Barnes Kasson Set to Welcome Dr. Kirk Hinkley to the Medical Staff
- Published: August 14, 2019
Barnes Kasson Hospital and the Family Health Clinics of BKH are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Kirk S. Hinkley IV, to the medical staff.
According to Executive VP/Clinical Operations Director David Passetti, Dr. Hinkley will be assuming roles in the Emergency Department, the Family Health Clinic’s Walk-In Clinic, and he will be the lead physician in the new Hallstead Clinic, which will be opening for business on September 10th.
Passetti said, “I’m very excited to get Dr. Hinkley aboard at BK. We’ve been working on this endeavor for a few months now and we’re so pleased to see it come to fruition. Dr. Hinkley brings a lot to the table. Not only will we benefit from his vast Emergency Medicine background, but having a local man be the local physician, in a brand new local clinic, is promising for the local area. Dr. Hinkley will join fellow Blue Ridge High School alumnus Dr. Patrick MacConnell, DPM in Hallstead, as we look forward to giving the residents of the Great Bend-Hallstead area another option for pursuing their healthcare.”
News Release: Innovative Pilot Aims to Boost Rural Community Health
- Published: March 5, 2019
Members of the hospital community joined Wolf Administration leaders today to announce a new pilot program designed to improve rural community health and provide financial stability for rural hospitals.
The Rural Health Model is a global budget payment model in which hospitals are provided a fixed amount of funding for a fixed period of time to improve the health of Pennsylvania’s rural communities, rather than a model that reimburses hospitals for individual services or cases. The program is a partnership between Pennsylvania’s rural hospital community, the state Department of Health, and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.
The pilot formally began January 1, 2019, with five rural hospitals participating in the first year of the program. The first-year pilot hospital participants are:
◾Endless Mountains Health Systems
◾Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital
◾Wayne Memorial Hospital
Barnes-Kasson Receives New Ambulance
- Published: November 14, 2017
Barnes-Kasson Hospital took delivery of a new ambulance on November 7th. The new unit will be placed in service within the next few weeks, after communication system installation and inspection are completed.
The new unit will replace an older, high mileage ambulance that is ready to be retired from service. The new ambulance was purchased from J&J Emergency Vehicle Sales, Moscow, PA, and is a 2017 Ford T-250, McCoy Miller Type II. The unit has a gasoline engine, as opposed to diesel, which makes it more economical to run and maintain.
The ambulance has a Ferno-Washington 35X PROFlexx patient cot that has a low center of gravity making it less likely to flip or tip during transfers and transport. The cot, which has a load limit of 750 pounds, has a locking system that will protect the patient and the crew during transports.
The ambulance cost a total of $79,000 and was funded in part by a community fund drive that raised $14,771 to date. Barnes-Kasson would like to thank all community members who donated to our fund drive to make the purchase of this new ambulance a reality. Future annual fund drives will be used to maintain Barnes-Kasson's Emergency Medical Service fleet for service to the community.