Ashtabula County Medical Center | ACMC Pulse | Summer 2023

process. The new patient care tower provides Ashtabula County residents with better opportunities to stay in the county for these services. An eye to the future Our new surgical suites will allow us to upgrade technology as it changes in the future. They also mean expanded capacity so surgeries can be scheduled sooner. The new surgical waiting area will be a spacious, comfortable area with a private area for surgeons to speak with families. Anyone who has spent time in an ICU knows that patients need closely monitored care and rest. Because we are focused on keeping patients local, we have outgrown our current ICU space. The new facility will give us private ICU rooms, while allowing us to continue the high level of care each patient needs. Like all patient rooms in the new tower, the ICU rooms were designed around the workflow needed by caregivers, which—along with new technology—will allow them to spend more time at the patient’s bedside. ACMC’s ED sees approximately 30,000 patients each year— many of them brought to us by emergency medical services squads. The 24 new ED patient rooms mean we can reduce wait times and begin treatment faster. The rooms will provide more privacy for patients and families. There will also be a new, comfortable waiting area for patients’ families and friends. As excited as we are about the new building, it is what is on the inside that is important. It will have the space to grow. It will have the technology. But our focus is on the care we provide inside those walls. We are a destination of care. Our patients see the care we provide and come back. ACMC has a 119-year history of healthcare in Ashtabula County. We are grateful for the support our communities have given us throughout that history, and we promise to continue improving the services we provide with an eye to the next hundred years to come. A warm welcome back In April, Leonard Stepp, Jr., who had served as interim president of the ACMC Healthcare System since Dec. 12, was named the healthcare system’s new president and chief executive officer. Stepp was a member of the executive team at ACMC from 2011 to 2019, having served initially as Vice President of The Ashtabula Clinic, the hospital’s multispecialty group provider practice. While at ACMC, he was named Vice President of Health System Advancement and then Senior Vice President of Administration. He brings 23 years of healthcare operations, leadership, business development and strategic planning to ACMC Healthcare System. Stepp has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration. Leonard Stepp, Jr. Patient rooms facing east and northeast will have a view of the Ashtabula River. ACMC Pulse • 3