CHS Already Operates One Eastern Carolina Hospital

The healthcare provider that trustees at Beaufort County Medical Center voted to recommend affiliation with already operates one hospital here in Eastern Carolina. Community Health Systems of Tennessee runs Martin General Hospital in Williamston.

Martin County manager Russell Overman says CHS has been operating Martin General since 1998 - and says money was one of the main reasons the group was picked to run the hospital. Overman says, "That was for a 30 year lease term for a lump sum of 17 million dollars."

Overman says the deal there also came down to CHS and University Health Systems, known as Pitt County Memorial Hospital back then. Overman says the Greenville hospital offered 8-and-a-half million dollars.

Overman says county commissioners voted 4 to 1 in favor of the for-profit group to run the hospital, which also pays the county about $100,000 a year in property taxes. He says it's worked out well financially because the county hasn't touched most of the lease money it was paid yet.

UHS CEO Dave McRae says although it's disappointing that trustees voted to recommend CHS for the job, they'll continue to follow the county's discussions on the recommendation, and hope for the best possible health care for the county's residents.

Beaufort County commissioners have scheduled two meetings to discuss who will run the hospital. The first is this Friday, where they'll discuss how they'll review the proposals. The second is scheduled for next Wednesday, when they'll start the review process.

Overman says he wasn't in office when Martin General switched from a county-run hospital to CHS, and couldn't comment about any changes in patient care.

Beaufort County Commissioners are expected to make a final decision about who will run BCMC within a month.


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  • by Debra Location: Marion on Feb 14, 2011 at 05:59 AM
    I know what CHS will do to a Hospital. Let everyone who have devoted there lives to the hospital go. It's all about the dollar bill with them. Do I say it's all CHS NO. It's that SORRY CEO. So many people let go so he could keep his job if he had kept his hand out of the money maybe just maybe. The hospital would not have had to sell to CHS.
  • by thomas Location: martin on Jan 23, 2011 at 05:05 PM
    washington made the best choice NOT TO GO WITH CHS. GREENVILLE HAS ONE OF THE BEST HOSPITALS AROUND. AT LEAST THEY HAD THE TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT. I much reather go to greenville than MGH
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2011 at 04:53 PM
    I am so glad to see that the Beaufort County Commissioners have given themselves more time in making this most important decision about their hospital. Please be careful who you choose to take over patient care. My husband has made me promise not to take him to Martin General for any reason. He has requested I take him to Dr. Ben Shelton's Veterinary Clinic rather than Martin General. Having had first hand experience from some of the doctors in the ER at Martin, and having had personal experience with Dr. Shelton, he says there is no question as to whom he wants treating him. Although I must admit there are quite a few areas that need overhauling at Martin General Hospital, I still think we all need a local hospital. Every hospital, large or small, needs to be immaculate, expertly staffed and with the most updated equipment. Without question, these things should be expected for those providing service and those receiving service. The almighty dollar is the real problem!
  • by To Marth General Hospital Employee - Jan. 5, 2011 Location: Martin County on Jan 10, 2011 at 11:04 AM
    You are right, every hospital and every profession has those among them that should not work with customers and patients. You are correct there is alot of care and respect by most of the staff at MGH However, given the complexities of healthcare, that is not enough. Hospitals need technology, and the most updated and working equipment in addition to expertise and medical staff on site. Time and quick response are upmost priority when diagnosing and making treatment decisions. Private for Profit vs Private Not For Profit - there is a huge difference.
  • by The Truth Hurts Location: Martin County on Jan 8, 2011 at 12:47 PM
    What is it that has changed about Martin General, probably not much, you are still going to get sent to Pitt if it is major. At least the County has some money in the bank and CHS is investing money in the facility. No, I do not work there, I'm just sayin'...There isn't any worst care at Martin now than before CHS and you would still be transfered to Pitt even if they owned the hospital anyway. At least the County isn't obligated to subsidize it any more.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jan 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    Don't the county realize that PCMH is going to get the money anyway they are the only level one trauma center around, And all these little hospitals will transfers you in a second if they think you will make the trip to Greenville, then all the liability lays with Pitt. So you end up getting two $10,000 bills when you should be in a UHS hospital to begin with. PCMH made over 900 million dollars last year, 42% of that coming from transfers and referrals. if you give BCH over to CHS pitt will never want you again, but they will continue to take your transfers and referrals. lol in the end pitt wins anyway.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jan 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    Let me tell you something about Community Health Systems, They took over Washington County Hospital in 1999 and it was the biggest mistake that could have been made. They are for profit which means lower wages, less skilled staff, and streamline get them in get them out attitude, then when they have all the money they can get out of your poor pathetic little rural hospital they will drop you like a bad habit. That's what they did at WCH, and now Washington County has sold their hospital to the wolfs, on the promise of a new facility and better benefits for the employees, but there is nothing there but a 38 year old facility and layoffs. good luck Beaufort county your going to need it.
  • by Martin General Hospital Employee on Jan 5, 2011 at 04:38 AM
    I would just like to say at every facility you may find a nasty attitude and a wait time, however I can tell you this MGH has some great employees, who are our customers friends, family's, neighbours, church family etc. and you can best believe most of us if not all the nurses care about our customers, our staff say hello, we introduce ourselves, we look over you and try to help in every way we can, we might not have the best equipment and facility but we have a lot of love in hearts and a desire to work hard to help you when you need us the most. I will agree the ER has be known for long wait times, we are changing that, we don't want you to go somewhere else because of having to wait, we want to help you feel better, our new CEO is on the floors, she is looking and doing what CEO's are suppose to do, she is listening to the employees and their wishes for our community hospital, we are striving to make a difference and provide better care, I hope your next visit will show you the diff
  • by spanky on Jan 5, 2011 at 02:27 AM
    Let’s not blame the hospital 100%. Let’s blame the work ethic of society. During the day at MGH ER the nurses are lazy and mean. The night time nurses are real nice and try to get you in and out as fast as they can. As for the county hasn't touched any of the lease money. Well I see many things in the county that need some redoing. How about pull some money out from your nest county commissioners.
  • by To Anon @ 9:27 PM on Jan 5, 2011 at 01:00 AM
    It is really getting old seeing you top employees of CHS posting on here the generality that everything is OK at Martin General,blah, blah, blah, they are nice, clean, care, (puke), NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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