Lovelace celebrates 1-year anniversary

January 31, 2013 • Local News

Lovelace Regional Hospital-Roswell CEO Lloyd Scarrow and Dr. Fred French, who is the Chairman of the Board of Directors, have a conversation during a party Thursday afternoon that celebrated the one-year anniversary of Lovelace Health System Inc.’s acquisition of the former Roswell Regional Hospital. (Mark Wilson Photo)

Lovelace Regional Hospital-Roswell celebrated on Thursday the one-year anniversary of Lovelace Health System Inc.’s acquisition of the former Roswell Regional Hospital.

Employees gathered in the facility’s cafeteria, decorated with balloons, and Lovelace Regional Hospital-Roswell CEO Lloyd Scarrow spoke about the transformation that the hospital had undergone within the year.

This included the development of new programs, such [auth] as Silver Elite, which provides social opportunities and health information for people over the age of 60, and Labor of Love, which provides support and classes for expectant mothers.

Other changes have involved several technological and equipment upgrades and expansion of the building itself.

The hospital’s growth has been “rather rapid, in terms of a 12-month tenure,” he said, and it will continue to expand and develop in order to provide the highest degree of quality and care to residents of Roswell and nearby communities.

“Our goal is to send every patient out of here one advertiser at a time,” Scarrow said.

He commended the hospital’s personnel, such as gastroenterologist Dr. Frederick French, for their work in helping with that mission.

French was one of the original owners of Roswell Regional Hospital. Due to changes within the healthcare system, such as those implemented by the Affordable Healthcare Act, he said it made sense to merge with Lovelace Health System.

“It has worked out exceedingly well, in my opinion,”he said. “Lovelace is a great hospital system.”

Scarrow said the expertise of French and others at the hospital put them at the same performance level of “two people at best”and the hospital could use more like them.

He also recognized the work of hospital Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer Dawn Tschabrun, who “has been phenomenal at pushing quality.”

Tschabrun said providing quality healthcare is the hospital’s bottom line and it will continue to do so by expanding its services and facility. For example, in the last year, the hospital increased capacity in its Emergency Department by adding more bays.

She said the acquisition represented the hospital “becoming part of a bigger family and a larger healthcare organization.”

“It’s an amazing opportunity for us, as a facility, to provide care for the community of Roswell, Chaves County and surrounding areas,” she said.

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