Dr. Randall Turner, executive director for Reliable Healthcare in Morgantown, will be the featured guest lecture at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Thursday classes at West Virginia Wesleyan, discussing "Socioeconomic Factors Impacting Healthcare."
Created in 2006, Reliable Healthcare started with the mission to provide solutions to the needs of the rural community hospital and its family of physicians dedicated to that hospital. The hospital needed local doctors with the skill set to care for rural patients and local management to make timely decisions while keeping the needs of the rural hospital and community at heart. Additionally, the physicians needed a company that would care for both the interests of the company and those of the physicians.
Shortly afterward, another small hospital contacted Reliable at the recommendation of its first hospital's CEO expressing a need to develop its emergency department. With the same mindset and family direction, that hospital became Reliable's second contract. The changes in health care and the needs of the community necessitated additional services within the company. Reliable Healthcare started an ER/hospitalist program to address the needs of a local CAH. This was the first program of its kind in the state of West Virginia, and this move drew the attention of Hospitalist Magazine. The hospital and Reliable Healthcare were interviewed and included in an article outlining future integrative moves in medical delivery.
"The health care environment is changing and pressures mount on small rural hospitals and healthcare delivery models," said Thom Smith, director of school of health science. "We see our role as a specialist at rural staffing with answers to the perplexing questions that these entities face."
The public is invited to join one of the sessions in the Rockefeller Center in GYM 204.