SEYMOUR (KFDX/KJTL) — It’s come full circle for Seymour Hospital family physician Dr. Adam Hertel.
“I was actually born in this hospital in Seymour, I grew up here, I loved the community, I always had aspirations to come back and serve it as a doctor,” Hertel said.
He did so, taking his wife and three daughters with him. He said it is a place where he is proud to work.
“Seymour is full of really nice people,” Hertel said. “You come here, you’re greeted with a smile, you’re taken care of, people have a vested interest in making sure everyone in town is taken care of and they know they’re taken care of. and that they know their family can come in and feel that support too.
Physicians in small towns generally see their patients more often than those in large cities.
“The good thing about working in a small town, especially Seymour, is that you can interact with patients on all facets of their health care, so you can see them in the clinic, if you admit them. at the hospital, you’re their primary care doctor there, you cover emergencies, so you follow patients through life,” Hertel said.
The hospital has seen recent upgrades, according to Hertel, which are game-changing for the many services offered.
“We deliver babies here and have recently renovated these rooms to make them more comfortable,” Hertel said. “We offer other things: we have colonoscopies, EGDs here, in addition to all types of routine medical care, acute care, hospital – that kind of stuff.”
Rural hospitals can still offer the same treatments and equipment that would be available in larger cities.
“We have inpatient rehab, we have our own in-house lab where we do all the lab work here, a radiology department not only has x-rays and CT scans, we also have weekend MRI capabilities. end and ultrasound capabilities, so we really try to make it practical with high-quality care,” Hertel said.
Seymour Hospital also has specialists who come to town once a month and a general surgeon who practices there once a week.
The hospital faced a real test when a Greyhound bus wrecked at the Mabelle intersection, sending many people to Seymour for emergency care.
“I was the one on call, and it’s usually just one doctor on call, but everyone in the community who had a background in health care came in and helped,” Hertel said. “Doctors came and triaged patients, nurses came from home health, city home health agencies, clinic, hospital – everyone came, worked together, even people who moved into more administrative wards roles came in and helped with paperwork and patient care needs if they had healthcare experience, and yes, we all kind of came together .
The healthcare community was working as a team in a small town hospital with high expectations.
“In general, we try to have employees who live in the community we serve – the people who have a vested interest here and who will really work to serve the community, not just in the health care sense, but everywhere. in the community, whether it’s on a school board or volunteering around town, at church, that sort of thing,” Hertel said.
Seymour Hospital is a community hospital serving as a one-stop-shop for your health care needs.
Physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy are offered at the fitness center. In addition to this, there is cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation. The Randall Wellness Center also offers counseling for people 55 and older.