Valdosta Daily Times

September 28, 2013

A healthier hospital


The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — When you fall ill, symptoms start to appear. You know something is wrong, but you can’t diagnose yourself. You turn to an expert, who finds the problem and prescribes the various remedies to make you healthy again.

This same process applies to businesses and institutions.

They may look great on the outside, but an internal issue that builds up over time can create the need for professional help. They turn to an expert to provide an objective diagnosis, make recommendations, and ensure future health.

South Georgia Medical Center has undergone tremendous change in the last couple of years. New facilities, purchases of other hospitals, and changes in health-care laws have brought additional responsibilities — and greater scrutiny. Through this scrutiny, an issue came to light, an expert hired, and now the painful rehabilitation is beginning.

Members of the finance committee and administrators knew there was a problem, but needed help getting to its root. The depth surprised them, but being able to pinpoint and resolve the issue will ensure that the health of the hospital is improved and restored.

While the staff has had to make concessions on benefits, and other non-employee areas will have to be trimmed as well, SGMC remains committed to its patients, its mission and the employees.

Valdosta and the surrounding areas receive excellent medical care, which will only improve as the hospital gets back on more solid financial ground.

No remedy is painless, but no remedy at all can be fatal.