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Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center Assists Tornado-Damaged Kentucky Hospital

Shea Austin, American Cancer Society Health Initiatives Representative (left), presents the ACS Mid-South Community Award to Elizabeth Callais, LJCMC Chief Financial Officer.  Also present were Wendy Rotolo, RN, LJCMC Manager of Case Management, and Becky Majdoch, ACS Health Initiatives Louisiana Director.
Interior hallway of Morgan County ARH Hospital

Independence In a show of solidarity with another critical access hospital in its time of need, employees of Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center, in Independence, La., raised funds for severely damaged Morgan County ARH Hospital in West Liberty, Kentucky. On the evening of March 2, a tornado battered the hospital and its community in the eastern part of the state.

"We feel a connection to Morgan County ARH Hospital," said Sherre Pack-Hookfin, LKRMC CEO. "Fulfilling similar missions as critical access hospitals, we have a common bond, and now, a common experience with disaster."

LKRMC suffered a similar fate in February 2008, when a tornado damaged it.

Shea Austin, American Cancer Society Health Initiatives Representative (left), presents the ACS Mid-South Community Award to Elizabeth Callais, LJCMC Chief Financial Officer.  Also present were Wendy Rotolo, RN, LJCMC Manager of Case Management, and Becky Majdoch, ACS Health Initiatives Louisiana Director.
The tornado tore the roof off of part of the hospital.

To generate funds for Morgan County ARH Hospital, LKRMC held a bake sale, raffle for two Easter baskets and a blue jean day, with employees paying a dollar to wear jeans. The efforts raised $523.

A critical access hospital has a maximum capacity of 25 acute care/swing beds, is in a rural location, provides 24-hour emergency care services and maintains an average length of stay of 96 hours or less.

Shea Austin, American Cancer Society Health Initiatives Representative (left), presents the ACS Mid-South Community Award to Elizabeth Callais, LJCMC Chief Financial Officer.  Also present were Wendy Rotolo, RN, LJCMC Manager of Case Management, and Becky Majdoch, ACS Health Initiatives Louisiana Director.
Aerial photo shows major damage in the lower left corner.

Lisa Redding, Human Resources Manager for Morgan County ARH Hospital, has named LKRMC its new "sister" hospital. "This will not be forgotten," she told Pack-Hookfin by telephone. "And if you are in peril, we will rise for you as you have risen for us."

Morgan County is part of Appalachian Regional Healthcare, a nonprofit healthcare system serving 350,000 residents in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia.

Go to http://www.arh.org/locations/morgan_county/tornado_damage.aspx to make a donation to the Morgan County ARH Hospital Relief Fund.