Pensacola, Fla. (Aug. 29, 2014) - A management services and
affiliation agreement for Atmore Community Hospital (ACH) was established with
Baptist Health Care (Baptist) in 1995. The original agreement and subsequent
renewals have resulted in a 20-year relationship that is set to expire in June
2015. In anticipation of this date, as well as a changing healthcare landscape
in the State of Alabama, the Escambia County Healthcare Authority (ECHA)
engaged in a process to explore future management opportunities for ACH. As a
part of this effort, ECHA issued a request for proposal (RFP) to evaluate
management candidates. Baptist and other area organizations submitted proposals
in response to the RFP.
In preparing its response, Baptist carefully considered its
needs and expectations to support the renewal of a long-term relationship with
ACH given multiple dynamics including the emergence of population health,
reimbursement, Medicaid expansion, patient market leakage, physician coverage,
infrastructure needs, and competitive interests. Accordingly, Baptists
submission to the ECHA included criteria under which it would be in agreement
to continue providing management services given the satisfaction of certain
After evaluation and review, ECHA has chosen Infirmary
Health out of Mobile, Ala., for continued due diligence discussions about the
assumption of management services at ACH.
Atmore Community Hospital and Baptist Health Care have
enjoyed mutually beneficial relationship in the past, said Mark Faulkner, BHC
President and CEO. All parties involved have the common goal of ensuring
convenient access to quality patient care while maintaining the viability of
their respective organizations. Baptist is proud to serve the Atmore community
and supports the boards decision that will best address the unprecedented
challenges that health care providers across the country are experiencing.
ECHA Board Chair Ruth Harrell expressed appreciation for the
role Baptist Health Care has played over the past 20 years. Baptist has played a critical role in
assuring healthcare in the community in the past. On behalf of the ECHA Board,
I want to thank them and acknowledge their commitment to a smooth transition.
Management from ACH, Baptist, and Infirmary Health will be
meeting in the coming weeks to discuss the efforts that will need to take place
to ensure a proper transition. There are no detailed transition announcements
at this time.
A special e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org ) has been
established by the ECHA to receive questions and comments from staff,
providers, and the community. This
e-mail box will be monitored by the ECHA Board and transition team. Additionally, ECHA will make arrangements for
a community meeting in September to share more information about Infirmary
Health and any proposed changes at ACH.
Specific questions regarding ECHA should be directed to Ruth
Harrell, Escambia County Healthcare Authority, 251.513.0482.
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