Severe financial losses at Habersham Medical Center have prompted administrators to scale back operations at the Demorest facility. Hospital staff informed Now Habersham earlier this week administrators had ordered a 15% across-the-board cut. While hospital administrators did not confirm that figure, they did announce this evening a series of measures they are taking to shore up the hospital’s finances ahead of a planned takeover by Gainesville-based Northeast Georgia Health System.
In a press release issued Thursday, Habersham Medical Center’s Vice President of Culture and Wellness Kesha Clinkscale says the hospital is making “strategic decisions” to help ensure critical hospital operations will continue uninterrupted until the Hospital Authority of Hall County and the City of Gainesville, and later, Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS), assumes ownership of HMC on July 1.
Below is a list of the operational adjustments HMC announced:
HMC will continue to support employee wellness in other ways including:
“While decisions to adjust operations are never easy, imperative steps are being taken now to improve the hospital’s financial situation,” says Habersham County Hospital Authority Chair Dolly Ritchie.
“These moves target areas that currently serve few patients and are expected to reduce potential financial losses by up to $1 million over the next five months – which in turn helps ensure the hospital will stay open until July 1 and won’t use funds committed by the County Commission unless they are absolutely necessary,” says Ritchie.
Habersham Medical Center President and CEO Tyler Williams says the hospital is releasing any contracted labor involved with the discontinued services. He adds, “we are working with employees in each of the impacted areas to redeploy them to other areas within the hospital or potentially transfer to positions within NGHS.”
“Great care is being taken to retain all willing and qualified staff members and ensure processes are put in place to ensure appropriate transfers for patients who may need these services in the future,” Williams says.
HMC and NGHS agreed last month to enter into a Management Services Agreement until July 1, 2023. Under this agreement, NGHS management provides day-to-day oversight and review of critical functions and services – as well as financial services and information technology (IT) services support – with regular updates to the Habersham Hospital Authority and Habersham County representatives.
“We applaud HMC leadership for making these difficult operational decisions, and we look forward to reassessing how some of the services may resume at a later date,” says John Kueven, who is president of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville and has oversight of NGHS’ other hospitals in Lumpkin and Barrow counties. “We will continue to work together to ensure healthier tomorrows for the people of Habersham County.”
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