Supervisors to hear about TGH options

archive_import

By ABBY SOUZA

A recovery plan to deal with Tuolumne General Hospital's financial problems was approved by the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors earlier this year.

But that isn't the end of the possibilities.

The supervisors also directed county staff to look into alternatives to keeping the county-owned hospital open and what those alternatives would cost the county in terms of cash and quality of health care.

Several county staff members teamed up for the task and will present several ideas to county supervisors when they meet tomorrow.

One of the group's options is to hire consultants and conduct an opinion poll, an economic study of health care and a study of other health care models that could serve as alternatives to the county hospital.

The opinion poll, said County Administrator Brent Wallace in a document given to the board, would help determine community and physician support for TGH.

The economic study would help figure out how changing TGH would affect the community, and would include costs of medical care for the indigent a county responsibility. Another study would discuss alternate healthcare models.

The working group of staff members also offers the board the option of not changing anything, and letting the TGH recovery plan, a list of 10 programs created to either cut costs or increase revenue, take its course.

The recovery plan was put forth by the administration after several years of the hospital losing money. Over the past five years, it has borrowed about $6 million and had $11 million in cash infusions from the county's coffers.

The group is also offering the board the options of a "limited scope" study, which would focus on defining the costs of indigent health care, with and without TGH. Wallace's memo said this study could also focus on current and future operations of TGH information that could be used if the board and the TGH Board of Trustees ever create a strategic plan.

11504933
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Sunday August 28, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Woman dies of injuries in Highway 120 accident

08/24/2016

The woman who spent Monday night pinned in an SUV after an ... more

Convicted murderer Thomas Hyatt to remain in prison

08/23/2016

Convicted murderer Thomas Hyatt won’t be getting out of prison anytime soon. ... more

Three rescued from wreck near Yosemite

08/23/2016

Three German tourists were rescued Tuesday from the scene of a crash ... more

Jobs program seeks to help young adults

08/25/2016

Kristina Contreras was 18, a high school dropout, and the mother of ... more