Western Plains Medical Complex is joining with several organizations this May to recognize and celebrate many of our community’s healthcare providers and recognize their efforts to help make our community healthier for National Hospital Week May 6-12.

"This annual event honors the millions of healthcare professionals who dedicate their lives to taking care of people in their greatest times of need," said Kerry Tirman, chief executive officer of Western Plains. "From physicians and nurses to food service workers and volunteers, each employee of Western Plains plays an important role in providing a quality patient experience for members of our community.

"I am so proud of the hard work our staff puts in each and every day that allows us to provide the highest quality care and create a safe, welcoming environment for our patients and their families.

"They are at the heart of our efforts to create places where people choose to come for healthcare, physicians want to practice and employees want to work. And we are continually seeking out ways we can enhance the level of care we offer.

"The most important contribution we make to our community is providing high quality care close to home. Quality and service are at the center of how we care for our patients, and we continually invest in our facility to ensure we can meet the healthcare needs of our community."

In 2017, WPMC made $1,176,089 in capital improvements, including improvements to the emergency room and a new location and upgrades for our therapy departments in both Dodge City and Cimarron.

Inviting the best physicians into the community and supporting them also is a key driver of the efforts to ensure access to high quality care and service.

During the past year, WPMC added two physicians in general surgery and obstetrics and gynecology. Coinciding with National Hospital Week, May 6–12 is also National Nurses Week, an annual observance led by the American Nurses Association to recognize the more than four million nursing staff across the country for their role in inspiring, innovating and influencing the delivery of quality patient care at the bedside.

"Our nurses play an essential role in ensuring that our patients have a positive experience at our hospital and leave here in better condition than they arrived," Tirman said, "and I am so thankful for their tireless dedication to upholding the highest standards and working to advance our mission of Making Communities Healthier."

Other celebrations that Western Plains will be honoring in conjunction with National Hospital Week include National Nursing Home Week, May 13-19, which recognizes the care that skilled nursing centers provide for seniors and individuals with disabilities in our community, and National EMS Week, May 20–26, which honors the crucial, lifesaving care our community’s emergency medical workers provide when minutes matter most.

"Improving the overall health and well-being of our community is a team effort," said Tirman, "I am honored and humbled to work alongside these healthcare professionals as they dedicate their lives to improving the level of high quality care available to our neighbors and make our community healthier."