Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Altus Lumberton Hospital
Thank you to all who came to our official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of our new Altus Lumberton Hospital.
Although we started operating as a hospital license last December, we celebrated our official inauguration on Thursday, January 30th, 2020.
On this special day, we had the pleasure of having many of our community members as well as the honor of having the president of Altus™, Mr. Kevin Herrington.
Watch the Event Presentation
If you missed the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, view the presentation guests enjoyed during this historic event.
During a brief speech, Mr. Herrington explained what has changed at Altus Lumberton and why.
When we first opened the doors of our emergency center here six years ago, we vowed to provide the best quality emergency healthcare possible.
As Mr. Herrington explained, after the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, the management of Altus™ started evaluating how they could better contribute to the well-being of the community.
One thing that painfully stood out was the fact that so many non-critical patients who required in-patient care had to travel long distances to reach a hospital that could provide the care they needed.
Medicare Patients, Coming Soon!
Another great advantage of Altus Lumberton becoming a hospital is the ability to be recognized by Medicare. We are in the process of obtaining a Medicare number through accreditation with Center for Improvement In Healthcare Quality (CIHQ).
That means senior citizens residing in or near Lumberton can now have access to the best quality medical care without having to go far from home.
Any Medicare member with Part A and Part B coverage will be a direct beneficiary of the new Altus Lumberton hospital facility.
What Has Changed at Altus Lumberton?
We are excited to announce that Altus Lumberton is now a hospital license. What does this mean for you?
As a hospital, we can provide more services to our patients, including in-patient care for non-critical conditions.
This means that anyone who needs to remain in our facility for observation, or patients with pneumonia or those who require intravenous fluids or antibiotics no longer need to drive to Beaumont, Houston, or Lufkin to be admitted to the hospital.
Now that we are a hospital license, you can receive the medical care you need close to home, saving you valuable time and money.
What the Future Holds
As Mr. Herrington explained, we are pleased to be a hospital license, but we won’t stop there. The next step is to become an accredited hospital.
For this, we will be working with the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ). This organization acts as a third-party accrediting firm.
We are currently expecting a surprise visit from the CIHQ personnel who will inspect our facility and procedures to ensure we comply with all governing best practices.
We are confident our staff and facility will meet all these rigorous requirements, and we will soon become an accredited hospital.
The main benefit of getting accredited is it paves the way for us to become an approved Medicare licensed provider.
Once we obtain this, we will finally be able to accept all members of our community regardless of age.
Growing Alongside the Community
We know right now we are a small hospital with a four-bed in-patient unit, but we are ready to grow alongside the needs of the community.
We currently have 10,000 sq. ft. of space available to expand, and an additional four acres of land to build in the future as the needs of the community grow.
Six years ago, we committed to providing the residents of Hardin County with affordable quality medical care. Today we reaffirm our long-term commitment and hope to grow alongside this beautiful community for years to come.