Senior Life: How do we see our QVMC? The present and future of a community stalwart

Quincy Valley Medical Center has seen a lot of changes and upgrades over the decades, but the time has come to make the push for a new building, administrator Glenda Bishop says.

It was a gorgeous evening for ice cream at Crescent Bar’s Cup & Cone. We were not the only ones enjoying the sights and tastes of summer on the balcony that night.

I recognized a gentleman who was waiting for his cool treat. My question was casual: “Are you having a good summer?” His response, delivered with a smile, was sincere: “It’s a little harder getting started in the morning, but you know, I’m gettin’ up there. I’m doing well, and I’m just going to keep going!” Together he and his wife enjoyed their ice cream and I recognized the truth of his statements.

Just one night earlier at the Senior Center, my question was the same. This time the answer came from a lovely woman who was sharing a meal with good friends. After describing some of her personal challenges she said “I think it’s all about attitude!” Her smile filled in the blanks. Her attitude was gratitude for the people around her, the cook who had prepared their meal, and for their leader who pulls everything together to provide a wonderful gathering place for Quincy’s seniors.

Maintaining a positive attitude can be challenging, especially when faced with concerns about our health. At Quincy Valley Medical Center, we are working to support healthy living for our senior community. Our providers at Sageview Family Clinic know the importance of your annual Medicare wellness visit. They will help you schedule any necessary lab work which can be done through our full-service Laboratory. The team is also able to address your ongoing health concerns throughout the year. Keeping up with preventive health screenings is important at all ages, and we want to be your Clinic to help ensure easy, timely access.

Physical therapy is an important part of the healing process following injury or surgery. Our Physical Therapy Department, located in downtown Quincy, is expanding to meet the demands of a growing community. With three physical therapists, we are ready to help you return to active daily living and help you keep moving. Our therapists receive referrals from providers across the region; if physical therapy is in your future, remember these services are available right here in Quincy with experienced, compassionate therapists.

Wound Care is a specialized treatment to facilitate healing. We have an excellent team dedicated to bringing the highest quality care using a variety of treatment options. They are trained in the latest technologies to promote healing, and their patients give our staff high praise for stellar care delivered with expertise and compassion.

How will a new building enhance these services so that we can maximize services to our senior community? Like all of us, the building is aging. In fact, it is showing its age more than most of our patients can see from the outside. The hospital opened its doors 63 years ago. In its current state, from the roof to the boiler and cooling systems, repairs are not only inevitable, they are a costly, inefficient use of taxpayer dollars. The repair we make on the roof today will inevitably be impacted by a failure in a different area of the roof when winter snows begin to stress the structure. And we must ensure that the building meets the strict requirements of Department of Health as a hospital and clinic. A new building will serve not only the patients who seek care today, but families who move to our community in years to come.

Our Physical Therapy Department occupies a leased building in downtown Quincy. We are thankful for this space, but we look forward to bringing therapy services back to our main campus. Parking is challenging at the downtown location, and having the therapists close to the hospital for our patients will benefit not only the outpatient program, but our inpatient services as well.

Our Wound Care program has tripled in size over just two years. Currently they occupy their designated treatment room as well as drifting into the overflow Emergency Rooms, and they occupy an office space on the other side of the building. Patient flow will be improved by having a larger, defined space for the Wound Care patients and care team. In the current building, the program is literally bursting at the seams with nowhere to go.

Similarly, Sageview Family Clinic, built in 1989, suffers from structural deficiencies of the roof and cooling system. Our maintenance technicians and contractors address the problems with skill, but the systems are simply old and failing. As our clinic visits continue to increase, we look forward to recruiting new providers, but the state of the facility does not enhance recruitment efforts. A new building will not only eliminate costly repairs and improve the flow of patient care through the system, it will demonstrate to candidates that Quincy supports the vision of local healthcare both today and in the years to come. The cost of the replacement facility project at approximately 46 cents per $1,000 of valuation equals about $12 per month for a $300,000 home, or $144 a year. These low numbers are attributable to the contribution of the data centers in our Hospital District. We are in an enviable position compared to other Districts, for which we are grateful.

I happened to be in the right place to greet one of our patients at the hospital last week. He had just arrived for his appointment with our Wound Care team. His smile was generous, visible even from behind his mask. We chatted briefly, and though our visit was short, it lifted my spirits. Healthy living, positive attitude, daily activity, and access to preventive healthcare and treatment are important elements of life for all of us. Quincy Valley Medical Center’s team of healthcare professionals is grateful to be a resource for our senior community in achieving good health. We look forward to serving you.

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