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Watson Provides First Impressions of SCKMC

January 16, 2015

Virgil Watson has been the Chief Executive Officer at South Central Kansas Medical Center for less than two weeks. That has been more than enough time for him to collect his initial impressions of the quality of work performed by staff, the condition of the facility, and the general operation as it relates to the community.

Arkansas City, KS - Virgil Watson has been the Chief Executive Officer at South Central Kansas Medical Center for less than two weeks. That has been more than enough time for him to collect his initial impressions of the quality of work performed by staff, the condition of the facility, and the general operation as it relates to the community.

"We have some huge mountains to climb, but I think we will succeed if everybody works together. It will take the community, physicians, employees, management, the City, everybody to make sure this hospital starts to thrive and grow, not just maintain the status quo. We want to be the top medical provider in our area. That should be our goal," Watson said.

Watson's first impression came to him within seconds of entering the front lobby of the hospital.

"We have the most outstanding first four feet of any facility in this area. It really gives a good first impression of what we are trying to provide here, and the quality and excellence that we are striving for here at South Central Kansas Medical Center," Watson said. "If we can maintain that area, keep it looking good, and make a good first impression on people, I think that's a good start for anybody that comes in to receive service at our hospital."

However, Watson knows that it takes more than a nice entry to the facility in order to be successful. He believes one of the critical keys to achieving his goals is to offer as many healthcare services locally as possible.

"We have all the services of any major hospital, and we have those here. If we don't have them, we can have outpatient clinics with specialists who will come in and help us to provide those services. That should be our goal, to keep everyone that we possibly can here in Arkansas City and deliver those services to them," Watson said.

The final ingredient for Watson's recipe for success is to employ a dedicated, caring staff for all positions, and to treat them fairly.

"I think we ought to try to do everything humanly possible to make our employees have the best working environment possible. To enjoy working here, not hate to come to work every day, that's what I strive for," Watson said. "I've been in and out of the hospital for thirty-years, over that time I have made a lot of relationships. I'm available to (the staff), and I will do my best to make sure I am told about issues and any problems that we are facing. I want to try and provide all of the tools that I can to help us get our jobs done with a limited amount of frustration."

As Watson implements his plans, the intent is to produce results quickly. Although, he recognizes that great things are earned through an accumulation of many smaller accomplishments.

"I'm a grassroots guy. That's my philosophy on how I manage. I don't like to give interviews and speeches; I would rather be out running the burnisher on the floor. I believe if we all do one additional thing every day to try to improve the facility, it will just continue to get better and better each day," Watson said.