Cutline 1: Pictured is Representative Bruce Griffey with Lisa Casteel, CEO at HCMC, and Dr. Scott Whitby, HCMC Board of Trustees Chair during THA Legislative Day on Feb. 25.
Cutline 2: Pictured is Senator John Stevens with Lisa Casteel, CEO at HCMC, and Dr. Scott Whitby, HCMC Board of Trustees Chair during THA Legislative Day on Feb. 25.
PARIS, TN – With the legislative session now in full swing, Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) held its annual Legislative Day on the Hill Monday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 25 with a legislative reception, member briefing and legislative visits. Henry County Medical Center CEO Lisa Casteel, Marketing & Public Relations Director Tory Daughrity, and Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Scott Whitby attended the event, advocating for rural healthcare with local legislators as well as addressing the healthcare issues and bills being presented during this session.
Casteel, Daughrity, and Dr. Whitby were able to attend a legislative priorities briefing and discussed various legislation with Representative Bruce Griffey along with Senator John Stevens. Hot topics included certificate of need reform, hospital assessments, telehealth for TN, along with EMS, Surgical Nursing, and ER legislation.
Casteel and Dr. Whitby were also able to share some interesting statistics about hospitals in TN. HCMC is one of 65 rural hospitals in TN as well as one of only 39 licensed for 101-200 beds. Hospitals in TN employ over 106,000 people with an economic impact of $38,774,120,102 to TN. HCMC is the largest employer in Henry County employing almost 1,000 partners.
“It is important for us to know our legislatures and key issues for the state,” said Casteel. “Issues such as Medicaid Expansion and Certificate of Need will definitely impact how we conduct our structure of healthcare in Henry County. I do hope that legislatures understand and give value to the structure in rural markets versus the urban markets.”
To learn more about the growth at Henry County Medical Center, go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org and read about all the services we offer to care for our community.
Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region. Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Additionally, HCMC owns and operates 8 provider clinics in various specialties. Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: www.hcmc-tn.org.