A NOTICE TO OUR PATIENTS
FROM GREG TOMCHO, Patient Accounts Representative
Dear Patient of East Adams Rural Hospital:
We recently sent a statement to you dated 3/10/2014 for East Adams Rural Hospital. When you review your bill you will see the balance owing listed twice. This is an error on the part of the extended billing office for East Adams Rural Hospital. We sincerely apologize for any confusion and the inconvenience this may have caused you.
The owed amount is the first balance. Please feel free to call us if you would like to discuss further. We appreciate your business.
Billing Questions (509) 659-5406
WINTER IS STILL HERE! DRIVE SAFELY DURING BAD WEATHER!
by Gary Bostrom
EARH received the Top Performer Safety Award at the
Washington State Hospital Association annual meeting. In addition to
recognition for safety, our hospital received a check for $5,000. A big thank
you to the EARH staff for a job well done!
Recently we have purchased and are starting the
implementation process for electronic medical records. Once that is on line,
patients will be able to access personal medical information, including current
In October, EARH received two federal citations in regards
to electrical and sprinkler deficiencies. Our facility was built in the 1950s,
when there were different safety requirements than there are today. We will fix
all the matters that were cited by the state, plus do some other necessary
repairs. The Commissioners have committed $1.5 million of the facilities
reserves for that work, and are applying for a $500,000 grant from the state
for energy-related improvements. We have signed an interagency agreement with
the Washington Department of Enterprise Services to oversee the repairs as well
as possibly obtain the grant monies. Unfortunately, this $2 million worth of
repairs will not address all the major items that need fixing in the facility.
We have chosen Apollo Solutions Group to work with us and
with the Department of Enterprise Services to obtain a very clear picture of
our needs. As you know, we asked the taxpayers of East Adams County to support
a bond issue for $10 million, but when that failed, both the state and federal
overseers could no longer turn a blind eye to the known deficiencies of the
facility. We are now mandated to complete the required repairs. In the
meantime, to ensure the safety of our patients and staff, we are installing
back-up emergency lighting for added security during power outages and are
increasing our fire-safety awareness.
In addition to updating the electrical service and
installing a new sprinkler system, the monies will also be providing a second
boiler, as our current backup no longer passes inspection. We will remain
diligent in our efforts to create and maintain a safe environment at East Adams
Rural Hospital is a twenty bed Critical Access hospital located in
Ritzville, Washington at the junction of I-90 and Highway 395.
Adams County Public Hospital District #2 operates the hospital, as well
as the Ritzville and Washtucna Medical Clinics and is associated
with the Ritzville, Lind, and Washtucna Volunteer Ambulance
Associations. Together, these organizations serve a 1,500 square
mile area of eastern Adams County, Washington.
Achieving excellence through
exceptional quality to serve
the health care needs of District residents and travelers.
EARH and its District Clinics are a
regional hub for health
care in Eastern Adams County that is well-integrated with a network of
care partners to offer exceptional care in a modern facility enhanced