From Bankruptcy to Regional Health Leader
“They just get it. They ‘get’ local healthcare.”
Larry “Speedy” Bevins, Local Businessman
Logan Regional Medical Center was in trouble. The hospital faced a number of significant challenges and the future looked bleak. By the mid 1990’s the facility had been neglected and the community perception and trust level of the hospital had eroded to an all-time low. Not surprisingly, the hospital entered bankruptcy in 1998.
According to Larry “Speedy” Bevins, general manager of a Logan,West Virginia radio station and a member of the hospital bankruptcy board, “because of all the issues, there was a lack of faith and support for the hospital. The community thought Logan Regional was closing.”
A number of possible options emerged for Logan Regional Medical Center. Says Bevins, “The bankruptcy board explored several solutions, but when we met the team from LifePoint Health, we knew they were the right partner. They just get it. They ‘get’ local healthcare.”
Bevins goes on, “Since day one, LifePoint has been out in the community, finding out what we needed and how we could make the hospital and the community better. It’s the same way today as it was when they first came to town.The hospital CEO, Kevin Fowler, has the same approach. He manages by bringing people together and by being involved in the community. He and the hospital just know what it means to be part of the community.”
LifePoint has invested more than $30 million in Logan Regional. $20 million of that went to expand a woefully undersized ER – one of the busiest in West Virginia. “They’ve also added a new Women’s Health Center,” adds Bevins,“and a business office in the downtown Logan area that has really helped with business development in that part of town.
“Back in 2002, I knew that having LifePoint as part of our community would be a good thing, I just underestimated how good a thing it would turn out to be.”