the need to travel out-of-town.
The second crown is recognition as a certified trauma center. The trauma center at MWMH has already been credited with saving lives. It is serving as a model for statewide trauma center development.
Accessible hospital care is just as necessary for quality of life as are public schools, public utilities, and police protection.