Monday, December 17, 2018
BJC, PHC | BJC HealthCare was formed 25 years ago — in June 1993. To celebrate the anniversary, BJC TODAY is highlighting each of BJC’s hospitals and service organizations in celebration of 25 years of improving the health of the communities it serves.
As part of BJC, Parkland Health Center offers a unique combination of world-class medicine, along with the deep local roots of its three predecessors — Bonne Terre Hospital (opened in 1911), Mineral Area Regional Medical Center (1952) and Farmington Community Hospital (1969). Each of the three hospitals was started by a group of local citizens, and each story is filled with rich history and unique memories.
In 1984, Bonne Terre Hospital became affiliated with Christian Health Services Corp. in St. Louis, and in 1992, Bonne Terre Hospital merged with Farmington Community Medical Center (formerly Farmington Community Hospital) to become Parkland Health Center. The following year, Christian Health Services and the former Barnes and Jewish hospitals announced the formation of BJC Health System — now BJC HealthCare. In 2015, BJC acquired Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington. PHC continues to the present day as part of BJC.
PHC has two locations in St. Francois County, Missouri — a full-service acute care hospital in Farmington and a three-bed critical access hospital in Bonne Terre. PHC provides quality primary- and secondary-level inpatient and outpatient services to the people of St. Francois County and surrounding areas in southeastern Missouri.
PHC offers a full continuum of inpatient medical-surgical and intensive care, obstetrics, geriatric psychiatry and 24/7 emergency services, along with a wide variety of outpatient services, including a wound care center, cancer center, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient surgery, diagnostic radiology, therapy services, infusion center, and a sleep disorder center.
PHC has twice been named as one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters. In 2016, PHC was awarded a Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award from Vizient Inc., and in 2017 Parkland-Farmington was designated as a Level III Missouri State Time Critical Diagnosis Stroke Center, as well as earning The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval and The Joint Commission re-certification, advanced primary stroke center. In 2018, Parkland-Farmington was awarded certification as a Missouri Level III STEMI Center by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Time Critical Diagnosis Unit.
In recognition of the anniversary, BJC TODAY asked several Parkland Health Center team members: What were you doing at BJC 25 years ago, and how has your role changed?
“I was working in patient accounts as cashier. I then went to the wound and diabetic center, then to physical therapy, then to OB and then I went back to patient access-scheduling. I’ve watched health care change a lot in my 46 years of working in the health care system. I’ve done a lot of other jobs during my time here, like accounts payable, payroll, insurance billing — you name it, I’ve done it. Also, I’ve never worked anywhere else in my lifetime but Parkland Health Center (aka Farmington Community Hospital).”
— Karen Peppers, patient access
“I was working as an LPN in ICU and embarking on starting an RN program. The idea and prospect of starting the Huckstep Center (cardiac rehab) was also on the horizon and I started doing research on this service for the hospital. In 1994 I opened the cardiac rehab with Dr. Raul Borrego and Mark Leonard, RN, and shortly thereafter became a supervisor of the service. Not sure what year I became a manager, and I became a director over multiple outpatient services in 2005. In 2011 I returned to the role as staff nurse caring for heart and lung patients, which has always been my true calling.”
— Kathy David, RN, staff nurse, Huckstep Center
“Twenty-five years ago, I was a new grad from the University of Missouri-Columbia. I started working at PHC in May 1993 on the evening shift, and at that time radiology was on call only after 11:30 p.m., so I was also taking call five to six nights a week for night-shift coverage, making about three trips a night back and forth to the hospital. In 1995 I was promoted to technical supervisor and have basically been doing the same job role since then, only under different titles. I was promoted over the years to supervisor and manager and have enjoyed my career at PHC, and I’m planning to finish my career here. The people and taking care of patients in our local community have made my career at PHC very special, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!”
— Steve Thomure, radiology manager
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