West Tennessee Hospital to Add New Geriatrics Wing
HUNTINGDON, Tenn. — Susan Breeden will soon oversee more patients and staff as CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon, because they’re adding a new geriatrics wing. “It will be dementia patients, Alzheimer’s, elderly patients that are having depression issues,” Breeden said. Breeden says the hospital first had to prove to the state there’s a need in Carroll County for this kind of care. More than 20 West Tennesseans wrote letters in support. “Those letters came from patients’ families, they came from physicians,” Breeden said. Breeden says after two years, the state approved a certificate of need. Along with renovating a wing of the hospital, 12 new employees will be hired. “It’ll be registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, a master’s level social worker,” Breeden said. According to Breeden, baby boomers make up almost 19-percent of Carroll County’s population; that’s above the state average of 14 percent. Dale Kelly, the Mayor of Huntingdon, was among those who wrote a letter of support. “New business, new industry coming to our community, certainly health services is a big item for those people that are looking for any given community,” Kelly said. The new unit will be paid for by the hospital’s owner. Carroll County resident Richard Sumpter says additional service is good news all around. “I think it’s a very good idea,” Sumpter said. “Anything that helps people in this county with their health is tremendous.” Breeden says the hospital’s Siegel Wing will become the geriatrics unit. The hospital expects the unit to open October 1.