Hospital officials say this will have little to no impact on the patient.
On Wednesday, the Fayette County Memorial Hospital (FCMH) Board of Trustees voted to submit a proposal to the Fayette County Commissioners to change the hospital’s status from governmental to non-governmental.
As a patient, this status change will have little to no impact on you whether you’re seeing a physician at one of FCMH's practices or needing treatment at the hospital.
“We will continue to operate as normal,” said Lyndon Christman, FCMH CEO. “Quality healthcare for our community is always our priority.”
Why is a change in the hospital’s governmental status being considered at this time? The hospital Board of Trustees has the responsibility to review the hospital’s governmental status and make recommendation to the County Commissioners for their consideration that will ensure the future growth and success of the hospital. With all of the changes occurring in health care at the local, state and national levels, the Board of Trustees believe that now is the right time to review the hospital’s governmental status.
Why is a change to non-governmental status being recommended? The fact is that well over ninety percent of hospitals in Ohio are operated as non-governmental. Operating as non-governmental will put FCMH on equal footing with other hospitals. In addition, it will allow the hospital to be more flexible in entering into joint business arrangements with physicians, other hospitals, health systems, and insurance companies.
“We have looked at a number of options that help support our mission, vision and values to provide the best health care to our patients and the communities that we serve,” said Jim Ward, FCMH Board of Trustees President.
Are there plans for the hospital to merge or be bought out? No. This change in the status is to work diligently to keep all decisions local to Fayette County. The FCMH Board and administration believe this change needs to happen so FCMH can remain independent and retain local control. This will give FCMH the ability to respond proactively to a changing health care environment.
"Fayette County Memorial Hospital is an essential health care facility in our rural communities,” said Ward. “We are honored to be able to continue to offer the highest quality patient-centered care to residents in and around Fayette County."
For more information about this status change, visit www.fcmh.org.