MOUNT VERNON — Some people thrive in small towns, others crave big-city life. Doctors are no exception, and Mount Vernon’s rural environs can be a selling point or a disadvantage when Knox Community Hospital recruits doctors. Especially during a time of shortage, KCH competes for the best available hands. But first, it has to pick its fights.
“A community hospital can’t be all things,” CEO Bruce White says. “We use our scarce resources to the best benefit of the community by setting priorities. Like the movie line ‘A good man always knows his limitations,’ we need to know not only what we can do, but what we can do well.”
One area in which KCH has systematically expanded is cardiac care. Its heart catherization lab opened in 2000. Soon after, the cardiac unit was upgraded, and then a second cath lab was added. Today, KCH also provides cardiac intervention.
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