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By Portia Williams


ASHLAND, Ky. — Kings Daughter’s Medical Center announced it is dropping opposition to a Certificate of Need for angioplasty at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital.

KDMC President/CEO Kristie Whitlatch announced the Medical Center is dropping its opposition to a Certificate of Need for angioplasty at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. Whitlatch attributes their shift from opposition to their citing of the need for greater cooperation in the evolution of health care reform.

Tom Dearing, KDMC director of integrated communications, said KDMC has received a lot of positive feedback in regard to their removal of opposition.

“We have gotten several social media messages from people saying that it is a good move, and that they look forward to a litter closer collaboration. We are still competitors, but there is no reason you can’t be competitors, but get along when it makes sense to, and that’s what we’re striving for,” Dearing said.

Whitlatch said increased collaboration among health care providers is paramount.

“Today, healthcare requires greater collaboration among health care providers and other non-profit organizations. In this case, cooperation not competition makes sense as it allows patients greater access to the care they need. Whitlatch said. Sadly, heart disease remains the number one killer of men and women in Kentucky. By working together and making sure all residents have access to cardiac services, we can try to change that fact,” Whitlatch said.

According to KDMC, the Certificate of Need application for emergency and elective angioplasty was submitted to Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health Services, Office of Inspector General in the spring of 2013.

KDMC had initially opposed the application based on statistics that show KDMC’s cardiology program is more than sufficient to take care of the community’s patient population.

“It’s a new day here at King’s Daughters,” Whitlatch said. “We have to work together both internally and externally to deliver high quality, patient-centered health care with fewer resources than we’ve had in the past. One way we can do this is by creating partnerships so that we can maximize services to our community and allow our residents to stay in our community to receive care.”

Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

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