Pioneer Community Hospital of Stokes County Director Pam Tillman was named the 2014 Business Leader of the Year.
She thanked her family for their support as she has moved through her career in health care.
"I had a gift from the family that raised me to have wonderful roots and wings," she said. "I have the love and support of my parents and other extended family that gave me confidence that I could do anything I set my mind to.
Tillman said currently her mind is set on providing the best health care possible to the residents of Stokes County.
"We want to be the community hospital where we can take care of the folks who really need us," she said. "We want to be there for the folks who don't have the means to get to Winston. I feel excited that we are trying to identify the needs of the community that are not being met locally and and making sure those are available."
Tillman also thanked the staff at Pioneer for all of their hard work and continuing efforts to improve the care for the community.
Administrators at Pioneer Community Hospital knew they were creating something that would really help the community when they opened the doors to the geriatric psychiatric ward in October 2013.
"We did not have the resources here to help those people," said hospital spokesman Tracey Collins. "There would be people sitting in the ER for days at a time waiting for a bed in places as far away as Raleigh. There was real suffering for everyone involved. Those people needed help right away. There was such a shortage, and so much pain for so long that the powers that be said we have to deal with it."
So the hospital began the long process of getting approval from the state to create a psychiatric ward for older patients, and eventually got a license for six beds.
"We actually have nine beds constructed, but the way it works is we have to develop an experienced mod and show there is a need and then at some point we can apply for a license for the additional beds," said Collins, adding that the creation of the ward took close to eight months and cost around $300,000. "It is in a part of the hospital that used to be acute care beds, so we had to shut off that side of the building and completely gut it. Everything in there is brand new. The construction process involved a lot of different people an organizations coming in and inspecting it."
The new ward has several additional security features to protect the residents including heavy, locked doors at each end and plexiglass over the windows to prevent any patients from attempting to climb through them.
"It was a very expensive remodel," said Collins. But one that has proven to be worth the investment.
Collins said in December the six-bed facility averaged 5.25 patients a day and that since opening three months ago around 40 patients have been helped.
"That is a great indicator of what a need there is," he added. Collins also said the new ward had helped to create 18 to 20 new jobs at the hospital. "There will be more as we add beds and see more and more need. Some of the jobs are part time, but it has also created more job functions through the hospital. It is exponential."
As we age, many of us experience both physical and mental losses. The new Senior Care Unit located in Pioneer Community Hospital of Stokes is a unit that specializes in behavioral and mental health for seniors and can help them deal with these losses. With only 10 beds, this unit is a small and comfortable place for our elderly to gain the tools needed to continue to live a happy and full life as they age.
Our team of psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, nursing assistants and activity therapists can help diagnose and treat many mental health issues that you may be noticing in a loved one. Some of these issues may include:
This program provides a structured setting and offers a therapeutic atmosphere that most patients find helpful. Treatment plans are individually developed for each patient and include group counseling, individual counseling, family counseling and medication management. The average length of stay is sixteen days and the costs of care are covered by Medicare.
Visitation by family members during designated visiting hours is encouraged. Patient referrals can be made by anyone: a family member, physician, nursing home staff, Pastor, friend or neighbor. A confidential, no charge assessment can be scheduled by calling 336-593-2831.
Newsome Family Practice of King joined the team of Pioneer Community Hospital of Stokes on July 1st. Dr. Sam Newsome has served as the Medical Director for the Hospital for a number of years. The Newsome Clinic is located on Mountain View Road and has 11 employees. Long term Pioneer employee Ashley Barton will serve as the Office Manager. The clinic will be called Pioneer Family Medical of King. Assistant Administrator Pam Tillman said that this is a great move for the community and for Pioneer. "Dr. Newsome has a passion for helping patients and as a lifelong Stokes County resident he understands the community and the challenges we face." In addition to Dr. Newsome there are two other Medical Providers at the clinic. They include Nurse Practitioners Candice Key and Christen Duke. The clinic will serve a great need for the community as well as giving Pioneer a great referral source. The clinic is accepting new patients. The patients who utilized the Newsome Clinic previously will remain patients for the Pioneer clinic. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment please call 336-983-6898. Pioneer Family Medical of King, 304 Mountain View Road location.
Dr. Paul Manson began with Pioneer Community Hospital of Stokes on July 1st. Dr. Manson moves to Stokes County from Tucson, Arizona. He completed his residency program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Manson's specialty is Internal Medicine and he will begin accepting new patients right away. Dr. Manson and his wife Michelle have seven children ages 6-19. He will work in the family practice, Emergency Department, Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility. Pam Tillman Assistant Administrator stated "I think Dr. Manson will be a wonderful addition to Pioneer and to the Stokes County Community. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment please 336-593-8281.