Rural Wellness Anadarko Hospital/RWAH opened in 1978 as the pride of the community. Over the years, like many rural hospitals, the physical plant was deteriorating, admissions slowed and patients were forced to seek healthcare in far away, urban areas.
Type of Facility
Critical Access Hospital
Number of Employees
Community It Serves
RWAH faces major issues
Though the community took great pride in their hospital, times were difficult.
RWAH faced what appeared to be insurmountable hurdles. Conversion to a Critical Access Hospital in 2000 helped, but didn’t correct all ills.
It was clear that more attention was needed on issues facing the hospital, its board and the community. Partnership with AVEM has turned the facility around and put it in a position to sustain the community.
Physical plant was deteriorating faster than maintenance could sustain
HOSPITAL CUT OFF
Key medical service providers and vendors sever relationships
STAFF LOSES FAITH
Medical and administrative staff went unpaid as hospital failed
RWAH calls on AVEM for help
AVEM partnered with RWAH in 2006 to bring renewed vigor to the life of the hospital and the surrounding community.
The focused commitment to staff training and career development has paid off. Rural Wellness Anadarko Hospital is now a recognized leader among Critical Access Hospitals. The hospital has highest patient satisfaction scores ever! The community is stable and growing aided by AVEM’s commitment to local investments.
The 4 to 1 patient/nurse ratio means staff can provide more service and “touches” and can handle the most medically complex patients.
CARE & SERVICES EXPAND
RWAH offers services traditionally found in larger, urban facilities.
“Nurses and nursing staff is what makes this hospital above all others in patient care.”
“Best medical hospital for treatment and rehabilitation after surgery.”
“Always accommodating to my family and visitors.”
“EVERY member of the staff is just wonderful. This is by far one of the best hospitals I've had to stay in. I just can't say enough about the staff (nurses, doctors, cleaning staff, cafeteria staff, etc.). I brag to every one about this hospital.”
“The whole staff cared for my wellbeing—I’m blessed to have such care.”