Monroe County Hospital and Macon’s Navicent Health sign agreement to work together

In this Telegraph file photo from 2002, a patient goes to Monroe County Hospital.
In this Telegraph file photo from 2002, a patient goes to Monroe County Hospital.

The Hospital Authority of Monroe County, doing business as Monroe County Hospital in Forsyth, has a new agreement with Navicent Health system of Macon.

Navicent Health includes the Medical Center of Central Georgia and numerous other locations throughout Middle Georgia, including the Monroe Regional Medical Complex in Forsyth.

“Our organizations have worked together for many years and now this new agreement represents an opportunity for an even better healthcare delivery network”, Tony Ussery, chairman of the Hospital Authority of Monroe County, said in a news release. “As most small, rural hospitals ... seek a path to preserving their local, community hospitals, affiliations with larger health systems are often the path chosen. We are seeing this occur all around the state in small and even not-so-small hospitals. Navicent has a vested interest in serving Monroe County residents”.

The agreement represents a opportunity to enhance the local medical community and hospital-based services, authority CEO Kay Floyd said.

“We know that economies of scale exist in larger systems of care that are not available to small, independent hospitals like ours, Floyd said. “With Navicent, we can work to capitalize on those advantages.”

Navicent President and CEO Ninfa Saunders said in the release that “population-based health and new business models are becoming the industry norms as a result of national healthcare reform. These changes are challenging hospitals to evolve into more cost-effective facilities that match their services to the population being served. We will be taking an in-depth look at the Monroe County health and demographics data and making plans together with the Hospital Authority of Monroe County.”

Monroe County Hospital has been serving the health care needs of Monroe County and surrounding areas for more than 50 years. Monroe County Hospital is a critical access hospital, and it provides general medical and surgical care for inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room patients, including laboratory, imaging, and rehabilitation therapies.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.