McLeod Regional Medical Center took home some major, national honors Tuesday.
A leading healthcare grading organization awarded 23 top honors to McLeod doctors and hospital staff.
The Healthgrades organization gives out the awards based solely on clinical outcomes and the results of common hospital procedures.
Among others, McLeod took top honors in overall care, neurosciences, and heart, surgical and lung care.
The Healthgrades organization also named the hospital among the 100 best in the country for cardiac care, general surgery and spine surgery.
“It's tremendous, it's overwhelming, but I do think it shows that our work's pervasive, the things that we are doing in quality are not just in one place, but throughout our organization,” said Marie Segars, McLeod Regional Medical Center Administrator.
Hospital officials say those awards go hand-in-hand with a continued commitment to the community, one that's also included a significant amount of recent growth.
Over the past several years, the hospital's seen a surge in patients seeking care, that, in turn, fueled the creation and expansion of their facilities.
“The biggest and most important challenge is how to provide access to more patients,” said Dr. Michael Rose, VP of Surgical Services for McLeod.
Thousands and thousands of new patients meant constructing facilities well into a 15-county region, and more specifically, making huge improvements to the main medical campus in Florence.
“We began work in our heart and vascular institute, and our cancer institute, our surgery center…parking spaces in convenient, central locations, a concourse that connects the entire front end of the hospital,” said Dale Locklair, VP of Procurement and Construction for McLeod, of the facility's projects.
All of that work came together over the past several years alone and meant multi-million dollar investments and state-of-the-art equipment, specialists and resources right in the center of the Pee Dee.
Now hospital officials are focusing attention on what lies ahead, building up the main campus rather than acquiring new property and working hand-in-hand with the education community and a new downtown medical school.
“We have our centers of excellence centralized within the hospital itself so…we're not looking at sprawling out,” Locklair said.
“There are beginning to be plans in progress for physician development, from an education standpoint, from a leadership standpoint, such that the physicians and administration can work in collaboration,” said Dr. Keith Player, McLeod General Surgeon.
Hospital officials are nearing the end of a five-year plan that put the focus on creating specialized institutes, and they say they'll keep adjusting plans as patient needs dictate, in order to provide innovative care to Pee Dee residents, very close to home.