Hospital Closure: A Personal Story
As you are aware, on April 21st, 2020, Williamson Memorial Hospital will close. Over the past 7 months, together we were able to right size the organization, streamline operations and fix a large portion of the revenue cycles issues. Unfortunately, the decline in volumes experienced from the current pandemic were too sudden and severe for us to sustain operations.
It is with a very heavy heart that we have no other alternative to keep the facility operating. However, the new facility owner has expressed his desire to seek out the needed partners for emergency services, lab & x-ray to through a new organization. It is for this reason; I am confident that services will return to that facility to serve the Williamson community once our country’s healthcare system stabilizes post pandemic.
I remain in awe of the dedication and perseverance of the employees of the hospital, whom I have had the pleasure to work with and to know. It is rare to find such a dedicated work force with an aligned vision and purpose to take care of patients and the community. I want all of you to know that your influence on me has made me a better leader and person.
I will continue to endeavor to identify solutions for the new facility owner; as all of you will remain on the top of my mind.
Very truly yours,
Gene Preston, Interim CEO