Friday, November 4, 2022

UMC W/Draws GLH Offer

 This post is reprinted with the permission of the Taxpayers Channel (Greenwood). 

A few moments ago, Greenwood Leflore Hospital announced that UMMC has terminated and withdrawn from negotiations to lease the hospital and operate it going forward.

GLH's press release is as follows:

Termination of Lease Discussions with UMMC

GREENWOOD, NOVEMBER 4, 2022 -- We recently learned that UMMC had made the difficult decision to withdraw from further discussions regarding the lease of GLH and continuation of services to the residents of the Delta.

Although we certainly can understand and appreciate the challenge of providing healthcare services in the post-pandemic era, this decision was not expected based on the progress that had been made regarding a lease transaction. The financial realities of providing healthcare services are impacting both organizations.

Over the coming weeks, administration will evaluate options for the continuation of hospital services to the residents of our surrounding counties, and provide updates as to any potential options for these services.

Discussions with UMMC will continue regarding access to physician services in Greenwood and Leflore County.

Further updates will be provided as these decisions are made.

This after the bombshell two weeks ago, that UMMC was demanding that the city and county owners of the hospital pony up $9.1 million to make necessary repairs and to pay off the Medicare loan.

We had previously reported a possible glitch with the Leflore County Board of Supervisors' refusal to name UMMC as the recipient of the required $4.5 million Irrevocable Letter of Credit. See our reporting here: Some county supervisors apparently confused about UMMC demand for $9.1 million payment for leasing the hospital

To review our reporting on GLH and its financial woes, please see here: Index of Greenwood Leflore Hospital news articles


Anonymous said...

Does Greenwood have a large population decline? I visited recently for a week long work trip, and the town seems to by dying.

burton39110 said...

Health care is stuck in the past. Mississippi needs triage centers that would then transfer patients to hospitals. There cannot be a fully staffed hospital in every town.

Ben Dover Delta said...

Not to worry, as Uncle Bennie will fix it.

Anonymous said...

"Does Greenwood have a large population decline? I visited recently for a week long work trip, and the town seems to by dying.

November 4, 2022 at 4:36 PM"

G'wood has been dying since 1980. It's not in much worse shape now than 40 years ago. Most patients are Medicaid/Medicare and those reimbursements are not enough.

Anonymous said...

4:36, Greenwood has been on "life support" since Fred Carl sold Viking.

Anonymous said...

4:41 seems to make sense. But Kingfish has no desire for these threads to attract posts that make sense.

Anonymous said...

@4:43 Certainly you jest; name just one productive thing Bennie has done for the betterment of his constituents.

Anonymous said...

A far better telling of this sad story is in the Greenwood Commonwealth

Anonymous said...

@9:38 PM Sarcasm - embrace it. ("Uncle" Bennie should have been a clue, genius.)

Anonymous said...

Until brain drain is fixed, communities in our State are going to continue to decline.

Anonymous said...

Maybe county leaders should regard providing medical services as the primary purpose of these local hospitals (which need to be clinics instead) rather than being a county controlled job service that provides medical services on the side. They had the chance to sell this hospital a few years ago, have it operated by someone who knows what they are doing, providing what they can locally and cutting what they can't. But, no. The stupervisors had to keep control of their jobs program. And now, everyone is at risk of losing medical services and jobs. This scenario repeats over and over all over our state. It's a consequence of supervisors who probably have a 34 IQ, medical providers who don't want the gravy train to end, and addiction to a 1968 medical services model. You can't fix stupid -- but, plenty of people want you to fund stupid.

Anonymous said...

Does Greenwood have a large population decline?

Population loss is the core problem facing all of these rural hospitals.

No amount of subsidies, financial backstopping or medicaid expansion resolves the core problem.

The days where rural America was dotted with full spectrum hospitals are long gone.

Time to think out of the box.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

This just shows that Jackson doesn't have a monopoly on clown show administrations. This is due to a segment of the Leflore county board of supervisors insisting that UMMC's name be removed from the proposal to supply their portion of the $9.1 million needed to complete the agreement. They stated they didn't want to limit their options on who to lease the hospital. Like they had a plan B. Sure do wish they would have had more adults in the room.

Anonymous said...

@7:36 pm: Uninsured is what you mean. Half of the adults under 65 in that ER have no coverage and aren’t eligible for Medicaid. The uninsured poor are what is killing these hospitals. If they all had Medicare or Medicaid, this crisis would not be happening. Speaking as a healthcare provider to a lot of poor people.

Anonymous said...

Not to worry. This is where Quentin W. will jump in and save it. Ask around.

Anonymous said...

I assume UMMC wanted GLH as a teaching "clinic" for their training programs which would imply faculty would be present as well. That is the only way I can think of as to why they would want it and the only way that they could attract a different patient mix that is costing GLH millions. I can remember years ago, Charlie Capps wanted UMMC to take of the Cleveland hospital (Bolivar County, maybe??) Their board of Supervisors called upon the AG and the AG said it must go the bid process. Killed it on the spot, IIRC.

Anonymous said...

10:12am You are right.
What's missing in the discussion of our health care woes is why local hospitals that existed were structured and financed. Most were "county" hospitals.
Neither hospitals nor physicians used the business model for operations but rather a professional model.
Quality of service and expertise of the professional dictated profit, and general physicians were trained , for example, to do all bone surgery, not just and arm or leg or knee or hip...only the spine and skull needed specialty is that tricky.

As another mentioned, local hospitals were generalists and patients needing specialized care were sent to the large teaching medical hospitals.

It's the most economic means for medical care costs but not for profits. The hospitals paid doctors on staff well. Local doctors had to earn their consumers' trust and locals had a better notion of who was drinking too much as well. Now your local doctor is likely part of a business system or insurance system...again...profit for them, not savings for you.

Anonymous said...

The supervisor's wording of the proposal is not the reason UMMC pulled out. UMMC is a teaching hospital ran by the State College Board. The college board nixed the deal. UMMC has a $60 million obligation that the public knows nothing about which gave the Board cause for concern. Taking on the responsibility of acquiring and managing GLH with that obligation, coupled with the loss of BCBS, made the move to risky in n their eyes.

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for UMMC doctors, nurses, staff, professors, students...

One day someone (IHL? Glenn Boyce?) will wake up and figure out the problem at UMMC.

Anonymous said...

it's been said multiple times that neither medicaid nor medicate (or in tandem) will ever support a rural hospital. Then we have the converse claim by 2:40 that increased medicaid would save the day. She's wrong and is not interesting in 'saving the day', but in saving her day job at the hospital.

Anonymous said...

There's that 'brain-drainer' again. Always chirping about kids becoming scholars and then leaving the state.

How you gonna fix the problem when opportunities don't exist. And opportunities don't exist when the labor force does not meet the needs of employers.

Do you really think well-paying, professional level jobs are going to pop up all over the state in anticipation of qualified prospects graduating from our colleges? I'm afraid it simply does not work that way.

Like it or not, love it or leave it, Mississippi never has and never will be a venue with a well-educated, prepared, trained workforce. And no corporation is going to establish in this venue based on promises of 'workforce training'.

Our children are busy shooting at each other, buying low-profile tires, pretending to be victims, bitching about white-power, moaning about republicans, managing to avoid work, living at mom's place and hanging out at Starbucks.

Anonymous said...

Actually, 6:30, YOU'RE wrong. If you convert UNPAID into PAID (by way of Medicaid expansion for the working poor), you can save hospitals.

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