ZivaMedical to reopen Callaway Community Hospital

Andrea Merritt/Fulton Sun The covered-up sign in front of where Callaway Community Hospital was previously located. ZivaMedical will reopen the location as ZivaMedical Fulton. The company will also reopen the Mexico hospital, renaming it to ZivaMedical Audrain.

Callaway Community Hospital in Fulton is now ZivaMedical Fulton, with plans in the works to reopen the hospital.

ZivaMedical Fulton will contain an emergency department, ambulatory surgery center, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, primary care clinic, and specialty clinics, according to a presentation from ZivaMedical.

The speciality clinics include orthopedics, wound care, pain, spine and more.

Zivamedical is also taking ownership of ZivaMedical Audrain in Mexico.

In addition to the services offered at the Fulton hospital, Audrain will offer an inpatient and outpatient surgery department, and inpatient (including swing bed) services.

The ZivaMedical emergency department at both hospitals will be full-service and open 24 hours. It will be staffed with physicians trained in pediatric and adult medicine.

Examples of illnesses and injuries that can be treated at the emergency department include chest pain, difficulty breathing, pediatrics and trauma, among others.

Ambulatory surgery at ZivaMedical Fulton will be open for outpatient surgery needs, including general surgery, gynecological surgery, orthopedic surgery and pain management surgery.

The surgery department at ZivaMedical Audrain will be for both inpatient and outpatient surgery needs.

An inpatient/swing bed unit will be opened at the Mexico location. This unit will offer care for patients who need hospitalization for several different diagnoses.

Diagnostic imaging at both Mexico and Fulton will offer several different diagnostic radiology services. Some of the services that will be offered include computerized tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), x-ray, ultrasounds and mammographies.

The primary care clinic at both Mexico and Fulton will "help patients, from birth through end of life, with generic medical needs," the presentation states.

Some of the medical needs include school and annual wellness physicals, disease and medication management, acute infection treatment and preventative medicine.

Both hospitals will also have specialty clinics, which will target specific patient needs.

The speciality clinics include cancer treatment, dermatology, orthopedics, pain management, spine care and wound care.

As part of the reopening of the hospital, ZivaMedical has signed letters of intent with operators for various services. It is also currently negotiating for some of the services.

The services are Ziva Behavioral Health, Ziva Wellness and Rehab Center, Ziva Laboratory Services, Ziva Recovery Center, Ziva Wound Care, Ziva Long Term Care and Assisted Living, Ziva Pharmacy, Ziva Cafe (food service and catering) and Ziva Childcare.

The presentation highlights the year one roadmap for ZivaMedical in Callaway and Audrain Counties.

This roadmap outlines goals for the hospitals within the first year, and is split into four larger groups.

One section of the roadmap is "satisfy regulatory and licensure requirements." This includes obtaining a certificate of need and hospital licenses. Applying for critical access status for the Mexico hospital, as well as applying for rural emergency hospital status for the Fulton Hospital, are both included in this category on the roadmap.

Another section of the roadmap is "recruit a hospital staff." This includes developing a staffing plan for professional and support staff, attracting new employees and creating contacts with local professionals.

A section of the roadmap focuses on forming a medical staff that is community focused by using a "mixed-model."

The final section is to "cultivate community." This includes meeting with local leaders, resurrecting hospital auxiliary and hospital foundation, fostering local relationships and finding ways the hospitals can give back.

The chief executive officer of ZivaMedical is Amanda Shurtz. She began her career as a registered nurse in rural Illinois, where she cared for patients and served in nurse leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs, among other healthcare organizations.

She has held several previous positions in healthcare leadership. She served as Regional CEO, and opened four micro-hospitals in both Wisconsin and Tennessee, according to the presentation.

She also served as CEO at Crossroads Community Hospital in rural Illinois, and CEO at Clay County Critical Access Hospital.

ZivaMedical is owned by three people: Kalman Groner, Gary Greenstein and Zevi Reisman.

The presentation states that over $2 million has been invested in the by the three owners towards "engaging medical and technical service providers, building and equipment repair, preventative maintenance, architectural and engineering fees, utility payments, legal fees and other related expenses."