Friday 12th August 2022

Logansport Memorial continues growth despite pandemic


Despite still being in the thralls of a pandemic, Logansport Memorial Hospital continued its growth throughout 2021.

After two and a half years of work, LMH opened its Family Birth Center in early April.

The birth center was part of the hospital’s “Building for Generations” capital campaign, which raised a total of $1.3 million for two significant facility improvements at the hospital.

Despite being completed in April, the new center ushered in the first baby of 2021 after the hospital received special permission from the state to use it while construction continued.

LMH estimated it’ll serve 500 families a year in eight private all-in-one birthing suites, which are referred to as LDRPs (labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum).

“The completion of this multi-phase project is so important to note and to celebrate, especially in this challenging time of dealing with COVID-19,” Perry Gay, Logansport Memorial Hospital president and CEO, said at the time of opening. “Healthy families make healthy communities.”

The hospital allocated $3 million for the project, made possible in large part by support from the community.

In July, the birth center was designated as a Level II Obstetrical and Neonatal Special Care Nursery. The designation allows the hospital to deliver and care for infants at 32 weeks or more of gestation who weigh more than or equal to about 3.3 pounds.

According to the hospital, receiving this designation requires the hospital to meet a range of standards above the quality of care typically provided. It’s also the only Level II Special Care Nursery in Cass, Fulton, Miami, Carroll and White counties.

In late April, Logansport Memorial Hospital added the Genius 3D Mammography Exam. Though it isn’t the first 3D machine, it’s the newest and highest resolution one as part of its Breast Care Center.

The hospital also added a stereotactic Brevera Breast Biopsy System from Hologic Inc. The biopsy system is the only one in Cass and surrounding counties and allows patients to not have to be referred to other places for a biopsy.

It also makes the hospital one of the few in the state to offer advanced technology for biopsies.

Greg Descoteaux, director of medical imaging, said the 3D mammography machine will allow hospital staff to see smaller lesions (tissue damage) sooner on the sub-millimeter level, as well as see them more clearly.

It’s easier to use, the patients will have to move less and the machine is quicker at pulling information up.

The hospital also saw the addition of a general surgeon after Dr. Todd Weinstein was promoted to chief medical officer of the hospital. Dr. Michael Thorpe was hired and began in August to fill the gap.

Neurologist Cheng Du MD, Ph.D., also joined the Logansport Memorial Physician Network.

Du is board-certified in neurology, neuromuscular medicine, headache medicine and neurosonology, and he is fellowship-trained in neurophysiology, EEG, EMG and neuromuscular disorder.

The efforts to grow and improve upon its care is perhaps why the hospital was once again named among the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals for 2021.

It has received the designation for five of the past six years. This year, it was one of only five Indiana hospitals listed.

“We are extremely proud to once again receive this award and prestigious recognition,” said Gay, the hospital’s president and CEO, when the news was announced in March.

“As a local, independent hospital serving counties across north central Indiana, we face unique challenges in providing care to the rural communities we serve. Our patients face barriers to receiving care that larger suburban and urban communities don’t always have to consider or overcome.”


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