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Kentuckiana Medical Center Opens New Emergency Room (ER), Promising a 15-Minute Or Less Wait Time

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Kentuckiana Medical Center (KMC) in Clarksville, IN, has opened its new state-of-the-art Emergency Department and is offering patients a wait time of 15 minutes or less. Now managed by Wichita-KS based Galichia Hospital Group (GHG), KMC is benefiting from the Group’s past experience successfully making a similar promise to ER patients at Galichia Heart Hospital in Kansas.

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Kentuckiana Medical Center Opens New Emergency Room (ER), Promising a 15-Minute Or Less Wait Time

  1. 1.               Kentuckiana  Medical  Center  Opens  New  Emergency  Room  (ER),     Promising  a  15-­‐Minute  Or  Less  Wait  Time   Kentuckiana  Medical  Center  (KMC)  in  Clarksville,  IN,  has  opened  its  new  state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art  Emergency   Department  and  is  offering  patients  a  wait  time  of  15  minutes  or  less.  Now  managed  by  Wichita-­‐KS  based   Galichia  Hospital  Group  (GHG),  KMC  is  benefiting  from  the  Group’s  past  experience  successfully  making  a   similar  promise  to  ER  patients  at  Galichia  Heart  Hospital  in  Kansas.     Clarksville,  IN,  December  18,  2013  -­‐  Kentuckiana  Medical  Center  (KMC),  now  managed  by  the  national   healthcare  development  firm  Galichia  Hospital  Group  (GHG),  has  opened  its  new  Emergency  Department  and   offers  ER  patients  a  wait  time  of  15  minutes  or  less.  The  announcement  is  made  by  GHG’s  Chairman  &  CEO   Joseph  P.  Galichia,  M.D.,  F.A.C.C.,  who  says:  “Our  group  has  had  extensive  hands-­‐on  experience  running  an   Emergency  Department  at  a  hospital  much  like  KMC,  and  proven  our  ability  to  successfully  reduce  patient  wait   times  for  those  needing  emergency  care.  We’re  thrilled  to  now  be  working  in  Clarksville,  helping  improve  the   delivery  of  emergency  and  acute  medical  services  to  the  community.”   Dr.  Galichia  says  the  idea  for  shrinking  ER  wait  times  came  from  discussions  on  ways  to  address  common   emergency  room  problems  people  face  everyday  across  America.  "The  real  tragedy,"  says  Dr.  Galichia,  "is  that   often  patients  don't  come  to  the  ER  because  they  think  whatever's  bothering  them  isn't  worth  the  trouble  or   the  expense  of  a  check  up  by  a  physician,  or  they  fear  they  will  be  humiliated  for  making  a  fuss  over  nothing.   Therefore  people  experiencing  chest  pains  think  they  can  ride  it  and  they  sometimes  end  up  with  a  heart   attack.  We’ve  learned  that  early intervention saves lives in emergent situations.”   "We're  trying  to  provide  and  expand  care  for  people  who  otherwise  might  not  seek  it,  by  addressing  the  long   wait  times  found  at  most  Emergency  Departments,"  Dr.  Galichia  said.     As  announced  earlier  in  the  month,  the  Galichia  organization  has  relocated  Michael  Phillips  from  its  Wichita,   Kansas,  headquarters  to  Clarksville  to  serve  as  KMC’s  CEO  and  lead  the  medical  center’s  expansion  efforts   going  forward.  Previously,  Mr.  Phillips  served  as  the  CEO  for  Galichia  Medical  Group,  a  large  and  growing   multi-­‐specialty  physician  group  that  provides  comprehensive  medical  services  to  all  of  Wichita’s  hospitals,  and   throughout  the  State  of  Kansas.  Mr.  Phillips  served  as  a  key  member  of  the  team  that  recently  negotiated  the   sale  of  Galichia  Heart  Hospital  to  HCA,  which  closed  February  2012.   Further,  at  the  request  of  local  physicians,  KMC  is  also  installing  a  large  scope  of  new  equipment  at  the  facility.   In  addition,  KMC  will  increase  in-­‐patient  rooms  from  34  to  46,  of  which  12  will  include  telemetry  monitoring.     The  main  core  of  physicians  at  KMC  includes  Drs.  Chris  Stavens,  Anis  Chalhoub,  John  Rumisek  and  Rob   Dowling,  cardiac  surgeons;  Drs.  Eli  Hallal,  Joseph  Beaven,  Jeff  Campbell,  primary  care  physicians;  and  Dr.   Renato  La  Rocca,  an  oncologist.   Dr.  Galichia  explains:  "We  asked  our  physicians  what  tools  they  needed  at  Kentuckiana  to  provide  the  best   possible  care  to  patients,  and  we’ve  purchased  exactly  what  they  requested.  We  had  the  physicians  speak   directly  to  vendors,  so  the  physicians  could  offer  input  at  every  step  of  the  process.”       -­‐More-­‐  
  2. 2.   Page  2     GHG’s  philosophy  is  to  give  physicians  the  tools  they  need  to  provide  the  highest  quality  care  for  their   patients.  "Our  thinking  is,  who  knows  better  than  physicians  how  to  care  for  patients,  so  we  give  them  what   they  need,"  Dr.  Galichia  says,  “In  fact,  for  those  area  physicians  reading  this  announcement  who  are looking for a ‘Physician  Centric’  environment  to  care  for  patients,  we  encourage  them  to  contact  the  KMC   management  team  for  details  regarding  privileges  at  812-­‐284-­‐6100.”     About  Kentuckiana  Medical  Center     KMC  employs  close  to  200  people  and  is  located  just  off  U.S.  31  in  Clarksville,  IN,  which  is  part  of  the  greater   Louisville  Metropolitan  area.  KMC  has  been  serving  the  community  of  Southern  Indiana  and  Kentucky  since   2009  and  has  since  received  certification  from  the  Healthcare  Facilities  Accreditation  program  (HFAP).  For   more  information  about  Kentuckiana  Medical  Center,  visit  http://www.kentuckianamedcen.com.     About  Galichia  Hospital  Group     Guided  by  Dr.  Joseph  Galichia,  GHG’s  mission  is  to  provide  integrated  healthcare  systems  that  provide  the   highest  quality  care  possible.    The  Group’s  model  is  to  provide  efficient,  cost-­‐effective  health  care  services  that   meet  the  needs  of  the  community  while  embracing  the  concept  that  patient  care  comes  first.  This  vision  is   based  on  Dr.  Galichia’s  experience  providing  medical  care  in  many  international  locales  and  various  healthcare   systems.  For  more  information,  visit:  http://www.galichiahospitalgroup.com.   Contact:   Maggie  Chamberlin  Holben,  APR,  Absolutely  Public  Relations  –  http://www.absolutelypr.com,  303-­‐984-­‐9801   or  303-­‐669-­‐3558  (cell),  maggie@absolutelypr.com    

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