The overall story of the 2018 Annual Report for Lake Regional Health System is one of growth.

The overall story of the 2018 Annual Report for Lake Regional Health System is one of growth.

Covering fiscal year 2018, May 2017 through April 2018, shows the Lake area’s main health care provider growing in employees and payroll as it opened several new locations.

LRHS Chief Executive Officer Dane W. Henry called the year an exciting time of growth, according to a press release from the medical group.

Accomplishments included the opening of several new locations, including Lake Regional Pharmacy – Eldon, Lake Regional Occupational Medicine – Lebanon, Lake Regional Diagnostic and Surgery Center, and Lake Regional Orthopedics – Camdenton. A whole new level of care also opened at Lake Regional Clinic – Eldon, with the completion of a 20,000-square-foot expansion that increased specialist outreach. Other highlights include national recognition for the stroke program, renewed certifications for Lake Regional Cancer Center and Lake Regional Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and a national honor for the Wound Healing Center.

According to the report, Lake Regional contributed more than $21.4 million to the community, including uncompensated care and free medical services. The total also includes nearly $5 million for the unpaid cost of treating Medicare patients.

With more than 1,100 employees, Lake Regional Health System is one of the area’s largest employers. During FY 2018, LRHS payroll totaled more than $78 million, and the system paid more than $4.9 million in payroll and unemployment taxes and real estate taxes. Lake Regional Hospital Auxiliary also works to support the health sy

stem’s mission to provide exceptional health care. The group of 243 individuals volunteered a total of 52,067 hours and raised $83,000 to help remodel Lake Regional Outpatient Services during FY 2018. The Auxiliary also awarded $10,000 in scholarships to employees pursuing nursing careers.

The annual report is available online at www.lakeregional.com/reports. Copies of the report will be mailed to area residents with the hospital’s fall issue of Thrive magazine. Additional copies are available at Lake Regional clinics in Camdenton, Eldon, Iberia, Lake Ozark, Laurie, Lebanon, Osage Beach and Macks Creek.

Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to residents and visitors throughout the mid-Missouri region. The hospital is a Level II Stroke Center, Level II STEMI (heart attack) Center and Level III Trauma Center. Lake Regional also provides a wide range of specialists, including for cancer care, heart care, orthopedics and women’s health. Plus, Lake Regional operates primary care clinics, Express Care clinics, rehab therapy clinics, programs for home health and hospice, and retail pharmacies.

To learn more, visit www.lakeregional.com.