By Eames Yates
July 23, 2013
Valdosta, GA - Twenty three hospitals with roughly fifteen hundred doctors, many of them in south Georgia, have formed an alliance called Stratus Healthcare.
The CEO of Tift Regional Medical Center, William Richardson, said "we think it's definitely a game changer. With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, the passage of the laws, also known as Obamacare, we think that the business model for healthcare that we've all known for many years is going to change."
Richardson says that change will create a greater emphasis on care rather than trying to increase the number of patients a hospital can treat. South Georgia Medical Center is also part of the alliance.
It aims to set a new standard for high quality care.
Randy Sauls is the CEO of South Georgia Medical Center. He said "the most important benefit is what we call clinical integration or the ability to treat patients exactly the same from one hospital to the next or one provider to the next sharing vast practices so no matter where that patient presents for care that patient receives the same level of care across all hospitals."
One of the ways to achieve that standard level of care, hospital administrators say, is by having electronic patient information.
which is one of the alliance's goals.
Stratus Healthcare will consist of the following member hospitals and respective medical staff physicians:
• Bleckley Memorial Hospital (Cochran)
• Central Georgia Health System
o Medical Center of Central Georgia (Macon)
o Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital (Macon)
o Medical Center of Peach County (Byron)
• Coffee Regional Medical Center (Douglas)
• Columbus Regional Health System
o Columbus Regional Medical Center (Columbus)
o Doctors Hospital (Columbus)
o Hughston Hospital (Columbus)
• Crisp Regional Hospital (Cordele)
• Dodge County Hospital (Eastman)
• Houston Healthcare
o Houston Medical Center (Warner Robins)
o Perry Hospital (Perry)
• Jasper Memorial Hospital (Monticello)
• Oconee Regional Medical Center (Milledgeville)
• Putnam General Hospital (Eatonton)
• South Georgia Medical Center Health System
o South Georgia Medical Center (Valdosta)
o Smith Northview Hospital (Valdosta)
o Louis Smith Memorial Hospital (Lakeland)
o Clinch Memorial Hospital (Homerville)
o SGMC-Berrien Campus (Nashville)
• Taylor Regional Hospital (Hawkinsville)
• Tift Regional Health System
o Tift Regional Medical Center (Tifton)
o Cook Medical Center (Adel)