Message from our Medical Staff President

 John, F. McGuire, MD

 John F. McGuire, MD

As I begin my term as president of our medical staff, I realize we are at a time of great change: Not only did our medical staff grow by 15 percent in 2013, but the year saw tremendous expansion in the areas of pulmonology, nephrology, neurosurgery and pain management, as well as the transition of hospital medicine to a Thompson-managed program.
    At the same time, volumes are growing in the Birthing Center, in Surgical Services and in the Ambulatory Procedures Center, with projections for continued expansion of surgical procedures offered by Thompson Health.
    In addition, Thompson’s commitment to expand its primary care services led to new internists and family physicians joining the medical staff in 2013.  The addition of these physicians not only expands the patient base for the hospital, but also for the specialty members of the medical staff.  As we expand our primary care base we also have embraced the new accountable care network, Accountable Health Partners. This network is in response to the ongoing changes we will see in medical reimbursement going forward.  
    We continue to expect changes in not only the practice, but also the management of medicine over the foreseeable future.  We will face changes in reimbursement not only monetarily, but also conceptually as seen under the proposed bundled reimbursement model.    
    Many of the challenges we face will require an integrated approach. The continued partnership between the medical staff and Thompson Health will be critical in our success managing these transitions going forward, as will our affiliation with UR Medicine.
    The medical staff looks forward to working with administration and the board in developing a strategic plan that ensures Thompson remains a vibrant community hospital where our patients’ needs are always the primary focus. Improving the high quality services to the residents in our local and surrounding communities while maintaining the hometown feel we and our patients have come to cherish will require collaboration and teamwork from all.  
    With a very talented medical staff, an energetic administration and a supportive board, I am certain we will have great successes to report.