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Hospital groups continue talks

Talks of forming a partnership are continuing between members of the McDuffie County Hospital Authority and representatives of University Health Care System of Augusta, according to Doug Keir, the chief executive officer of McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson.

The public first was made aware of the talks in a front-page story that appeared in the Sept. 9 edition of The McDuffie Mirror .

Members of the McDuffie County Hospital Authority, a group of local residents who govern the local hospital, met Saturday morning to discuss such talks, as well as to handle other business.

Such meetings normally are held on the fourth Monday night of each month, but this month's meeting was held on Saturday to coincide with the hospital authority's annual two-day retreat where many topics were discussed.

James Davis, who serves as chief executive officer of University Health Care System was there and talked about their mission, vision and what the future might mean for their system under the new health reform law, Mr. Keir said.

Hospital authority members also listened to a review concerning the 2009 market share data. Other topics discussed included mergers, acquisitions, a legal update on merger and the special presentation by Mr. Davis.

Additionally, hospital authority members also approved a nondisclosure and exclusivity agreement between McDuffie Regional Medical Center and University Health System through March 30, 2011.

In other business, hospital authority members also approved a board resolution naming a special committee to work on behalf of the full authority in considering potential strategy transactions and to retain advisers as the committee sees fit.

Also, hospital authority members approved a motion seeking continuance of the current QHR Management agreement on a month-to-month basis from Jan. 1, 2011 until a resolution is reached about strategic matters.

At Saturday's hospital authority meeting, Mr. Keir pointed out that changes are forthcoming too at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Hospital authority members reviewed a strategic plan for fiscal years 2011 through 2014. The following Mission, Vision and Values statements and strategic plan later was approved by officials:

Expand technology;

Legislative and regulatory initiatives;

Customer satisfaction;

Facility and grounds;

Master planning; and

Positive financial performance viability.

Hospital authority members also approved their 2010-2011 budget, which shows a loss of $997,421.

Web posted on Thursday, September 30, 2010

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