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Community is Better Served by an Independent Wayne HealthCare

GREENVILLE – From 2010 to 2017 over 80 rural hospitals across the country closed their facilities and that trend is expected to continue. While others are failing, Wayne HealthCare (WHC) continues to grow.

From the February 16, 2018 edition of The Early Bird

GREENVILLE – From 2010 to 2017 over 80 rural hospitals across the country closed their facilities and that trend is expected to continue. While others are failing, Wayne HealthCare (WHC) continues to grow.

Since seeing its first patients in 1922, WHC has remained an independent hospital operated by the nearly 500 member Wayne Hospital Company.

Wayne Deschambeau, president/CEO of WHC, laughs when he’s asked if the hospital is going to be the next hospital Premier Health closes. His response, “Yep, they are going to close us right after they close Honda. They say, ‘they don’t own Honda.’ And they don’t own us either.”

By remaining independent, WHC has been able to create a business model that allows for partnerships and affiliations. “We like to have the relationship with the bigger people as long as they don’t tell us how to operate our facility,” he said.

One of the first partnerships was the Wayne Cancer Center. It has quickly developed into the hospital’s number one service from a world-class quality of care standpoint. The Center is accredited and certified by the Commission on Cancer and has twice received the Commendation Level Award, the highest level of achievement. It is the only rural Center in a five-state region to receive that certification. Deschambeau admits the hospital could not have made this service available on its own. The partnership with Premier Hospitals and Dayton Physicians LLC means local residents can receive treatment close to home. The Center cost approximately $14 million to build, but WHC’s investment totaled $400,000......

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