Two Hot Springs hospitals considering a merger have set up a web site aimed at providing more information to stakeholders and the public on the possible move.
Mercy Health in Hot Springs and National Park Medical Center announced their potential merger last month.
On Wednesday (May 9) the two hospitals launched www.AdvancingHotSpringsHealth.com, an online resource answering questions about the joint talks.
“When we announced our discussions to affiliate two weeks ago, it naturally raised a lot of questions from those who care about healthcare in the Hot Springs community,” said Lynn Britton, Mercy President and CEO. “These discussions are truly critical to advancing healthcare in Hot Springs for years to come, but any change like this is complicated and understandably met with questions and concerns. We are absolutely committed to being as transparent as possible through this next phase of discussions, and this website is just one facet of that promise.”
“There is not a single hospital across the nation that is exempt from the pressures of today’s changing environment,” said Dan Slipkovich, Cap
ella CEO. “We have a unique opportunity here in Hot Springs to build on the foundation of service both of these hospitals have established and to become a more competitive and efficient healthcare delivery system. Ultimately, we want people throughout the region we serve to choose Hot Springs for their healthcare needs.”
The website contains general information about each organization and the local hospitals, as well as the reasoning for pursuing the change in healthcare delivery and frequently asked questions. The website invites the public to sign up to receive weekly updates or to submit questions or rumors to be addressed. It will be updated continuously over the coming weeks, according to the two hospitals.
Some reasons for the potential merger include:
- Demand for greater scale and sound financial footing as costs of care rise and reform takes hold
- Drastic changes in how hospitals are paid for the care they provide
- Need for hospitals, physicians and other providers to work more effectively in improving quality, service and efficiency
- Uncertain economy that has led to an increase in patients who cannot pay for services
- Competitive pressures from other providers in the region