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Sept. 24, 2014 - USA Hospital Administrators Move Into Key Roles for Alabama Hospital Association
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Anderson named to AHA executive committee; Bailey chosen as Southwest Region president.

Beth Anderson, administrator of University of South Alabama Medical Center, has been named to the executive committee of the Alabama Hospital Association board of trustees. Owen Bailey, administrator of USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital has been selected as president of the association’s Southwest Region.

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Beth Anderson, administrator of USA Medical Center, was recently named to the executive committee of the Alabama Hospital Association board of trustees.

Anderson, who is beginning her seventh year as a representative of the association’s Southwest Council, was chosen as an at-large member of the executive committee. While the board meets every other month to address issues affecting healthcare, the executive committee also meets in alternate months to help the association officials deal with day-to-day issues, Anderson said.

Bailey started his one-year term as regional president this month.

Participation in AHA is invaluable to USA Medical Center, says Anderson. The association helps its member hospitals deal with a myriad of healthcare issues — complying with the changing Medicare regulations that are critical to hospital funding, understanding the state’s new Medicaid delivery system, addressing workforce issues of how to find skilled workers and how to manage hospital finances so employees can be fairly compensated.

Explaining that health care is moving from fee-for-service to value-based care, she anticipates that before too long, reimbursement rates will be based on outcomes — readmission rates, hospital-acquired infections, evidence-based medical care. And since many factors beyond the hospital walls affect those rates — such as patient lifestyles — hospitals need to be in on decisions about any changes.

“You have to be at the table and understand what’s going on,” says Anderson.

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Owen Bailey, administrator of USA Children's & Women's Hospital, began his one-year term as regional president of Alabama Hospital Association this month.

Participation in the regional council is among the best ways for hospitals to stay current about local, state and national issues in healthcare, says Bailey. In addition, it is “a forum for sharing best practices.”

"We are facing some very challenging issues, and it is a time of great uncertainty," says Bailey. "So it is important that we communicate effectively and understand the issues. Our region is blessed with some wonderful hospitals with very devoted, caring, and talented teams - there's a lot we can learn from each other."

"We discuss issues from a national and state-wide perspective," he says, "but being a regional council allows us to focus on local issues that we are all facing here in Southwest Alabama."

As the very basis of healthcare changes from “sick care” to “health care,” says Bailey, “it’s a huge shift and it affects everybody. These are some of the biggest changes we have ever faced.”

And while challenging, these changes can have a positive impact, he says, “with a focus on patient-centered care and improving the health of the community.”

About the University of South Alabama Medical Center

The University of South Alabama Medical Center offers patient-centered care to the central Gulf Coast with unique services including Mobile’s only Level I Trauma Center and Regional Burn Center, plus Centers of Excellence in stroke care and cardiovascular diseases, and a wide range of acute care services.

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About the University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital

University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital is among a handful of freestanding hospitals in the United States dedicated specifically to the health care needs of children and women. USACWH health care professionals are uniquely qualified and equipped to provide a wide range of therapeutic and surgical services for children and women, be it life-threatening illness, traumatic injury, premature birth or high-risk obstetrical and gynecological needs.

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