Over the past year, Trinity Hospital Twin City (THTC) of 819 North First Street in Dennison expanded its health services offerings in the Newcomerstown area, added two new medical providers to its hospital-owned Trinity Medical Group, earned National recognition awards, and began a new grant-funded program to assist patients who have chronic diseases.

Trinity Hospital Twin City increased its ability to care for Newcomerstown area residents by adding a day of walk-in lab testing and one nurse practitioner to its Newcomerstown Trinity Medical Group (TMG) office located at 232 Cross Street. To make it easier for those who live and work in the Newcomerstown area to obtain access to lab testing, the Newcomerstown TMG office hosts walk-in (no appointment needed) lab testing between 9 am and 2 pm every Thursday. To receive a lab test, those who have a doctor or medical provider's order can simply bring the order and walk-in to have their blood tests. Most insurances are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. The certified lab testing services are provided by Trinity Hospital Twin City's experienced laboratory services staff. Most insurances are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. Lab test results are provided to each patient's medical provider.

To meet the need for greater availability of medical providers in the Newcomerstown area, Sarah Smith, MSN, CNP, is a new provider for Trinity Medical Group who is working with Dr. Stuart Brown at the 232 Cross Street office. Smith is a nurse practitioner specializing in family medicine. Trinity Medical Group also recently added Dr. Robin. D. Kollman, MD, FAAP, to its Dover offices located at 340 Oxford Street, Suite 220. Dr. Kollman is a board certified family doctor. For more information about these new providers or about TMG, call (740) 922-0000, or click on "Find a Doctor" at the hospital's website at www.trinitytwincity.org.

In addition to the new Trinity Medical Group providers and new walk-in lab testing site at Newcomerstown, Trinity Hospital Twin City was also fortunate to be recognized with three national awards in the past year. In August of 2016, the hospital earned an Excellence in Patient Care Award from the Studer Group for exemplary results related to discharge information as measured by the HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey. To receive this award Trinity Hospital Twin City achieved a ranking at or above the 90th percentile for patients discharged in 2015. The accomplishment reflected the hard work of the nurses and social workers who go above and beyond to ensure that patients receive the discharge care they need, so they will continue to recover well after returning home from a hospital stay.

In November of 2016, the hospital received two awards by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Patient Outcomes and Patient Satisfaction, reflecting top 25% performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation. The rankings have been designated by the Hospital Strength INDEX, the industry's most comprehensive and objective assessment of hospital performance.

"We feel blessed and truly grateful to receive recognition, which is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of our employees. Moreover, we are grateful to the patients and our community supporters who make our success possible by choosing us as their partner in health," shared Joe Mitchell, hospital President.

The hospital also received funding to begin offering a new service in the past year. In July 2016, Trinity Hospital Twin City was awarded a new quality improvement grant from the U.S. Dept of Health of Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration Office of Rural Health Policy for $522,324 across three years (August 1, 2016 July 31, 2019) to develop a chronic disease management (CDM) program to improve the overall health and quality of life for area residents who have two or more chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and etc.

"Trinity Hospital Twin City will continue to strive to position ourselves for continued success within the changing healthcare environment," explained Mitchell. "With new leadership in our Nation's Capital, we are sure the changing healthcare system will present both challenges and opportunities. Through it all, we remain committed to providing quality healthcare services for the people of our area."

Trinity Hospital Twin City is located within a twenty minute drive of Newcomerstown, and because Trinity is a Catholic hospital, care is patient-focused and based on Christian values that concentrate on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of health. Reverence, integrity, compassion, and excellence guide the decisions and the relationships the staff have with patients and their families.

At Trinity Hospital Twin City, patients can expect more personal attention and an experience that larger health care facilities may find difficult to provide. More than 240 healthcare professionals make the hospital accessible to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in emergencies as well as for the routine care residents of the community expect.

Local residents who travel to doctors outside of the area can choose to receive most of their healthcare tests at Trinity Hospital Twin City since all test results can be digitally transferred quickly to other medical offices. The hospital offers a variety of medical services that include cardiopulmonary, laboratory, sleep lab, and therapy services. Imaging services are available as well as a swing bed skilled rehabilitation program and more.

Physician specialists in cardiology, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), pediatric cardiology, pulmonology (lung), surgery, podiatry, wound care and others are available when patients need specialized attention.

For more information about Trinity Hospital Twin City, visit www.trinitytwincity.org or call (740) 922-2800.