Hospital officials work on Phoebe North transition

Phoebe North Hospital located on Palmyra Road.

Phoebe North Hospital located on Palmyra Road.

ALBANY, Ga. — As the day in which Phoebe North is expected to have a lease in place and start operating under the same license as Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital draws closer, officials are still working to transition the Palmyra Road hospital into the Phoebe Putney Health System.

Tom Sullivan, chief transition officer for Phoebe North, discussed consolidation efforts at the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County's meeting on Wednesday. To date, the work has included minor adjustments to the facility's front entrance, renovations of the gift shop as well as the move of inpatient rehabilitation services.

Officials announced last week that Phoebe North, formerly Palmyra Medical Center, would be functioning as a women's and children's center as well as the home to Phoebe's inpatient physical rehabilitation services.

Phoebe began the inpatient rehab consolidation process Monday when it started admitting new patients to the 25-bed facility at Phoebe North. During the transition period leading to Aug. 1, patients currently in the unit at the main campus — Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital — will continue to receive treatment there.

If any patients remain at the main campus on Aug. 1, they will be transferred to Phoebe North at that time, Laura Shearer, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, said at a news release earlier this week.

Outpatient services provided by Phoebe's hospitals and outpatient centers will not be impacted by the move. All outpatient rehab services will continue to be offered at Phoebe Northwest on Dawson Road, officials said.

Inpatient rehab offers comprehensive diagnostics and treatment to help clients overcome functional limitations brought on by injury or illness. Components of the program include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and recreational therapy.

Five inpatient rehab cases were being treated at Phoebe North Tuesday as well as four at the main campus, Sullivan said.

Sullivan also added on Wednesday that recent capital purchases had been made, including new beds and flooring, for Phoebe North.

"We are investing in this facility," he said.

Stakeholder meetings are expected to begin Aug. 3 regarding Phoebe North's anticipated future as a women's and children's center, during which time physicians are expected to be able to give input. A more detailed plan on how the concept will be carried out should be presented to the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital board in about three months, Sullivan said.

Kerry Loudermilk, chief financial officer at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, presented some monetary figures from May as well as the year to date for the Hospital Authority. For May, revenues were budgeted for $23.5 million but ended up actually being just below $22 million.

For the year to date for the fiscal year set to end on July 31, revenues were budgeted for $114.5 million and are now actually at $119.3 million.

The Hospital Authority is scheduled to meet again at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Phoebe North. Jay Reynolds, the authority's attorney, has told The Albany Herald that he anticipates that the lease for the newest addition to the health system should be considered at this meeting.


Cartman 3 years, 4 months ago

Phoebe-Borg continues to assimilate any who stand in its path. When is the leadership of Albany going to stand up and take control of this community's Hospital Authority and put a leash on Wernick?


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