Southwoods Opens New Facilities, Adds 100 Jobs

BOARDMAN, Ohio — Southwoods Health last year opened the $10 million Southwoods Pain & Spine Center at its Boardman campus, an expansion that brought with it 100 new jobs. The hiring put Southwoods’ total employment past 1,000.

The company also opened Southwoods Express Care, offering treatment for illnesses and ailments such as colds, the flu, sprains and minor injuries.

Entering 2020, the company’s top challenge is keeping pace with demand, says Southwoods chief operating officer Steve Davenport, which will be tackled by adding more sites throughout the area. Southwoods is also increasing the number of physicians in its network so that primary care, internal medicine and specialists can effectively coordinate care.

“As Southwoods approaches the point where it provides care for 400,000 patient encounters per year, finding caring and compassionate individuals to carry on the Southwoods standard of care remains the most important priority,” Davenport says.

Beyond the addition of new services and staff, Southwoods Health made investments in technology, including the use of advanced radiology equipment at Southwoods Imaging and robot-assisted surgery at The Surgical Hospital at Southwoods.

“Although Southwoods has dedicated millions of dollars to ensure that technology remains current, care and compassion stay at the forefront of its mission since these are viewed as the key points of difference when patients choose their health-care provider,” Davenport says.

Southwoods uses real-time quality data to maintain its five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, he notes.

In 2019, The Surgical Hospital at Southwoods received the Pinnacle of Excellence and Guardian of Excellence in Patient Experience awards from Press Ganey Associates, the only hospital in Ohio to win both awards.

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