“Today is the beginning of a new day in healthcare in Bloomsdale, Ste. Genevieve County and our region,” said Tom Keim, SGCMH CEO, in his opening remarks at the ribbon cutting open house at the Bloomsdale Medical Centre. “We are bringing to this community a spectacular medical office building that will expand access to some of the best medical care and women’s health services in southeast Missouri.”
Over 400 persons were in attendance, including U.S. Representative JoAnn Emerson, State Senator Kevin Engler, and State representative Joe Fallert who all gave brief congratulatory remarks. Fallert also presented Rod Scherer, SGCMH Board of Trustees president, a framed resolution of congratulations on behalf of the Missouri House of Representatives.
|Rep. Joe Fallert
|Dr. Susan O'Donnell |
|Dr. Theresa Cavins
“I really appreciate Tom Keim and Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital’s (SGCMH) Board of Trustees for their vision and mission in bringing women’s wellness especially to the area,” Fallert said. “This is a building block for this region in terms of economic development.”
Rod Scherer was pleased so many supporters from the community came to share in the occasion.
“This is an exceptional opportunity for the hospital and the City of Bloomsdale,” he said. “We’re excited about being able to expand medical services in our community.”
SGCMH Chief of Staff Susan O’Donnell, MD also thanked Tom Keim and the board for their vision.
“I’m blown away by design of this facility and give Tom Keim and our board the highest praise.” she said. “I can tell you I hear comments from patients about our women’s care professionals and they are over the top. They are healers and care givers with great medical knowledge with personalities that patients love. This centre lends itself to the most efficient women’s health care—a one-stop shop if you will.”
Director of Brest Care Services Terri Cavins, MD, who along with women’s health nurse practitioner Mary Crecelius, will anchor the Women’s Wellness Services at Bloomsdale, said she can’t wait to move in to the new building.
“This is a dream come true for me,” she said. “We talk a lot about personalized medicine, and the patient really does come first here with all of our physicians and practitioners. It’s an honor to be a part of this team. We’re going to be able to offer state-of-the-art care in a very comfortable, natural setting. I don’t think it can get any better than this.”
Keim explained this comprehensive center for women’s health and wellness will provide diagnostics, breast care and imaging. Dr. Cavins and Mary Crecelius, WHNP, will be supported by Dr. Joe Sharlow, surgeon; Dr. Tony Lam, OB/Gyn; and Kelly Donze, CNM, WHNP. The women’s side will have five exam rooms, digital mammography, ultrasound, bone density, stereotactic breast biopsy, private consultation room, an education conference room and even massage capabilities. The womens’ center will officially open on December 3, 2012.
The Primary Care facility due to open November 5, will be the new home for Bloomsdale Family Health Care and Dr. Don Balacuit. He will be joined by one of the newest members of the SGCMH medical staff, Dr. Jonathon Bird. Nurse practitioners Kathy Hammond, Lu Miller and Christine Herrington are also part of the Bloomsdale medical team. The new primary care clinic will feature six exam rooms, blood draw, x-ray and retail pharmacy. The pharmacy will directly support the clinic’s expanded hours (M-F 8-8, weekends 10-3). The pharmacy is still finding its way through the credentialing process and plans to open in early December.
A final piece of the medical centre includes second floor clinic space that will be flexible enough to provide for specialty healthcare needs as they present themselves. At the present time, Keim explained that arrangements have been worked out to bring Dr. Briccio Cadiz and Jody Uding, APRN, BC to the facility to provide adult primary care services several times a week beginning in the next two or three months. Additionally, Dr Matthew Bosner, cardiologist will have office hours on a weekly basis.
To add to the festivities, Sheila Henderson from Portrait Gallery provided fun photo booth pictures and Lori Burgert provided five-minute chair massages. The Ste. Genevieve High School Jazz Band and Ste. Genevieve Chamber Singers entertained, and the national anthem was sung by Kaylin and Susan Roth.
“This brand new facility will house the area’s best and brightest medical talent,” said Keim. “You can count on us to continue investing in our people and technology to make your hospital and physician’s clinics facilities that you can be proud of and trust for your healthcare. Thank you for celebrating this moment with us. We thank you for the confidence you are showing us and your ongoing support and pride in Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital.”