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Hospital board addresses need for physicians
Members of the Wilson Memorial Hospital District board listen to a presentation Dec. 20 from CEO Jerome Brooks on physician recruitment.
FLORESVILLE -- The people of Wilson County soon may see more of their health-care needs met locally as the Wilson Memorial Hospital District board discussed the future and recruitment plans during its Dec. 20 meeting.
Continuing Connally Memorial Medical Center’s efforts to recruit medical personnel, Jerome Brooks, CEO, offered family medical agreements for two individuals, Dr. Gustavo A. Gross and Dr. Rodney D. Ekmark.
The board unanimously approved the contracts as presented.
Brooks also presented his physician recruitment strategy. In his presentation, he advised the board that the local area has a deficit of 18 primary-care physicians. Overall, the physician deficit for the demand present in the county is 34.91.
Board President Ronnie Eckel said that the need for physicians is real and that if another is needed, the board should recruit one.
Also at the meeting, the board discussed an analysis of the potential effects of the “fiscal cliff” phenomenon.
Several situations were presented for the next nine years, incorporating existing Medicare cuts, existing regulatory Medicare cuts, and additional Medicare cuts under consideration. The analysis also includes the impending massive cuts to Medicare, which come under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as ObamaCare. In 2013, the Connally Memorial Medical Center is expecting $222,000 in cuts, due to the Affordable Care Act and the fiscal cliff phenomenon.
“These existing cuts are already included in the budget,” Eckel said. “They have already been addressed.”
During the meeting, the board also:
•Discussed the Public Investment Policy
•Approved the renewal of the district’s eminent domain privilege
•Heard an update from Neill Marshall of Marshall Koll and Associates regarding the status of the search for a replacement for CEO Jerome Brooks
•Heard a presentation on the November 2012 financial and statistical report. View a pdf of this document and of the potential cuts under the “fiscal cliff” at www.wilsoncountynews.com (see PDF download above).
•Approved medical staff appointments and reappointments as discussed in executive session.
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