According to Chief Financial Officer Gordian Michael of Capital Regional Medical Center (CRMC), there are big plans being made for the Gadsden Memorial Campus (GMC).
Michael told the county commissioners last month that the company was in the process of bringing specialists to the campus. The commission approved the remodeling at the facility several months ago to provide space for the specialists.
In addition, Michael said there were plans to continue expanding more of the unused portion of the hospital for primary care and at some point in the future even looking at adding hospital beds.
Michael came before the commission in reference to a special Medicaid program that has provided funds to the hospital for the past three years.
It is a portion of the half cent indigent care tax that has been alloted to Capital Regional Medical Center by the county for the operation of Gadsden Memorial Campus that has been passed on to the Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA) for matching Medicaid funds, which CRMC receives.
CRMC receives $2.36 for every dollar the county sends to ACHA through the special Medicaid program, Michael explained.
Those monies, it was explained by Gadsden Hospital Board attorney Paul Glazer, is used for operations of CRMC, which manages Gadsden Memorial Campus.
When asked by Commissioner Brenda Holt if the funds could be used strictly by GMC, Glazer said that under state law it had to go to CRMC.
The county approved the request and set aside approximately $460,000 from the half-cent tax for fiscal year 2013-14 to continue helping CRMC offset some of its losses in the operation of GMC.
Micheals said during the meeting that CMC was seeing about 15,000 patients a year and approximately 40 percent of them did not pay for their services.
The remainder of the $1.5 million collected each year by the half-cent tax is used for repayment of the hospital debt and for prevention and education programs by the Gadsden County Health Council.
This will be the third year that the county commission has approved the measure.