Live Oak —
Shands Live Oak Regional Medical Center has recently improved its capital investment by approximately $1.4 million by upgrading its facilities and purchasing equipment to expand and improve their services to the community, according to Richard Huth, chief executive officer Shands Live Oak RMC.
“We’ve made some major headway this past year,” Huth said.
In 2013, the hospital purchased a new emergency control system; a new CT scanner; a new nurse call system for each hospital room; general surgery equipment; a GE digital mammography unit; a new anesthesia machine and more.
Upgrades to the building include a newly remodeled lobby and nursing unit as well as two ADA compliant patient rooms.
In addition to the upgrade to the equipment and facilities, Huth said one of their biggest accomplishments has been the recruitment of specialists and doctors who now serve at Shands Live Oak RMC.
Amapola Garcia, MD, and Brooke Mobley, DO, specializes in nephrology and also serves at Lake Shore Regional Medical Center in Lake City. Robert Kim, MD, serves as a electrophysiologist. Richard Valenzuela, MD, is the orthopedic surgeon and Peter Go, MD, General Surgeon.
Shands also added three primary care givers: Melanie Key, ARNP; Rojelio Muro, ARNP; and Judy Lynch, PA.
In March of 2013, Shands expanded their services by performing general surgeries. In September, they began offering gynecologic surgery.
“That’s a lot of improvement in local health care in just a year,” Huth said.
Recently, Shands held the grand opening of a primary care office in Jasper in an effort to reach more people. By March of 2014, the hospital will be offering orthopedic surgery for local residents.
The hospital is partly owned by Health Management Associates, who owns 60 percent of the hospital, and Shands of Gainesville, who owns 40 percent. Huth said HMA will be merging with Community Health Systems at the end of January, which will become the largest hospital system in the United States.
“CHS will make up the largest hospital system in the US with 206 hospitals in 29 states,” Huth said. “This is a very good strategic move. It gives us a greater opportunity with our vendors and insurance payers, and better access to capital dollars. From a local standpoint, there will be no changes in operations.”
Huth is excited about the quality of service that improved significantly in 2013.
“Our ER (emergency room) is excellent,” Huth said. “We see over 2,000 patients a month. Our ER is solid.”
Huth said Shands Live Oak RMC is evaluated on the same level as major city hospitals such as the Tampa General Hospital, and the results of the evaluations regarding quality of service matches those of bigger cities.
“We hit the quality marks that all hospitals do,” Huth said. “We are proud of the quality of care that our staff is providing, both in the emergency room and to in-patients.”