WINNSBORO — Suzanne Doscher, new CEO of Fairfield Memorial Hospital, spoke at the Cornwallis House Tea Company last week and discussed several topics from revitalizing the hospital’s image to the critical services offered and her belief that the hospital should be a linchpin for the community.
The hospital has been a topic of controversy for some time in Winnsboro. Rumblings of poor care and financial trouble have been common, but many have been very happy with the care they received. With a new CEO, hopes are high that the facility will turn the corner.
Doscher is a veteran of over 30 years in the healthcare field including 20 years of senior leadership. After moving around the country throughout her childhood, she came to South Carolina to attend the College of Charleston and decided to stay in the state since then.
Doscher has climbed the proverbial ladder through her career. She began working in the healthcare industry as a lab technician, and went back to school to get her master’s degree with the intentions of supervising the lab. She was convinced around that time to pursue hospital administration instead, and has risen through the ranks at several hospitals ever since.
Since coming to Winnsboro, Doscher says she has been very impressed with the quality of people.
“I work with the most dedicated, positive people that I’ve ever seen anywhere,” she said.
In fact, she says her favorite aspect of her job is the people with whom she works.
That staff provides a number of services for the community, including many that residents are still learning about.
There is the Blue Granite Medical Center, short term in-patient care for residents who have been discharged from larger hospitals but are not ready to return home, and state of the art nuclear medicine equipment.
There is also a program called Wellness Works which will help ensure that employers and individuals are getting the most out of their insurance. The program works examining the options available for preventative care and helping connect people with those services.
With many residents unaware of the quality and service offered by the hospital, perception has been left lacking. This is one of the main areas Doscher must address, and she has been working tirelessly to do just that.
Part of her efforts have been directed at making the hospital more attractive as a part of a larger system.
“This hospital, like every little hospital, if they are isolated and stand alone and don’t have the knowledge and resources that a larger facility can access, then they can’t maintain a hospital in a community,” she said. “We’re working hard to find a partner so we can tap into those resources.”
With the difficult task of changing perceptions and continuing to strive towards providing excellent quality of care ahead, Doscher is confident in the abilities of the staff and the services that are being provided.
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