An Open Letter to the Citizens of Fairfield County

First Posted: 3:24 pm - December 31st, 2015

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The year 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of Fairfield Memorial Hospital. As the current chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees, I want to personally thank you for your support of our hospital for six decades.

Over those 60 years we’ve seen a lot of change in health care. More than ever modern medicine in 2015 requires specialized skills by a hospital’s workforce, special equipment to diagnose and treat illnesses and the financial stability to remain competitive.

First, I firmly believe our hospital’s employees are among the most dedicated and professional health care workers anywhere in the state. From housekeeping to nursing, they have the skills needed to provide the quality care any patient would ever expect. Current and past hospital administrators have set the bar high.

Secondly, considering our size we have the equipment necessary to treat and stabilize a patient who may need to be transported to a larger hospital facility. Those treated here have access to some of the latest and most modern equipment. For example, we have state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment which eliminates the need for a long drive to Columbia. The results are interpreted by a team of experts off site. In addition, stroke patients now have instant access to health care professionals using telemedicine who can quickly diagnose the severity of a stroke.

Thirdly, it’s important to know that our hospital has experienced some financial ups and downs over its 60-year history. Health care administrators nationwide are struggling with the ever-changing dynamics of managing a hospital, especially in a rural setting. But we’ve kept the doors open for 60 years and I feel certain we can keep them open for at least another 60 years. Thanks to the financial support of our county council, we’ve made it through some tough years. Thanks to fund raising efforts by our tax-exempt foundation, we’ve been able to purchase and obtain some new equipment.

Most importantly, thanks go to you, the citizens of Fairfield County, for your support of our hospital. It’s no secret that quality medical care is a critical driver to continued economic growth in our community. With your help and support, we will continue to provide quality health care to our residents and visitors.

In closing I would like to offer my sincere appreciation to the past and current members of the board of trustees of our hospital who have worked long and hard and often making very difficult decisions in order to keep the doors open. Let me encourage any citizens who have a love for this county and could bring some level of expertise to the hospital board to contact his or her representative on county council for a possible position on the board of trustees.


James McGraw

Chairman, Fairfield Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees



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