Monroe County Hospital identifying Navicent Health’s role in daily operations
The partnership is a way for Monroe County Hospital to avoid closing. CEO Kay Floyd admits health care reform has been a challenge for the hospital.
“Several of our small hospitals in Georgia have already succumbed to financial distress, but we began to look and get out in front of that challenge with the help of our board probably about three years ago,” explained Floyd.
The two hospitals will finalize their management services agreement to define Navicent Health’s role.
“I would expect there to be some reserved powers that the authority would have final say over. Things such as starting new service lines, closing current service lines, but all in all, we would want to and give great difference to their expertise in managing a hospital,” said Tony Ussery, the Chairman of the Monroe County Hospital Authority Board.
The two hospitals are still involved in a lawsuit over the need for two x-ray services in the county. Monroe Hospital already offers one, but Navicent Health wants to offer another. Monroe County Hospital wants the court system to determine if a certificate of needs study is needed. Under Georgia Law, the certificate of needs would determine if there is a need for two x-ray services in the county. Monroe Hospital appealed to the Superior Court of Monroe County after the Department of Community Health ruled in favor of Navicent Health in the fall of 2014.