Huntsville Memorial Hospital CEO Shannon Brown was the guest speaker at the Chamber’s Lunch & Learn Series Friday.
He talked about a myriad of issues affecting HMH and all hospitals in running a health care facility in today’s economic situation, including the rising extent of government involvement.
The contribution HMH provides to the community through employee salaries is about $9 million dollars. That, coupled with uncollected debt and charity cases, totals around a $50-million dollar contribution to the Walker County economy.
The government’s Affordable Care Act will affect them financially. As a result of a study of the effects of the legislation, one way in the future to improve financial viability may be some sort of merging with a partner.
Also, by taking cues through studying the kind of special health care patients are traveling elsewhere for, they are moving in the direction of bringing these same kind of physicians to HMH.
Brown talked about the effects of government involvement . . . .
HMH CEO Shannon Brown concluded on a positive note for the future . . . .