Meeting Held To Discuss Proposed Nashville General Changes
by Marcus Washington
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dozens of doctors, former patients and community members attended a meeting discussing Nashville General Hospital at Meharry Thursday.
The discussions included making the hospital an outpatient-only facility –something many former patients think would be a disservice for the community.
An Atlanta-based consulting firm suggested the change, saying it would sustain the hospital at a time were only 6 percent of patients in the area chose Nashville General.
The hospital has been facing several changes as a result of declining inpatient volumes, decreasing reimbursement, and increasing costs. City official have held several community meeting to discuss options to help the city-run hospital.
Those opposing the changes said it threatens the health and welfare of the poor and under-served patients.
"We think there are opportunities for us to cut costs, figure out strategies to make it a financially palpable situation for the mayor and citizens of Nashville," said Charles Mouton, dean of the School of Medicine and senior vice president for health affairs.
Former patient Rachel Spears said the hospital made her more comfortable when visiting the doctor.
"Nashville General is a great size. It was easy for us to park and get in. it was easy for us to find out way around. It was a good hospital to be at," said Spears.
If the hospital changes to outpatient services only, Meharry Medical College students would have to team up with another hospital. The medical college currently has a partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center.