Medical Center Moment - February 2017
We are entering the season of weather unpredictability. Will March come in like a lamb and out like a lion, or vice versa? With the unseasonable weather February has brought us, I think we should be ready for just about anything.
At the medical center, we continue to position ourselves for the many unpredictable forecasts with healthcare, both on national and state levels. The current state discussions about eliminating Iowa’s Certificate of Need (CON) program, a law that has been in effect for 40 years, is a big concern right now. This would be a blow to rural hospitals, like ours, who have worked diligently to provide quality, safe care to their community members, putting care before profit. Eliminating CON paves the way for private for-profit companies to move in and provide only profitable procedures to the exclusion of the less profitable but equally essential services Iowa’s rural hospitals perform. If the financial sustainability of rural hospitals is put in jeopardy by this law change, rural economies will also be impacted. I encourage you to contact our legislatures and governor and speak on behalf of the medical center and the good work we do — keeping patient-centered care above profit.
I was happy to visit with and discuss things like the CON program with those who attended the recent Community Coffee held in Jefferson a week or so ago. Greene County Medical Center takes great pride in being involved in contributing to the well-being of every family throughout the communities we serve. Offering opportunities for community members to join me for coffee is one way we do this — giving a format for quality Q&A on healthcare issues that concern you. Look for us to schedule more of these around the county in 2017.
Partnering with providers and specialists who are committed to providing the best care to every patient, every time, we contribute to the well-being of the communities we serve on a daily basis. We are Always Here, Always Caring.
Thank you for your support and for entrusting us with your care.
Always Here, Always Caring,
Carl Behne, CEO