It’s been 100 days since Suzanne Doscher took over as the chief executive officer at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. She was hired by the board of trustees over the summer and assumed duties on Sept. 1, replacing retiring Mike Williams.
“I am particularly impressed with how welcoming and kind the hospital employees are,” Doscher said. “It’s a very diverse group and they are a good bunch of people.”
Doscher came to Fairfield Memorial Hospital after serving as vice president of operations for Tidelands Health in Georgetown, S.C., an organization that owns two hospitals and several outpatient facilities in Horry and Georgetown counties.
She began her career in health care doing laboratory work more than 30 years ago. She holds a bachelor of science degree and a masters degree in health care administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. She also is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
“I’ve worked my entire career here in South Carolina,” she said, noting positions she held in Charleston, Newberry and Georgetown.
Doscher pointed to three key observations in her first 100 days on the job. She said she liked the collaborative nature of the medical staff, noting the successes of the hospital, the success of working together and the quality of the medical care they provide.
“Anything I ask them, they step up and do it,” she said. “I am also very happy with the top leadership in our organization. They all are very dedicated to the success of this organization.
“However, like any organization, thirdly we have our share of issues dealing with state and federal regulators,” she added. “In addition, we are a small hospital with limited resources. This means that sometimes when someone is out, we don’t have a lot of back up.”
With a full 100 days under her belt, Doscher has begun to set a vision for the future.
“I want to work with our board of trustees, community leaders, government officials and area businesses to work together to establish a vision for where we are going in the future,” she said. “We need to ask, ‘What partners do we need to seek to remain sustainable for years to come?’”
She said plans are underway to develop and implement a short-term and long-term strategic plan.
Secondly, Doscher said she hopes to establish a closer relationship with business and industry in the county. Most insurance companies offer some sort of wellness program and health services for local employees who participate in group insurance plans.
“I think we can step in and help those companies manage their health and wellness benefits and resources,” she said. “Health insurance is a big cost to a company. We would like to assist businesses and their employees navigate through their health and wellness benefits.”
In the coming months and years, Doscher said she sees a promising future for our local hospital. “We have the right leadership team with our board, medical staff and employees. And that’s an important part for sure.”