Marlene Godwin, executive director at Morningside of Albany, gave an update on the assisted living facility at a Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital board meeting Wednesday afternoon. Morningside, located on Beattie Road, is currently at 90 percent capacity. taken 01-04-12. story by Jennifer. (email@example.com).
ALBANY, Ga. — While Phoebe Putney Health System is working to onboard its former crosstown rival, its plans are to eventually continue building on services at other facilities.
One such facility is an assisted living center in west Albany, about which the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital board received an update Wednesday.
Initially, an update was given on the status of the onboarding process for Phoebe North — which was known as Palmyra Medical Center until it was purchased last month by the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County.
“As we are looking at bringing the two hospitals (Phoebe North and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital) together, we need to merge the operations together (so we can better serve the community),” said Phoebe Chief Operating Officer Joe Austin.
One such merger includes contract negotiations for food service needs, as well as operations with other vendors utilized by Phoebe.
“We are creating one contract across the network,” Austin said. “We are well on the path to doing that.”
Austin added that plans are under way to ensure adequate utilization of Phoebe North’s 248 beds and centralization of support functions.
Officials are looking at items such as staff credentials, human resources, legal, compliance and risk management as they ponder the centralization process.
Austin also said that the process of determining the long-term future of the hospital is still active.
“It’s not an overnight process,” he said. “This is a process that might take 120-150 days.”
Officials had indicated before the acquisition was finalized that they intended to turn the Palmyra Road facility into a specialty hospital, which is still a possibility. Once a plan has been laid out, Austin said that adjustments would be made to both Albany campuses to accommodate the changes.
Phoebe CEO Joel Wernick told reporters after the board meeting that officials are in the process of drafting and reviewing a lease for Phoebe North, a process that is expected to take six to eight months.
Marlene Godwin, executive director at Morningside of Albany on Beattie Road, also gave an update to the board regarding the progress of the facility she oversees.
The center was opened in 1999 as part of a joint venture between Phoebe and a firm in Nashville, Tenn. Initially, Phoebe managed 25 percent of the assets.
In 2005, an opportunity presented itself to purchase the remaining 75 percent, which Phoebe took advantage of.
“The surrounding property became available, which gave us an unlimited option in terms of growth,” Wernick said.
Godwin’s presentation centered mainly around the services that are offered at Morningside, which include assistance with everyday needs, weekly housekeeping, personal laundry services and private dining accommodations.
Godwin also touted the exercise programs available.
“We’ve got people out in the halls exercising, which is a good thing,” she said.
The center sits on a 16-acre tract. There are no plans for growth now, but that may change, Godwin said.
“In the future, we may grow,” she said. “It just depends on what the economy will do.”
The complex has 68 apartments and is currently operating at 90 percent capacity.