Local docs still iffy on health care quality

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By Angye Morrison

Gadsden County medical professionals met last week with members of the Gadsden Hospital Inc. board, the first time such a meeting has taken place in more than a year.

Physicians attending the meeting expressed concern that the new facility, Gadsden Community Hospital, would be able to provide quality health care for their patients.

Craig McMillian, GHI chairman, has said in published reports that the board will not be a “rubber stamp” for the county’s medical community, but said their input is necessary because local doctors are the ones who admit the patients.

Gadsden County commissioners voted in early December 2008 to approve a four-bed hospital, with the stipulation that a minimum of five beds will be added during the next five years, if funds are available to do so. This would be in line with the 25-bed facility voters approved in August 2008.

McMillian told commissioners in December 2008 that the board had recommended that the medical community become more involved in the process of opening the hospital. Prior to last week’s meeting, local physicians had not been consulted throughout the process of rebuilding and reopening the hospital.

Construction is underway at the hospital, and is expected to be complete by the June deadline.