There have been times in my life when I might have been a little bit too harsh on Bothwell Regional Health Center. It is, after all, one of the top employers in the city and one of the quality institutions that people regularly associate with Sedville.
Plus, it’s where I was born so I guess there’s some fond feelings to be had. I live just a couple of blocks from the building where I was born, so in a strictly geographical sense I haven’t made much progress in my life. The birth must have went well enough, but ever since then my experience with Bothwell has been… mixed.
Loyal readers know that I have severe hemophilia A (I know you celebrated World Hemophilia Day on April 17!) and that sometimes when you have a specialty disease it requires specialty care that you just can’t find everywhere. It’s almost selfish of me to expect any institution that doesn’t have a specific unit for a given affliction to know how to deal with every disease man has ever known at all times. In any case, it has been a while and progress has been made since then.
It’s clear now that the good people at Bothwell have been going above and beyond. You probably read Sedalia Democrat reporter Nicole Cooke’s recent story about a bit of encouraging news from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that ranked Bothwell as the No. 1 hospital in Missouri for “Value-Based Purchasing” as of 2014. We can rest assured that it’s probably been at or near the top ever since.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) regularly releases information comparing the costs of various goods and services in its member nations. In 2010, the average health care cost for each American citizen was $8,233, which was two and a half times more than the OCED average.
There’s that old chestnut that goes “You get what you pay for” so one could argue we’ve got the most expensive health care because we’ve got the best health care. This is true in some respects, but maybe not as true as it should be in others.
So its especially important for residents of the country on the top of the OECD health cost rankings to make sure they are getting sufficient medicinal bang for their hard-earned buck and essentially that’s what organizations like the CMS mean when they refer to “Value-Based Purchasing.” It means Bothwell is providing better care at better prices than any other hospital in Missouri and even most of the hospitals in the country at large — Bothwell was 104th out of 3,041 ranked American hospitals.
The reputation of Sedalia in the minds of people who don’t live there is based on our quality festivals and the quality businesses and institutions that call Sedalia home. Sedalia succeeds by being the top stop for all sorts of different needs for the people who live in smaller communities for miles around. We’ve got excessively quality health care for a city of this size and it’s no wonder they’ve been creating satellite facilities all over Missouri.
So what I’m saying is this: great job, Bothwell! Keep up the great work. Just imagine if John Homer Bothwell could see what’s become of his life’s work — his home is a well-admired state park and his hospital is one of the best in the state and country.
Travis McMullen is a longtime Sedalia resident who shares his views on the city through his weekly Democrat column.