An Open Letter to the Community
In this ever-changing environment of health care, I want to assure members of the community that Alliance Community Hospital is committed to providing the best patient-centered care possible for our patients.
In my 29 years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alliance Citizens’ Health Association including 20 years as chairman, we have evolved into a premier hospital and health care system in Stark, Portage and Columbiana counties and we are the only PLANETREE hospital in Ohio.
PLANETREE is what sets us apart from other healthcare options. We are committed to an integrative approach to healthcare with patient comfort as the number-one priority. Being PLANETREE means that our healthcare team customizes the patient experience and everyone at the hospital is committed to meeting the needs of patients and their families.
We are fortunate to have an excellent medical team and deeply committed volunteers as well as a staff of hard-working colleagues who are experts in their fields. We also feature experienced and dedicated members of the Board of Trustees whose strategic thinking has guided the vision for the hospital. We also have forged strategic partnerships with other educational and health care facilities in order to strengthen our ability to serve our community.
In an effort to improve “population health,” a current buzz-phrase to describe the effort to improve the health of a population, it will be incumbent upon us as a health care system to use all of the resources available to us including alliances and partnerships with other organizations to successfully meet the needs of our community.
As we have evolved, there are distinct areas in which we excel and continually strive to improve. Those areas include wellness, preventative care, education, acute care and rehabilitation. As an independent hospital, we continually keep up with the rapid changes in health care and we have been adaptable. We realize we cannot be all things to all people so we excel at what we do and the beneficiaries of this philosophy are those who choose us for their health care needs.
While not limited to five areas of excellence, allow me to elaborate to better demonstrate our strengths.
Education: We partner with the University of Mount Union and NEOCOM to continue to implement an already successful health care coaches program that teams students interested in entering the health care field with our patients. We also participate in numerous health fairs, including hosting one of our own, as well as many community events where educational health literature is routinely distributed.
Preventative Care: Ironically, we are interested in helping our citizens stay out of the hospital by offering various screenings, often for free, in as many venues as possible. These screenings can help our citizens assess their relative health in order to take preventative measures. We also offer periodic lectures and newspaper columns by medical professionals on a wide variety of topics to help our community members understand the causes and effects of health issues.
Wellness: With an emphasis on diet and exercise, ACH members are often found in the community making presentations about the importance of being well. We have also partnered with Aultman Hospital to provide centers of excellence in two important areas: the Aultman Heart Center at Alliance Community Hospital as well as the Aultman Cancer Center of Alliance Community Hospital, which is located on Sawburg Avenue. Both of these centers emphasize quality health care close to home.
Acute care: Our doctors and medical personnel pride themselves in the personal care they can offer in emergency situations whether in our emergency department or our urgent care centers and our on-site employer clinic. They realize that time is critical in emergencies and we have an excellent track record in acute care. Moreover, we are collaborating with the Cleveland Clinic Akron General to provide telemedicine capabilities for stroke patients who are brought to our emergency room. We continue to test innovative concepts to try and keep people out of emergency rooms as well.
Rehabilitation: Whether it is short-term or long-term rehabilitation, our facilities and medical personnel are second to none. Our Community Care Center nurses and physicians provide personal round-the-clock care with the ultimate goal of trying to get the patient back home. We also offer outpatient therapy services providing modern equipment and therapists who match their rehab plans with the needs of the patient. With the recent addition of Dr. Ryan Ficco, we believe we have one of the best orthopedic teams in northeast Ohio.
With all the rapid changes in healthcare, it is difficult to predict the future. Many hospitals have decided to consolidate; others have liquidated in favor of the mega-hospitals whose profits exceed their compassion.
At Alliance Community Hospital, I can assure you that we remain committed to being a non-profit hospital dedicated to our patients and proudly serving our community. We are working very hard to repay the trust and confidence you have expressed in us.
We know who we are and we are committed to serving the needs of our community. Our loyalty to you as our patient is unwavering. When given the choice regarding health care, I urge you to carefully weigh your options, and then put your trust in us at Alliance Community Hospital.
Scott L. Ingledue, Chairman
Board of Trustees
Citizens’ Health Awareness