Monroe County Hospital CEO: If not for Navicent partnership, hospital would struggle
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Monroe County Hospital’s CEO says if not for a partnership with Navicent Health, the hospital would struggle to stay open.
She and other leaders says the Wednesday’s agreement for Navicent to manage the hospital will help provide additional services to patients and maintain a vital facility in the area.
Despite Friday’s gloomy day, CEO Kay Floyd is seeing a bright area.
“We’re very excited about the possibilities that it has for our hospital’s future,” she said with excitement. “We do general surgery and pediatric surgery, however the more acute cases that need care that we can’t provide here typically are going to be transferred into Macon.”
The hospital is partnering with Navicentn Health — a lifeline to a struggling, but necessary medical facility for the region.
“Potentially as a patient of Monroe County Hospital, you would have access to more care than maybe we can offer currently,” Tony Ussery, the chairman for the Hospital Authority of Monroe County, said.
After years of barely breaking even, the partnership will allow Navicent experts to oversee the day-to-day flow of the hospital, assessing what, if anything, can be done better.
“We’re not duplicating. We’re delivering cost effective care for the community,” Rhonda Perry, Navicent’s Chief Financial Officer, said.
For nearly 50 years, Monroe County Hospital has served as the only facility for its surrounding counties.
“Monroe County Hospital is a critical access hospital,” Floyd said referring to the facility’s state designation.
If patients couldn’t access Monroe, they’d have to travel for miles to get to the nearest hospital.
“To be a stand alone, community-based hospital like we have been now for over 50 years, it’s becoming more and more difficult and challenging every single day,” Floyd said.
She adds until Navicent makes its recommendations and assessments, nothing will change for patients — no change in care, no change in coverage, no change prices.
It’s a burden Floyd says she hopes lessens and leaders want to help make better for residents in the area.
“If you come here and need a higher level of service than it’s seamless flow and the patient can really be integrated into the system,” Perry said.
Monroe County Hospital will have a financial obligation to the hospital begins — that number hasn’t been released.
The assessment of operations and services should take between three and four months with experts beginning in a few weeks.
According to a news release, the move is subject to the Attorney General’s approval and the two hospitals finalizing and executing a “joint venture related to outpatient imaging” in Forsyth.
Monroe County commissioners approved a resolution to allow the partnership in August 2015.