Floyd Chero­kee Med­i­cal Cen­ter

It’s of­fi­cial. Floyd Health­care Man­age­ment takes over the hospi­tal in Cen­tre, Alabama. An FMC ex­ec­u­tive says it is in good con­di­tion.

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Doug Walker [email protected]

Res­i­dents of the Cen­tre, Alabama, area woke up Fri­day to new signs out­side their hospi­tal pro­claim­ing a new name — Floyd Chero­kee Med­i­cal Cen­ter — as the hospi­tal be­comes the new­est sub­sidiary of Floyd Health­care Man­age­ment.

Floyd Chero­kee Med­i­cal Cen­ter LLC, a sub­sidiary of Floyd Health­care Man­age­ment Inc., is the new lease-owner and man­ager of daily op­er­a­tions of the 60-bed Cen­tre, Alabama, hospi­tal.

David Early, vice pres­i­dent of sup­port ser­vices and op­er­a­tions at FMC, will have over­sight of the hospi­tal in Cen­tre.

“Chero­kee County is part of our mar­ket, it’s part of a com­mu­nity we al­ready serve,” Early said. Floyd Pri­mary Care and Ur­gent Care in Cen­tre records nearly 10,000 pa­tient vis­its an­nu­ally.

Early said the hospi­tal is in very good phys­i­cal con­di­tion, but there are some things that can be up­dated.

“We cer­tainly want to in­vest in any­thing that would help sup­port any ser­vices that are needed, but there is noth­ing that we can see that we’re go­ing to have to drop a lot of cap­i­tal on im­me­di­ately. Now if we need to add some equip­ment for growth that would be fan­tas­tic,” Early said. “We do see that the physi­cians who are here have a full case load of pa­tients and I think that Floyd com­ing in will help with the vol­ume they can’t see.”

Floyd Chero­kee Med­i­cal Cen­ter of­fers an ar­ray of health care ser­vices in­clud­ing di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing, drug and al­co­hol treat­ment, emer­gency care, lab­o­ra­tory ser- vices, nu­tri­tional ser­vices, phar­macy, res­pi­ra­tory care, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices, sur­gi­cal ser­vices, and sub-acute re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion care.

The Chero­kee County Health Care Au­thor­ity com­pleted the ac­qui­si­tion of the vir­tu­ally all of the as­sets of the hospi­tal from NNZ LLC, a Florida-based health­care provider, and agreed to lease the hospi­tal prop­erty to Floyd. Other as­sets of the hospi­tal were trans­ferred di­rectly to the new com­pany, Floyd Chero­kee Med­i­cal Cen­ter LLC.

Bran­don Reece will serve as hospi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tor. He previ- ously served as Fi­nan­cial Op­er­a­tions Di­rec­tor of Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s Emer­gency Care Cen­ter.

Floyd Chero­kee Med­i­cal Cen­ter will be gov­erned by a board of di­rec­tors. Di­rec­tors in­clude, Ge­orge A. Bos­worth, M.D., chair­man of Floyd Health­care Man­age­ment Inc.; Kay Y. Chum­bler, vice chair­man of Floyd Health­care Man­age­ment Inc.; David Early, Floyd vice pres­i­dent of sup­port ser­vices and op­er­a­tions; Chad A. Hop­per, an at­tor­ney with But­tram, Hawkins, Hop­per in Cen­tre; Jay How­ell, a re­tired Alabama De­part­ment of Pub­lic Safety em­ployee and Cen­tre na­tive; Johna M. Lind­sey, com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist at Gads­den State Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Cen­tre; and Kurt Stuenkel, Floyd pres­i­dent and CEO.

The board of di­rec­tors of the for­mer Chero­kee Med­i­cal Cen­ter Inc. will serve as the Pa­tient Fam­ily Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, which pro­vides guid­ance and in­sight into hospi­tal op­er­a­tions from the view­point of the pa­tients and fam­i­lies who use the hospi­tal.

Early said that the news had been greeted warmly by hospi­tal staff in Cen­tre dur­ing ex­ten­sive meet­ings that took place Fri­day.

Early said Floyd lead­er­ship would like to see some tan­gi­ble growth at the hospi­tal in Cen­tre within three years but would not specif­i­cally say if the man­age­ment agree­ment has any time­line at­tached to it.

Floyd also op­er­ates Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter, a new 25-bed crit­i­cal ac­cess hospi­tal be­tween Cedar­town and Rock­mart.

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Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter Mar­ket­ing Co­or­di­na­tor Mark Har­ri­son un­veils the new Floyd Chero­kee Med­i­cal Cen­ter sign in front of the hospi­tal in Cen­tre, Alabama. Floyd Chero­kee Med­i­cal Cen­ter LLC, a sub­sidiary of Floyd Health­care Man­age­ment Inc., is the new...

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