Craig James, President and CEO of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital provided an overview of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital's Affiliation Agreement with Mission Health that went into affect on February 1st.
He stated that the organizations share common values as they integrate to achieve 10 defined goals outlined in the agreement. Quality of care, recruitment and retention of physicians, and improving financial results were key priority areas. Currently two physicians are being recruited: an additional doctor for emergency care coverage at the hospital, and an additional primary care physician for Cashiers Medical Center. A physician needs assessment is underway to help define additional medical specialist models that will meet the demand for services in the area.
"We may see more specialists who will spend a day or two a week at our hospital and the other days at Mission or one of the system hospitals. That way we can still benefit from the expertise and experience of full time specialists," said James.
An example is the hospital's general surgery program, where surgeries are performed on Wednesdays by a full- time board certified surgeon shared with Brevard. Financial improvements are expected over time as the hospital moves from a stand-alone financial template to a more consolidated system in which economies of scale can be gained. The session concluded with a question of whether we will lose our "home town special touch" by going with big health system.
Craig responded by saying,"Most of the major changes are at the corporate level behind-the-scenes. Our shared value of providing personalized care will not change."
In other business new officers and directors were elected for the 2014-15 year.
President Milt Stork
President Elect Karen Sullivan
Secretary Rhonda Mobley
Treasurer Will Wardowski
Sergeant-at-Arms Ed Morse
Immediate Past President Tom Keating
The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley meets on Wednesday mornings 7:30 am at the Cashiers United Methodist Church on Hwy. 107 So. Non-members are welcome to attend by calling 828-743-5490. For more information go to www.cashiersrotary.org