This recently came to me in an email…looks like Voderfecht is trying to drum up support among his employees for this “necessary” hospital.

Via Dennis Vonderfecht

Several MSHA Team Members have wanted to help MSHA in our efforts to acquire the Certificate of Need for the new replacement facility for NorthSide and Specialty hospitals. If you would like to assist with this effort, please direct your letters of support to the address indicated on the attachment. The attachment also has several suggested points that you may want to use in your letters. You may either send your letters directly to the address indicated on the attachment, or you can direct them to Tony Benton, Asst. VP for Strategic Planning, and he will get them to the State. Thanks for your support of this much-needed project for our community.

And the letter:

North Side/Specialty Replacement Hospital
Mountain States Health Alliance
Letters of Support Request

Please address Letters of Support to:
Ms. Melanie Hill
Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency
500 Deaderick Street, Suite 850
Nashville, TN 37243

Letters may be directed to Tony Benton, MSHA Strategic Planning Office

This project is the result of careful planning by MSHA to allocate its resources to meet the existing and future needs of the community, and includes the following steps:

(1) Relocation of the 13 Franklin Transitional Care Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) beds from Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC) to Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital (QRH). MSHA will de-license 13 rehab beds for a final bed complement at QRH of 47 rehab beds and 13 SNF beds.
(2) Construction of a new hospital with 80 licensed acute care beds, an emergency department, surgical care and miscellaneous support services as a replacement facility for NSH and JCSH.
(3) Transfer of remaining 64 acute care beds from NSH/JCSH to JCMC.

Reasons supporting the need for this project include the following:

• More than 30 years old, NSH was built in modular fashion with several areas of NSH that do not have sprinkler systems. The dollars needed to develop NSH into a hospital of the future is simply too cost prohibitive.
• Both NSH and JCSH have mostly semi-private rooms which are not conducive to patient privacy, HIPPA regulations, and infection control. Private rooms achieve higher patient satisfaction and facilitate family involvement in care of the patient.
• With the new facility located in Med Tech Park, it is convenient to the medical community, where multiple physician practices are relocating.
• Reallocation of beds in Washington County will relieve the congestion at the crowded JCMC campus while reducing the need for additional construction at JCMC.
• By consolidating the 2 facilities it will enable the complementary services at the sites to more efficiently operate. The ER at NSH and the operating rooms from JCSH will be combined to develop a hospital capable of providing a full array of services while reducing the need for duplication of such services as two labs, pharmacies, dietary departments as well as other support services.
• A new facility will complement JCMC in providing adequate facilities to deliver healthcare services to meet the needs of the community over the next couple of decades.

So, what do you think of all this? Do we really need another MSHA hospital, or just another hospital in general? And which do you think is more likely to be approved?