2009-06-17 / Health

First Friday Breakfast held

by: Jill Brown

Robin Rau, CEO of Miller County Hospital gives an operational overview of hospital Robin Rau, CEO of Miller County Hospital gives an operational overview of hospital First Friday Breakfast held June 5, 2009, was sponsored by Miller County Hospital and Miller Nursing Home. Robin Rau, CEO, gave a very informational talk to about 50 attendees. Ms. Rau gave an operational overview of the history of the hospital and nursing home including the soon-to-be complete renovations to Miller County Medical Center, making it the sole clinic owned by the hospital. The renovations will allow for the combining of The Doctor's Office of Colquitt with Miller County Medical Center. The renovated building will house Drs. Justice, Reardon and Brand along with Cindy Caldwell, FNP & Lesley Maples, PA.

The audience was reminded of all the services available at the facility. Those services include: Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapy; Endoscopic services, including colorectal cancer screening; minor surgery; twenty-four hour Respiratory & Laboratory Services; CT, Ultrasound, Mammography, Bone Density and X-ray; Mobile MRI & Nuclear Medicine testing; and, outpatient Geriatric Psych services.

Ms. Rau spoke of some of the challenges facing the hospital and nursing home as a result of the age and health of the people of Miller County. Based on statistics provided through the University of Georgia and Georgia Health Policy Center, Miller County is considered to have a poor health status. The hospital, nursing home & clinics are striving to help Miller County residents have access to the latest treatment options at an affordable price.

Ms. Rau reported that Miller County Hospital and Miller Nursing Home is the largest employer in Miller County with 270 FTEs. The Board of Education and Birdsong Peanut are second and third with 207 and 110 FTEs respectively. Because of the budget shortfall expected by June 30 at the state level, the Medicaid program and education expect to be hit the hardest since they comprise the majority of the budget. Hospitals are trying to prepare for this shortfall by cutting expenses in every area possible.

Thankfully, no lay-offs have occurred at the hospital or nursing home. It is our goal to prevent this from happening. It was emphasized that it takes the county and city officials as partners with the facility to ensure that the county continues to thrive in spite of the dire news coming down from the state. Ms. Rau invited Alec Steele, Director of Provider Reimbursement at the Department of Community Health and representatives from the offices of Senators Chambliss and Isakson to meet with her at the hospital to see first hand the efforts being made to keep this facility a viable part of the community while emphasizing what could happen if it was not here to serve the people of Miller County.

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