Gadsden County Hospital Update

By: Marise Estime Email
By: Marise Estime Email

County officials are expecting to get a license in a few days, granting them full access to the hospital. It's a move that's a long time coming.

Marlon Brown said, “We're finally getting the license transferred back into the hands of Gadsden County."

Gadsden County manager Marlon Brown says after years of legal wrangling, residents will finally have a hospital with the power to cure what ails them.

Marlon Brown added, "It's a great thing not only for the citizens, but for the future of health care coming back to Gadsden County. With a few changes in revision, hopefully in a day or two we should have the license."

Brown says once the license is in the county's possession, administrators will finally have the opportunity to make necessary repairs as mandated by the state. The Agency for Health Vare closed the hospital in November of 2005, calling it a "threat to public safety."

It's been close to two years since the Agency for Health Care Administration closed Gadsden Community Hospital. Since then county officials have been working with the agency to remedy some of the problems.

“While they work on getting a license, they're encouraging residents to take advantage of the urgent care facility."

In the meantime, the first priority is to get a management company to run the place. So far negotiations have been underway with two companies, Alliant Healthcare of Louisville, Kentucky, and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

As of last week, word is TMH may be the only contender.

Joe Sharp said, "We received an informal communication from them that they are declining to participate; however, we have not received that officially. That leaves Tallahassee Memorial Health Care as our excellent prospect for management."

Another pressing issue is getting critical access destination, which allows the hospital to be reimbursed for Medicare Medicaid patients, although the county manager says the hospital can be reopened without Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, but they would like to have them stay viable.

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