Before everyone thinks that we are crazy at WMHS, I figured that I had better explain why we are engaging in a Master Facility Planning process. Next month, our "new" hospital will be four years old; it is in great condition and continues to serve us well. However, much has changed since we planned and subsequently built the new regional medical center.
In 2010, WMHS accepted an offer from the Health Services Cost Review Commission to move from a volume-based care delivery model to a value-based model along with nine other hospitals. With that model, the goal was to care for patients consistently with the changes being made under health care reform and treating them in the most appropriate setting. As a result, we have fared well under this new delivery model, but our average daily census has declined to around 150 patients per day. We built 275 beds in 2009 and have subsequently created all private rooms. Because of how health care has changed and will continue to change, we will need to re-purpose some of the campus, including the Willowbrook Office Complex, the Administrative Center / Diagnostic Center and the newly acquired Imaging Center and its associated property, which is about 10 acres. Through such changes, we will be able to look at health care opportunities that are new and exciting for our community and the patients who we serve.
As an FYI, I will be traveling for the next week and my blogs may not be appearing daily.