RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2012) — Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Ky., has entered into an agreement to manage Russell County Hospital in Russell Springs, Ky., effective immediately.
The three-year agreement creates an opportunity to provide greater accessibility to a wider range of health services in Russell County, while exploring ways to reduce costs and maintain affordability of services. The management agreement will allow creation of a broader continuum of care, including enhanced alignment of physicians and hospital services.
The county-owned hospital has 25 critical-access beds, approximately 170 employees and 23 practicing physicians.
“Bringing together Russell County Hospital and Central Baptist Hospital provides us with an opportunity to create a comprehensive and high-quality health care system in Russell County that will be of great value to our patients, our employees and our community,” said Chris McQueary, chairman of the Russell County Hospital Board of Directors. “This strategic partnership will allow us to work more closely with a leading health care system to provide high levels of care in the most cost-effective way.”
“We are very excited about this agreement with Russell County Hospital and the opportunity it will provide both facilities to further enhance the availability and delivery of health care services to residents of the area,” said William G. Sisson, President and CEO of Central Baptist Hospital.
As part of the management agreement, McQueary announced the appointment of Robert L. Ramey as the chief executive officer of Russell County Hospital, also effective immediately. Ramey has served in several capacities during his 17-year tenure at Central Baptist Hospital, most recently as administrator of Baptist-Physicians’ Surgery Center.