What's going on?
There has been a proposed resolution brought before the County Commission with the option to sell Williamson Medical Center, which is currently a county-owned asset. We think it’s important that before anyone makes a decision about this they are informed of the implications of a sale as well as some facts surrounding this idea that aren’t widely known.
The idea of selling Williamson Medical Center was brought up as a way to pay off county debt and help fund schools. What’s important to note here is that Tennessee state law states that profits made from the sale of county-owned medical facilities can only be applied toward future health care expenditures. The funds CAN NOT be used for roads, debt, schools or any other non-healthcare related debt.
Also, the WMC Board of Trustees would have to agree to the sale before it can happen. None of our board members are in favor of selling Williamson Medical Center.
Our CEO, Don Webb, and COO, Julie Miller, recently discussed this matter during a live interview on WAKM radio. Watch the interview, in full, below:
Why does it matter?
Williamson Medical Center is deeply engrained in this community and in addition to providing top-tier quality health care for adults and children, here are a number of things we do to benefit our community that would likely go away if we were sold:
- We operate EMS services for the county
- We provide EMS coverage at all county high school home football games and wrestling events
- We provide medical supplies to Franklin Special School District school nurse programs
- We provide the instructor for two Williamson County schools who teach first responder courses to high school students at Page High and Fairview High
- With more than 1,500 employees, we are one of the county’s largest employers
- We provide physicians and top-level providers to do educational programming in businesses and for community groups
- We contribute to county forensic services
- We employ the physician and nurse practitioner at the health departments in Franklin and Fairview
- We provide emergency medical training for Fire and Rescue first responders
- In fiscal year 2016, we provided $12 million of uncompensated care
- In fiscal year 2016, we provided $2.7 million of charity care
- In fiscal year 2016, we provided $311,271 in discounted service to jail inmates
- We provide 200 free mammograms for an underserved population of women
- WMC pays $350,000 per year in property tax on our medical office buildings
- We are dedicated to providing the most advanced technology
- We were the first community hospital to purchase and implement the da Vinci Robotic System
- We offer robotic-assisted surgery with the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopaedic System
- Our vascular hybrid room offers the latest and best technology for vascular patients
- We offer 3D imaging capabilities for our breast health patients
- We are a Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Distinction Center for hip and knee replacements
- Accredited in the following: Joint and Spine Center; Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in Mammography, Breast Ultrasound and Percutaneous Breast Biopsy; Chest Pain Center; Sleep Center; Cancer program; Laboratory; Radiology services; Diabetes Education; Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II
- Over the past year, we have recruited 14 new physician providers who have diversified our spectrum of care.
- Williamson Medical Center is one of very few community hospitals nationwide that offers a dedicated children’s hospital and pediatric emergency department