CCMH is in the hands of the community

The future of Cooper County Memorial Hospital is in the hands of the citizens of Boonville. That was what the community forum was all about, which was held Wednesday evening. Community feedback was also sought to try to improve operations at the hospital. Around 25 people attended the forum.
CCMH is facing a dramatic decrease of patient care to Columbia based hospitals. This is forcing the hospital to make some dramatic decisions and some that could conclude with the closing of the hospital if they do not see a rise in patient care.  
"I think it has been well documented the hospital has struggled financially for numerous years," CCMH CEO Alan Waldo said. 
CCMH Board of Directors President Mike Conway presented reasons behind the financial challenges and the importance the hospital within the community and area. 
"We are asking the local residents to support CCMH and choose us for your healthcare," Conway said.   
According to Waldo, the local economy has faced the loss of numerous good paying jobs with benefits due to various plant closures. This has greatly effected the hospital. 
Conway explained that CCMH’s market share for procedures that could be done locally is only at 35 percent, meaning, the hospital is operating at almost a third of its potential.  Conway detailed admissions have decreased from 839 acute care admissions in 2005 to 206 acute care admissions in 2012. 
“If we are going to continue to provide current services as a hospital, we must recapture market share," Conway said.
CCMH will be holding more forums around Cooper County and Howard County.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, July 2 at the Otterville Senior Center. On Monday, July 8 a meeting will be held in Boonville at the City Council Chambers located on Spring Street.
A complete list of meeting will be included in the Boonville Daily News Community Calendar.