Franklin Community Health Network Hosts Annual Meeting
Peter Doran named recipient of the Community Health Leadership Award
September 24, 2013
Retired UMF health professor Peter Doran is the recipient of the Franklin Community Health Leadership Award. From left: Joseph Bujold, Doran, and Gerald Cayer.
Peter Doran was presented the Franklin Community Health Leadership Award at the Franklin Community Health Network annual meeting on September 23. The presentation of the award has become a highlight of the annual meeting in recent years.
Doran was cited for a lifetime investment in health education that included: 25 years as a professor of health education at the University of Maine Farmington, placing thousands of students in full-time internships that often led to full time positions; a founder of the campaign that created the Belgrade Regional Health Center; a career that included serving on numerous health promoting committees and boards; and his overall dedication and persistence to make great improvements in health education and prevention in Maine to provide its residents with the tools to improve health.
Approximately 60 annual meeting attendees received a printed annual report, along with updates regarding new medical staff, new services and programs, patient safety initiatives, challenges, future plans, and more. Presenters included Rebecca Ryder, president/CEO, Joseph Bujold, board chair, and Gerald Cayer, executive vice president.
Ryder pointed out significant accomplishments over the past year that included: adding the new service radiofrequency thermocoagulation for patients with chronic pain; being selected for the third consecutive year as a most wired hospital; adding a patient portal that gives patients convenient secure 24-hour access to personal health information; implementing Franklin CARES, a nurse navigator pilot program to improve care coordination and access to care for patients qualifying for free or discounted care; and initiating the Choosing Wisely campaign, among others. “Indeed we have much to be proud of,” she said.
“This past fiscal year Franklin Memorial Hospital also experienced challenges that include a negative financial position never witnessed before,” stated Ryder. “Significant and emerging key financial challenges affecting our organization include federal and state budget cuts; decreases in payment for services from all payers; volume decreases in essentially all service lines; and significant increases in charity care and bad debt.”
Ryder stated that numerous organizational changes to reengineer and right size the organization this past fiscal year took place, including: reductions in compensation and benefit plans; discontinuation of ear, nose and throat services; transitioning child psychiatry services to a telemedicine model; consolidating Wilton Family Practice into existing Farmington and Livermore Falls medical practices; reduction of workforce through attrition and layoffs; and reduced capital expenditures.
“Looking ahead, more sweeping changes may include FCHN partnering with another health care system. Increasingly, hospitals are making the move toward forming partnerships with each other in order to provide services efficiently,” said Ryder. “The board is looking at all options for forming a formal partnership with another hospital, identifying the benefits, and seeing if there is a right fit for Franklin Memorial.”
Franklin Memorial Hospital is one of five independent hospitals of a total 39 in Maine.
The year’s highlights are featured in the network’s 2012/2013 annual report. To receive a report, contact Jill Gray in the Community Relations office at 779-2555 or 1-800-398-6031, ext. 2555. The report can also be viewed online at http://www.fchn.org/docs/AnnualReport2013.pdf.
Franklin Community Health Network includes Franklin Memorial Hospital, Franklin Health medical practices, Evergreen Behavioral Services, NorthStar EMS, and the Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County.
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