Macon County Chronicle

Community Celebrates Hospital Week

When we are sick, we naturally want the very best health care available. Here in Middle Tennessee we are blessed by the close proximity of many fine healing institutions, hospitals large and small, staffed with physicians and specialists of regional and even national reputation.

But is bigger always better when it comes to choosing a health care provider? Here in Lafayette, Macon County General Hospital is proving that a modern 25 bed, not for profit critical access hospital can deliver excellent state-of-the-art care for our growing community. Macon County General Hospital has received national 5 star awards for patient satisfaction in ambulatory surgery, inpatient services, and exceeding patient expectations.

The physicians and 154-person staff at Macon County General Hospital take pride in offering high quality personalized care to the people of this community. Friendly nurses and support staff are ready to meet the needs of patients, 24/7.

The most advanced medical technology is available and used daily at Macon County General Hospital. The hospital offers State-of-the-Art Computerized Tomography Scanner Service, 24-hour E.R. physician services and Mobile MRI Services.

Your community hospital strives to meet its patient’s needs through complete laboratory and general medical diagnostic services. MCGH provides x-ray and mammography services, ultrasound and nuclear medicine, Rehab Services, Respiratory Therapy Services, EKG, and EGD services, along with CLIA Certified Laboratory and many other services on both an in-patient and out-patient basis including a Diabetes Education Program.
The hospital also offers specialty clinics including Cardiology, Podiatry, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology, Pulmonary, and Surgery with a number of nationally recognized physicians participating in these clinics. Eye Surgery, using State-of-the-Art equipment, is performed twice a month at the hospital.

To meet the growing demand for hospital services Macon County General Hospital is pursuing a building project to expand the building and the services they provide to the community, which they hope to begin within the next year.
Macon County General Hospital was erected in 1955, became a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporation in 1975 and was remodeled in 1978.

For the year ending September 30, 2008 the hospital recorded 942 admissions, 10,379 outpatient visits, 140 outpatient surgeries and 234 total outpatient procedures.

Net revenues for the year totaled $11,461,285.

“We couldn’t do any of this without the support of the community,” said hospital administrator Dennis Wolford. “We’re very pleased with the way the community has rallied around us and it’s really a good example that bigger is not always better. Our patients are our neighbors, our friends and our relatives and a lot of them appreciate the individualized care they receive here at Macon County General. I think that more and more people are recognizing that quality and we’re doing our best to meet their needs.”