Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope recognized both its employees and itself in a Tuesday afternoon ceremony, mostly attended by hospital employees, which marked five years since Wadley's takeover of the then-struggling hospital.
Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope recognized both its employees and itself in a Tuesday afternoon ceremony, mostly attended by hospital employees, which marked five years since Wadley’s takeover of the then-struggling hospital.
Employees, many of whom have been with Wadley over the period, were also honored; many of the same employees have tenures at the medical institution that predate Wadley’s ownership.
Thomas Gilbert, Wadley Hope CEO, started the ceremony a speech, saying “If you remember those dark days, life was not too good back then. I think that is a testament to the will and to the caliber and quality of employees at this institution.”
“A lot of you that were here then are still here now. There were employees who didn’t get paid for a good two or three months, as I recall. Employees who were literally buying supplies themselves to bring up here to care for the patients. It has been an extraordinary effort to get us were we are today,” Gilbert said.
“As we look back on it, we’ve come a long way over five years. We have spent millions of dollars in renovations: lab, X-Ray, CT inside, new beds, more cosmetic renovations and a lot of stuff you really can see; stuff in the ceiling and above the roof. We are on the road to recovery here, and I am very proud of that,” he said.
“We still got more steps to take, and I am confident that we can do that. I am very proud to be associated with such fine, wonderful employees and people, who are here today. You should congratulate yourselves. You are what this hospital does, which is care for the residents of this community,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert recognized various department heads with five or more years service with certificates, and then the department heads recognized their respective employees during the 45 minute ceremony.
Afterwards Gilbert said, “We are bringing in new equipment and services, and we continue building for the future healthcare needs of this area.”
Gilbert also said, “The employees here today are the active ingredient of the patient care here in Hope, Arkansas. They are the caregivers, the care providers, whether they come from Environmental Services or Engineering or the actual Nurses that deliver care. Without them, the hospital wouldn’t exist. It would just be a building of brick and mortar.”
Gilbert said Wadley employs 125 persons, which he said 81 or so had been with Wadley through the duration of five years of Wadley’s ownership or longer. Gilbert, himself, has been with the hospital eight-and-a-half years, and he was instrumental Wadley’s acquisition of the Hope facility.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the 50 or so employees on hand exchanged greetings, took their own pictures and selfies, and enjoyed cake and punch.