Wiregrass Medical Center Public Forum Next Week

The Wiregrass Medical Center in Geneva has been running at a several million dollar deficit in the last six-years.

Next week, hospital administration will meet with local elected officials to try and come up with a funding solution.

At one time, the medical center was one of the county's large private employers with more than 300-workers. A number of those jobs have been consolidated or eliminated as part of a plan to cut costs.

County Commission Chairman Fred Hamic says keeping the doors open are essential. Many of its patients are indigent and have few treatment options.

"It's very important to Genera County. The taxpayers here have put in more than $38-million dollars since the early 50's. We really can't afford it to be foreclosed on," said Hamic.

The public is invited to attend the meeting on the Wiregrass Medical Center's future. It’ll be held next Monday, at 5:30 p.m. in the Geneva County Courthouse.

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  • by Lisa Location: Genenva on Jul 27, 2008 at 02:01 PM
    I agree with TOMMYS comment. There was a sign on Dr. Krafts door at one time stating he would not use lab or xray services from Wiregrass Medical Center and the next thing that happened is he is head of the board. Something is wrong with this picture.It seems to be pretty apparent that he campaigned for Hamic and not long after was made chairman of the board. Dr.Kraft, Fred Hamic, and even the local reporter for the Reaper seem to be a few good ole boys pulling the strings on all the puppets.Someone who is not a part of the good ole boy clique needs to come in and help get the hospital back on track.
  • by Tommy Location: Hartford, AL on Jul 26, 2008 at 06:40 PM
    I have one question that I would answered. Why doesn't then Chairman of the board, Dr. Kurt Kraft, admit patients to Wiregrass Medical Center? It is my understanding that he sends his patients need outpatient testing to hospital in Dothan. One would think that he would try to support the facility that has been his source of income for years. Or has his ego gotten in the way of what is best for this community and its healthcare needs. When you talk to county commissioners, they tell you that they have no control over the hospital and what happens there. But, they have the power to make appointments to the Board of Directors. So, essentially they do have somewhat to do with what happens at Wiregrass Medical Center. But, they have tried to wash their collective hands of being responsible. Their decisions and appointments does make them responsible. It is time that we the people of Geneva County find out who ultimately is responsible. Many people aren't aware of what has gone on
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