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 By Jessica Ophus    News    February 21, 2024 

The Tea at BSMC

2024 at BSMC is certainly off to a good start! The electric panel has finally been installed at the new clinic building. After waiting for over a month, progress can continue again. Hopefully, it...

 
 By Jessica Ophus    News    January 17, 2024

BSMC conducting a 2024 Community Health Needs Assessment

As a non-profit organization, the IRS requires Big Sandy Medical Center to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years. The CHNA is an opportunity for the members of the community to express their opinions about what is neede...

 
 By Jessica Ophus    News    January 3, 2024

Big Sandy Medical Center looks forward to 2024

2023 brought a lot of progress to the goals at BSMC. The end of the calendar year will not end our production though. 2024 will bring a continued effort to get the new building completed and begin clinic operations there, final set up of the new...

 

Christmas Festivities at BSMC

While there may not be much for snow outside, it sure is beginning to look a lot like Christmas over at BSMC. The trees are trimmed, the halls are decorated and the festivities have started. A whole l...

 
 By Jessica Ophus    News    December 6, 2023

The Tea from BSMC

It’s time for the tea at BSMC. What a busy couple of months down at the Medical Center! Among normal operations in the kitchen, Johnson Controls was in the building last week to finish installing the sprinkler heads in the new dry storage and...

 

BSMC Annual Meeting Tomorrow Nov 30

Tomorrow, November 30th, is the big day! At 5:30 pm, the BSMC Board of Directors, the CEO, and the community with gather at the Senior Center for the 59th Annual Meeting. This meeting is a bit different than the regular monthly Board Meetings. Most...

 

BSMC Board Candidate Interviews

For three weeks you've been hearing about the role of the Board of Directors and the process for the upcoming election. It is finally time to meet the candidates. Each candidate offered a few minutes...

 

Can I vote at the BSMC Annual Meeting?

We're only three weeks away from the Big Sandy Medical Center's Annual Board Meeting. This will be the 59th Annual Meeting to be held for the facility. Big Sandy Medical Center was originally built...

 
 By Jessica Ophus    News    November 8, 2023

What does the Board do for BSMC?

The Annual Board Meeting is slated for November 30, 2023 at 5:30 pm, at the Senior Center. While there is a Board meeting every month, the annual meeting functions a little differently. In this meeting, new members are elected, by-laws and policies...

 
 By Jessica Ophus    News    November 1, 2023

Newly Appointed Board Member at BSMC

In the Spring of 2023, a spot on the Big Sandy Medical Center's Board of Directors became vacant. After careful review of the Board By-laws, the Board learned they must appoint a candidate to that pos...

 

Cold and Flu Season is here

The dreaded cold and flu season is upon us! When someone says they have a cold or the flu, what is actually happening in their body? For most people, the “common cold” is a viral infection of the upper respiratory system. In other words, a...

 

Medical Guild Rummage set for October 5th & 6th

The Medical Guild is gearing up for the 55th annual rummage sale! The sale is the main fundraiser for the Guild every year, proving successful with last years sale topping $10,000. Guild funds are used to help purchase items for the Big Sandy...

 

Environmental Services Week

September 10-16 is Environmental Services Week. While Environmental Services (EVS) may sound like a part of the EPA, it is blanket term used to include a facilities housekeepers, maintenance, and laundry departments. EVS is the unsung hero of any...

 

Harvest Festival sees changes this year

The date has been set for the 2023 Harvest Festival! This is the third annual event hosted by the PCW (Parish Council of Women) from the Catholic Church in Big Sandy. PCW hosts Harvest Festival as the...

 

BSMC Board of Directors Openings

The Big Sandy Medical Center has seen many changes over the last few years. From the transition to a Critical Access Hospital, adding an electronic health record system, the coming and going of providers and staff, remodeling projects, the opening...

 
 By Jessica Ophus    News    August 30, 2023

The Tea at BSMC

As always, the summer months seem to fly by and this year is no different. Harvest is in full swing and our children are already back in school. Soon loud cheers will echo across football fields and volleyball courts. What a great time of the year!...

 
 By Jessica Ophus    News    July 12, 2023

The Tea at BSMC

What’s “The Tea”? It is the 411, the low-down, the news, the happenings... it’s the latest here at Big Sandy Medical Center. People have always been the heart of BSMC, so you are invited to Tea, right here, with all the latest information...

 
 By Jessica Ophus    News    June 28, 2023

Lab Work at a Discount

Everyone looks for ways to save a few bucks, especially when it comes to medical bills. BSMC Laboratory is here to help by now offering Patient Directed Testing (PDT). PDT is a process where you as the patient get to choose which lab tests you’d...

 
 By Jessica Ophus    News    June 21, 2023

CNAs bring heart to BSMC

Essential workers took on a whole new meaning during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. In healthcare though, we’ve always known and recognized that CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants) are essential to the daily operations in any medical...

 
 By Jessica Ophus    News    June 14, 2023

Community Health Improvement Week

In 1962, a plan was devised to build a medical center in the Big Sandy Community. The folks recognized that keeping a doctor around was vital for the town. They knew a sure way to do that was to provide a space for them to work with patients needing...

 
 By Jessica Ophus    News    May 31, 2023

Hands Save Lives

Do you know what to do if your loved ones heart stops? Of course you’d call 911, but what will you do while you wait? If CPR is started within one minute of a person becoming unresponsive, they have a 90% chance of survival. Those are pretty good o...

 
 By Jessica Ophus    News    May 24, 2023

National EMS Week: Where Emergency Care Begins

This week is the 49th Annual National EMS Week. The week was first designated by President Gerald Ford in 1974 with the intention to celebrate all that EMS practitioners do in the community. In Big Sandy, our Emergency Medical Services are provided...

 
 By Jessica Ophus    News    May 17, 2023

The Tea at BSMC

Hats off to Lisa Sipler, and all the staff at BSMC that helped make Hospital Week one for the books. The week kicked off with Neon Day. A day full of colors as bright as the smiles on everyone's...

 
 By Jessica Ophus    News    May 10, 2023

Hospital Week Is Here!

The American Hospital Association designates a theme for Hospital Week every year. This year: We Are Healthcare; caring for patients, strengthening communities. That is certainly true for the community of Big Sandy and its local medical center, but...

 
 By Jessica Ophus    News    May 3, 2023

National Nurse's Week

Florence Nightingale is said to be the “Mother of Nursing” helping to mold the nursing profession into what we know it as today. She was born on May 12th, 1820. Due to her advocacy for hygiene, nursing care, training, and higher standards she...

 

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