LIMA — It’s a time of growth for Lima Memorial Health Systems, in particular upgrading technology that helps save lives.
“We’ve got a lot on the technology side. I think we’ve done a lot of good stuff over the last year,” said Mike Swick, president and CEO of Lima Memorial Health System.
“The lung cancer diagnostic technology that we’ve brought to the community last year was pretty amazing, and what we’re able to do with that is Dr. (Jason) Stienecker, who is our pulmonary critical care person, is actually being able to do lung biopsies and being able to catch things early stage cancer types of things. We’ve actually seen a lot of success with that so it’s bringing that kind of technology to the community.
“We’re in the process of adding an electrophysiology lab, which will allow us to do more cardiac cath-type procedures. Our goal is to keep stuff local and do what things we can do here.”
The hospital increased its capabilities in the operating room too.
“We opened our hybrid operating room. We can do more structural heart things in there so that you can do a cardiac cath and the open heart procedure all in the same room,” he said.
Attracting physicians to come to work at Lima Memorial is another improvement.
“We’ve been very successful over this last year being able to bring those sub-specialties into town. I look at the pulminary critical care one. We actually have a surgeon now that’s basically his only goal, he’s a surgical oncologist so he can deal with cancer cases,” Swick said.
“We continue as a community standpoint to grow our specialists. We’re going to have increased primary care. We have a vascular surgeon; we have a dermatologist coming to town and cardiology and a number of other specialties,” he said.
Reaching out into communities beyond Lima is a big goal of LMHS.
“I think we’re really looking at outreaching into our community. When I say the community, our community is an eight-county area around us,” Swick said. “We expanded our specialty practices down to the Celina area because that allows Mercer County residents not to have to travel. They can see their specialist there. We’re looking to add specialty services in Van Wert, Sidney, Ottawa, Kenton and St. Marys.”
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.