By Heidi Taylor, President, Morton Hospital
As we celebrate the beginning of a New Year, it’s a perfect time to share some of Morton Hospital’s key achievements from 2019, as well as important investments we are making to expand and improve community health and wellness services in the year to come.
Our top priority is always to provide the highest quality care for the greater Taunton community. In 2019, Morton Hospital received the coveted Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation, a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
And while we continue to maintain quality, we are also committed to increasing access to the health and wellness services our community needs most.
In 2019, we welcomed three new multilingual primary care physicians, as well as specialists in the areas of psychiatry, orthopedic surgery and podiatric surgery. All have expert training from leading academic programs.
We opened a new Ambulatory Services Center, launched an Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, and enhanced our breast care program with the addition of new breast nurse navigators.
In the coming year, we are eager to grow our weight loss surgery and psychiatry programs, as well as women’s imaging and health services, to ensure our residents have access to more specialized care right here in our community.
Lastly, we will continue to strengthen our community presence and support. As one of three lifelong Taunton residents on our hospital leadership team (along with our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Charlie Thayer, and our Director of Patient Experience, Mary Pat Tranter), it’s an honor to care for and give back to this wonderful community we’ve always called home.
Over the past year, we provided more than $50,000 in donations and sponsorships to organizations like The Woman at the Well, Associates for Human Services, Our Daily Bread Meal and Resource Center, and Support the Soupman, among many others.
We also invested in local youth through internship and career exploration programs in partnership with Taunton Area School to Career and local high schools, a co-op program with Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School, and CNA and new nurse graduate training programs to help pave a path to employment in health care.
As 2020 begins, we’re excited to maintain our commitment to our community through continued growth and investments, and to provide the best care possible to the patients we so proudly serve.
From our family to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy 2020 and thank you for supporting your community hospital.