I have enjoyed spending my professional life serving the orthopedic needs of Moultrie and Southwest Georgia. I am so proud to see how our hospital has progressed over the past forty-five years. We are blessed with the addition of so many excellent physicians who bring services not available in the past. We are blessed to see our hospital obtain the latest in medical equipment to diagnose and treat diseases. Our hospital now routinely is recognized nationally for superior performance and safety. We now are able to provide for the future needs of our community with our Family Practice Medical Residency and the arrival of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine training future medical doctors. I am so thankful and proud of our Colquitt Regional Medical Center.
I have concerns regarding the future of our hospital, however. The community is served by 365, 24/7 medical care coverage. The cost for a hospital to provide this coverage is great. Several years ago a Certificate of Need (CON) was implemented by our legislators. This was passed in an effort to control duplication of equipment and services that might increase the cost of medical care.
We now see a move to revoke the CON in order to allow larger hospitals and corporations to move into our local areas and offer limited services. These generally don’t offer 24/7 coverage and take the low-hanging fruit which is needed to allow complete services, 24/7 that is provided by our local hospitals.
I hope you will consider contacting our legislators now and ask them to oppose the move to remove the CON.
D.W. Adcock, M.D.