Dear patients, neighbors and valued partners:
Welcome to the new Alomere Health where our passion and purpose is to strengthen and nurture the health and wellbeing of our family, friends, neighbors and communities—through every season of life!
This is a big day in the story of our hospital, our clinics and our community and I could not be more thrilled to finally announce our much-anticipated new name. Although our name has changed, we are still the same team of health care professionals you have trusted for years. Our new name is simply an evolution of a beloved brand in our community, brought forth by the next generation of passionate stewards of locally owned healthcare.
Our new name better describes our passion and purpose, not just our ownership or county.
The name Alomere is a combination of the Latin "alo"—meaning to nurture or strengthen—and the Old English word "mere", or lake. These two concepts honor our passion and purpose along with our heritage and location. Alomere Health is a name that feels both soothing and strong, one that honors our specific culture and community. It's also a name that better embraces the wide range of people who receive care here—from distances far beyond Douglas County, thanks to our strong reputation for quality health care.
Our new name creates new opportunities.
When Douglas County Hospital, Alexandria Clinic and Heartland Orthopedics merged, not very many years ago, it opened the doors to new and exciting opportunities. Since then, we've worked together to redefine health care for our community—because we share a vision to maintain locally owned care and integrated relationships as health care providers. Alomere Health is a name that has never been defined, so we can make it truly our own—opening doors to more new and exciting opportunities, as we continue to expand programs and services to patients throughout our region. Alomere Health is a name we can be proud to call our own—something completely unique to us. It's a name that can take us well into the future.
The process of deciding to change our name, and then deciding what that name would be, was a very important, thoughtful and inclusive process involving both internal and external stakeholders. You—our patients, employees, supporters and friends—have always been at the top of our mind throughout the entire process. The principles guiding us every step of the way have been our mission and vision. These have not changed. We will still be county owned, anchored by the same team of health care professionals you have trusted for years.
I'm incredibly proud of our providers and staff and the journey we're on. I'm excited about where we're headed, and I'm confident that, as Alomere Health, we'll continue the great legacy of care that you have come to know and expect.
Thank you for trusting us with your healthcare needs. We look forward to many more years of serving you!
Carl Vaagenes, CEO