Tim McGill, CEO of River Park Hospital, was the keynote speaker last week at the meeting of the Warren County Health Council.
McGill used a question-and-answer session to gauge the audience’s knowledge of River Park and the services it provides, including the fact that all rooms in the med-surge unit are now private, the availability of wifi, and 24-7 coverage for obstetrics/ gynecological patients.
River Park’s Emergency Department is an accredited Chest Pain Center and McGill informed council members that the average emergency room wait time is 27 minutes.
Saint Thomas has 11 cardiac doctors on the River Park campus.
McGill said River Park’s goal for next year is to become a primary stroke center in partnership with Saint Thomas Health.
“River Park is a primary provider within a 50-mile radius in orthopedics and neurology,” said McGill.
Warren County Health Department director Michael Railling informed the council he will be leaving his position as he has accepted a position in DeKalb, Smith and Macon counties as director.
“I have enjoyed working with everybody here. This is a great health council, one of the best in the region,” said Railling.
John Copeland, TENNderCare coordinator, explained TENNderCare which is a division of TennCare, which provides health and wellness services for children under 21.
“We partner with medical organizations and go out into the community, provide school visits, etc. Right now, we are basically trying to promote everyone getting their annual wellness visits. I know a lot of kids need to have sports physicals. That is not the same as an in-depth physical.”
The health department has a vacancy for a nurse practitioner. The department has interviewed a qualified candidate for the position, but is awaiting the results of her board exams.
Justin Scott of McMinnville Civic Center announced there will be new bicycle routes near the Civic Center.
Kristie Sanders announced the Get Youth Moving (GYM) program will not be back this year.
Sanders will be vacating her position with the Civic Center at the end of summer. She has accepted a position in Putnam County.
“I will be working with a physician on new health initiatives,” she said. “My husband has been commuting to Cookeville for years. This new opportunity is a way for our family to be in the same location.”