Bay Medical Looking To Join A Hospital Corporation

Hospital employees received a letter from administration explaining why a lease might be necessary for Bay Medical to survive.

Bay Medical is one of only about 8 public hospitals in Florida that do not receive any tax support, and it writes off about $30 million a year in indigent care, ranking 4th in the state for hospitals it’s size in the level of uncompensated care.

Steve Johnson, Bay Medical CEO, “There are several basic tenants that will make sure are covered in anything that we do. One, jobs for our employees, the pension plan that we've had some questions about that, those are protected, those are well funded.”

The Bay Medical Board of Trustees will have to approve. If members vote yes, public hearings are required then the County Commission will have to approve.


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  • by bill Location: panama City on Aug 17, 2011 at 09:12 PM
    Close Bay Medical, they only rip people off-10 minutes in the emergency room and a $3500 bill with 1.65 cents worth of medicine to fix my problem-They charge 753% of what John Hopkins hospital charges-a total rip off-and they sue people to get a judge to force them to pay-Close them or turn it over to the military. They are a terrible hospital.
  • by Brian Location: Panama City on Aug 17, 2011 at 04:54 PM
    This plan was in the works years ago when Steve Johnson got hired. In fact, I would say that Johnson got hired to do exactly what we see happening today, selling off or merging the hospital. And it's sad too because Bay Medical Center could not only survive on its own but prosper financially...if only the right people were in charge.
  • by BEN Location: Bayou George on Aug 16, 2011 at 05:31 PM
    I have stated this many times, But WJHG will not post it! If it were up to me, I would close Bay Med down and use it as the dump that it has shown me to be!! I will die a slow, painful death before I will let anyone drag me back there EVER again!! What a happy day it will be for me, if I can live to see it closed!!
  • by Stephanie.K Location: Bay on Aug 16, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    This is wonderful news! Change is coming and this may mean more jobs, more money and better care for patients, less stress, and more staffing. Can't wait till we hear more!!
  • by bambi Location: Pcb on Aug 16, 2011 at 04:13 PM
    Hmmm? I guess they should of not jumped the gun and built the new 200 plus room addition!! Bad business!
  • by Employee Location: Bay Medical on Aug 16, 2011 at 03:46 PM
    Good for Bay Medical. I as an employee support this. It will only add to our ability to grow and shine in the community. We have taken on the burden, alone, for too many years to treat the indigent. It's time to allow someone to help us.
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