Big Spring is blessed with a broad and varied array of health care providers and services.
From a 150 bed private hospital serving the general public to a Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, a State mental health facility and a Texas State Veterans Home Big Spring is a center for health care.
Big Spring is home of one of the premier rehabilitation facilities in West Texas providing physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, audiolgy, wellness programs along with a multitude of other services.
Big Spring offers several facilities that provide housing for the elderly, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and in home health care.
Big Spring has long had the reputation as being a center for health care in West Texas.
Scenic Mountain Medical Center (SMMC), located on Martin Luther King Boulevard, admits 3000 patients to the 150-bed hospital each year, while the emergency department serves 16,000 people annually. The hospital hosts a staff of approximately 325 employees, delivers an annual payroll of over $20 million and is involved in several community non-profit efforts. Notably, in 2012 the SMMC team raised over $15,000 to contribute to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and hospital staff pledged $31,000 to support the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County. In 2011, the facility provided more than $17 million in care to patients unable to pay their hospital bills.
SMMC is continually investing in updated equipment and improved facilities to better meet the healthcare needs of Big Spring and the surrounding communities. In 2011, the hospital implemented electronic charting in the Emergency Department and upgraded technology in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. All elevators received a much-needed update, and visitors, patients and staff now enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the facility.
To date in 2012, SMMC has implemented Electronic Medical Records, consolidated our Women’s Services area in the Malone & Hogan clinic, and updated exterior hospital signage. The technology used in our Scenic Mountain Sleep Center is currently being upgraded and Dr. Archana Rao, board certified in neurology and sleep medicine, will be reading the sleep studies and reporting the results to local physicians as they work to detect and correct sleep difficulties.
Several new services were added in 2011. The installation of digital mammography equipment ensures that the women of Howard County have all of the advantages of this technology without leaving town. Offering noninvasive arterial testing may provide for early detection of peripheral artery disease (PAD). Cardiolite stress testing aids physicians in detecting cardiac disease.
A Level IV Trauma Center designation, first earned in 2005 and now valid until 2014, certifies that the Emergency Department at Scenic Mountain provides the equipment and resources to care for patients with traumatic injuries and illness. “This designation was given after SMMC underwent an extensive survey process by the Texas Department of State Health Services to demonstrate its commitment to high quality trauma care for the residents of Howard County and the surrounding area”, Chief Nursing Officer Judy Roever states. “We will continue to work to set new standards of excellence in providing emergency care.”
In October 2011 SMMC implemented a 30-Minutes-or Less Emergency Room Service Pledge. This means that when patients enter the ED, the time of their arrival will be noted, and a clinical professional will work diligently to initially see them within 30 minutes of their arrival. In April 2012, Concord Medical Group began providing physicians for the SMMC emergency department. Based in Abilene, Texas, this
family-owned company understands the needs of our community, and is committed to providing you and your family with the best possible emergency care.
February 2012 marked Larry Rodgers second year anniversary as chief executive officer of SMMC. During his tenure, the team has renewed its commitment to their mission: to provide compassionate, high-quality and safe patient care. This focus resulted in some national recognition for the facility as Press Ganey Associated, Inc. named SMMC a 2011 Top Improver Award winner. This award recognizes hospitals that have shown continuous improvement over two years. The facility also earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.
Chief Quality Officer, Amy Miramontes, reports that the American Heart Association (AHA) has recognized SMMC with a Silver Performance Achievement Award in their Get With The Guidelines quality program for heart failure. Hospitals presented with this award have demonstrated a commitment to treating heart failurepatients with 85% or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association for one year.
Scenic Mountain’s continued efforts to attract and retain experienced, talented medical staff members result in new physicians joining the team of professionals serving this community. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Roland Cheng, M.D. joins the medical staff in September 2012. He will practice with Robert Hayes, M.D. at Family Medical Center Orthopedic Services in the Malone & Hogan Clinic. Also in September, SMMC will begin working with Apogee Physicians to provide hospitalists to care for patients on the medical-surgical and intensive care units. A hospitalist spearheads your care while you’re in the hospital.
In addition to the facility’s role as a provider of health care, SMMC serves the community with a wealth of health education resources and free childbirth education classes. The Senior Circle chapter and Healthy Woman Program support healthy and active life styles and good health care decision-making. You can learn more about education seminars, health fairs and free clinics provided – as well as research hundreds of health topics – by visit the Health Resources link on the hospital website: www.SMMCCares.com
According to Larry Rodgers, Chief Executive Officer for SMMC, “If you have ever been to our hospital, you know that we take patient care personally. Rest assured that SMMC will continue to enhance its services to meet the needs of our thriving community. We appreciate your support and thank you for trusting us with the health care needs of you and your family.”
To learn more about Scenic Mountain Medical Center, visit their website at www.SMMCCares.com or call (432) 263-1211 to schedule a tour.
The Scenic Mountain Medical Center Mission: to provide compassionate, high-quality and safe patient care that exceeds the expectations of our patients, physicians, employees and volunteers, and to preserve and strengthen the tradition of community service.
West Texas VA Health Care System
The West Texas VA Health Care System is located at 300 Veterans Boulevard in Big Spring, Texas and was constructed in 1949. It is a 55-bed Complexity Level 3 facility with a 40-bed Community Living Center and a 12 bed domiciliary. Staffed with 520 employees, the facility serves counties in West Texas and New Mexico, with a veteran population of approximately 58,500. The WTVAHCS is part of the VA Southwest Health Care Network, VISN 18.
In addition to primary care and mental health services, specialties are available in medicine, outpatient surgery, ophthalmology, dental, audiology, and rehabilitation.
Outpatient alcohol and drug treatment are also provided.
The ophthalmology service is provided in conjunction with an ophthalmology residency training program through an affiliation with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. Programs are in place for medical residents and physician assistant students with Texas Tech University in Odessa, Texas. Additional affiliations exist with ten universities, colleges, and technical schools for students in nursing and allied health professions.
Authorized Beds: 55 Medical
40 Extended Care & Transitional Unit
40 bed domiciliary
To serve the health care needs of America's veterans through excellence of service.
The West Texas VA Health Care System will be a model of clinical and organizational
Big Spring State Hospital
Big Spring State Hospital's mission is to promote recovery from mental illness and a rapid return to community life by providing treatment, education and hope in a safe and supportive environment. Big Spring State Hospital believes patients can achieve their optimum level of wellness by being cared for in the least restrictive environment possible. Most people stay at the hospital less than a month before moving home.
Big Spring State Hospital contracts with the Veterans Administration VISN 18 of West Texas, New Mexico and Arizona to provide psychiatric hospitalization for veterans. Veterans from these areas may be admitted to Big Spring State Hospital by a formal referral from one of the seven VA Hospitals in VISN 18.
Big Spring State Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (Joint Commission).
For more information, visit the hospital’s website:
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