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Press release provided by Lynn County Healthcare System
Special to The Post Dispatch
Lynn County Hospital, a regional leader in rural healthcare delivery, has announced a rebrand as Lynn County Healthcare System.
“In January 1971, the hospital opened our doors, and a rich history of service began,” Dr. Melanie Richburg, chief executive officer, said. “We believe rebranding as Lynn County Healthcare System positions us well for the next chapter of this organization’s commitment to providing comprehensive healthcare services.”
In addition to the rebrand, Dr. Richburg explained Lynn County Healthcare System is beginning a comprehensive renovation this year. Updates include new hospital rooms, new wheelchair accessible bathrooms in each room and a dedicated wing with independent ventilation systems, as well as the construction of a long-term care nursing facility on the hospital’s campus.
Richburg projects the renovations and addition of the nursing home will cost $20 million dollars. Funding for the project is being sought through USDA loan. Richburg states the loan application process will take about nine months for approval and says the hospital is seeking a fixed rate of 2.1 percent.
“We are excited to expand on our commitment of offering ‘healthcare closer to home,’” Richburg said. “Our expansion, the addition of a nursing home and the strength of Lynnwood Independent and Assisted Living Center will position Lynn County Healthcare System as a continued leader for the next 50 years and beyond.”
Lynn County Healthcare System is operated by the Lynn County Hospital District, which is governed by a seven-member elected board of directors. Current members include W. Calloway Huffaker, president; Sharon Isham; Dr. Ed Smith; Manuel DeLeon; Mary Gayle Raindl; Jana Bishop and Connie Donald.