A nine-month remodeling project is officially underway at Cass County Health System (CCHS), in Atlantic. CCHS CEO Todd Hudspeth said Friday, “Our number one goal is to make improvements that benefit our patients. The three phases of remodeling truly center around what’s best for patients and their families.”
The first phase of the remodeling project involves merging Admissions, Patient Accounts and Health Information Management into a single department. Previously, Cass County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) and Atlantic Medical Center (AMC) maintained separate departments for these three areas. Now, these departments have all been merged, and the staff is cross-trained to serve both clinic and hospital patients.
Hudspeth says “This merger of clinic and hospital support departments allows us to serve our patients more efficiently. Wait times should be reduced, we’ll be better able to cover any staff shortages, and it’s less confusing for patients and families, too.” The former hospital admissions and business office will house the combined Patient Accounts and Health Information Management departments. New, private hospital admissions offices will be constructed adjacent to AMC.
The second phase of the project will be to remodel the former Health Information Management Department space into an additional medical suite for Atlantic Medical Center. The final phase will be expanding Southwest Iowa Surgery by adding office and exam room space for Dr. Edward Fisher, orthopedic surgeon and Dr. Roger Drown, foot and ankle surgeon. Both physicians are currently working out of the CCMH Outpatient Clinic until space is available in Southwest Iowa Surgery this fall.
• Calls to both the Atlantic Medical Center (243-2850) and Cass County Memorial Hospital (243-3250) are now answered as “Cass County Health System.” Staff is cross-trained to be able to direct your call as needed.
• Hospital Admissions is temporarily located in the atrium, behind the staircase, until the new Admissions area is constructed this summer.
• All billing, insurance, and medical records questions are being handled at the Atlantic Medical Center.