MHA grant


Pat Randall 3 years, 4 months ago

It would be better to spend that $25 million on a cath lab at the hospital and get other heart attack equipment, and operating rooms instead of a television for a Primary Care Dr. to talk to specialists somewhere else when the equipment needed is not here. There are cardioligist here in town. One that has been here almost two years and very good, another just came into the same office. Since MHA owns the hospital any way seems the best way to go.


Pat Randall 3 years, 4 months ago

If MHA gets this grant, will the equipment be available to all Drs. and Nurse practioners in Payson or just the ones working for the hospital? Does anyone have the answer to this or will they answer?


John Naughton 3 years, 4 months ago

Mrs. Randall: Not only all Docs in Payson but throughout northern Arizona. See quote from story:

"The MHA hopes to create a telemedicine hub that will serve a wide expanse of northern Arizona. The grant targets an area covering nine Arizona counties with a population of 612,000. That region suffers from much higher rates of poverty and lack of insurance than either the rest of the state or the nation as a whole. The ranks of the uninsured range from 9 percent to 32 percent, depending on the county."


Pat Randall 3 years, 3 months ago

Mr. Naughton, Thank you for the information, now I want more. Please You said, "not only all Docs in Payson but throughout northern Arizona." The paper said many local Drs. Not all. Does this include Nurse Practioners? Does it include Drs. not having hospital privileges?

That population figure of 612,000 includes 3 or more Indian Reservations, and Lake Havasu City doesn't it? Will this be one grant of $25 million for 9 counties and Payson will be the central facility? Yes, I did read the article.


John Naughton 3 years, 3 months ago

Obviously, you don't understand a couple things.

Mogollon Health Alliance is attempting to secure this grant, not the hospital. For example, Dr. Michels is in private practice, not an employee of the hospital.

MHA owns the grounds and buildings for the hospital. It contracts with Community Health Systems, Inc., which owns or operates over 130 hospitals, to operate the hospital. MHA does not have any influence over medical decisions, what equipment to buy or whom to hire, that is the sole responsibility of PRMC and CHS.

The goal of the grant is to provide advanced medical care to ALL rural Arizona, regardless of the town or reservation. There will not be a "central facility" but a network of specialists from say Mayo Clinic, UofA Medical Center to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

A doctor or nurse serving a rural area hundreds of miles from the nearest hospital could link with a specialist in real time via voice and video satellite. The specialist could suggest real time treatment and perhaps solve the problem immediately, instead of transporting the patient, saving thousands of dollars and, because of immediate care, saving a life.

MHA has one goal in mind... assist in providing medical care to all. Just like when they assisted in bringing a kidney dialysis center to Payson. MHA raised funds and helped make it happen by assisted with contacts where needed. No hidden agenda, just trying to make rural medicine available to as many as possible.


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