Attached is an Update that was distributed to our Department Directors and Medical Staff yesterday afternoon. It brings the first phase of our strategic planning process that began in April, 2016 to a close. The Update describes Board actions taken last Friday in an effort better prepare WMHS for the future.
Everyone recognizes the need to remain viable and to keep health care delivery local. In order to do so, we will need to explore gaining greater access to physician specialists and sub-specialists to complement and enhance our existing clinical programs at WMHS. A key component to any potential affiliation will be to bring those specialists to Cumberland and not have patients traveling out of town needlessly.
The next phase will be to send a request for proposal to three academic medical centers, WVU Medicine, UPMC and UMMS in order to gauge their interest and commitment to such a partnership. As this process proceeds, I will be blogging on the subject in an effort to keep everyone informed.