Habersham Medical Center has 'refocused efforts in seeking improvements' in operations

By Rob Moore Reporter
Posted 10:08PM on Monday 22nd January 2018 ( 2 years ago )

DEMOREST — Habersham Medical Center officials are continuing to work to improve the hospital’s performance.

Stacy W. Hall, Ph. D., chairman of the Hospital Authority of Habersham County, issued an open letter Monday afternoon to hospital users updating them of the progress being made at HMC.

“The Hospital Authority is deeply committed to making sure that HMC remains vibrant within Habersham County, that it continues to provide high-quality healthcare to our community, and that the operations of the hospital are conducted in accord with good financial management and oversight,” Hall’s letter reads.

“As you know, there has been a great deal of discussion regarding affiliation over the past year and a half,” Hall’s letter reads. “This is something that the Hospital Authority takes very seriously and has spent a great deal of time exploring. We will continue to explore such discussions. But for the moment, however, we are focused on maintaining current relationships with our various healthcare affiliates as our primary objective now must become improving overall performance without every facet of HMC. We believe that this strategy on performance improvement will best position us for future discussions regarding an affiliation and/or purchase should the Authority determine this is the best path for HMC.”

The letter explains that one of many new developments at the hospital is complete reorganization of management since the addition of new Chief Executive Officer Lynn Boggs in October.

“Lynn and her team have been working incredibly hard and have begun to roll out a series of new initiatives and key hires to best provide quality healthcare and customer service, while also focusing on improvements in financial performance,” Hall’s letter states. “We have already begun to see substantial improvement in several areas, including reductions in staff turnover and implementation of improved systems of cost control.”

Habersham Medical Center is a 53 licensed bed acute care hospital that also operates Habersham Home, an 84 licensed bed skill nursing facility, as well as HCMC Home Care, the service area’s sole agency for hospital-based home health providers.

“This is truly an important time for Habersham Medical Center,” Hall’s letter states. “Every member of the Hospital Authority is encouraged by the energy and work ethic of Lynn and her HMC Leadership team. “This year, we will continue to introduce a number of strategic initiatives to better fulfill our mission.”

Also announced in the letter is development of a new orthopedic clinic, Orthopedics of North Georgia, that will include James Dallis, M.D., and William McLean, D.O.

Habersham Medical Center officials continue to work to improve the hospital's financial position, while also looking at possible partnership and acquisition options.

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