WMC receives community input for ‘needs’ planning

From staff and press reports


Challenges are ahead for the healthcare industry, yet the leaders at Winston Medical Center are developing a community plan to tackle those challenges such as recruiting skilled care workers, educating on preventative medicines and spend all finances wisely.

“It is your medical center. We want to engage the community as we plan the future and create your healthcare provider of choice,” said Lee McCall, Winston Medical Center’s CEO.

With the goal of getting community input the medical center hosted a community forum October 15 to assess the needs, wishes and thoughts of the community about health needs. About 50 to 60 residents provided their opinions and thoughts on the community’s needs.

Barry Plunkett moderated the former. Plunkett works with the Horne Group based in Jackson where he serves as the healthcare consultant. Plunkett first outlined some health statistics for the county, sate and nation as a whole and the prevalence of cancer, heart disease, alzheimers and other diseases and causes of death locally.

With those facts in mind Plunkett proposed, “What are the needs of the community?”

The crowd responded with varying answers with many focusing on health education, preventative care such as exercise and more doctors and some specialists locally.

Plunkett also asked what the community’s wish list would be for the future in healthcare.

Audience members discussed more doctors, mental health crisis center, local specialist like an urologist and pediatrician, more doctors, and a wellness center.

McCall noted that from these suggestions, the Winston Medical Center would develop a three-year strategic plan by the end of the year and would provide a the information to the community in several ways.