WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Today Governor Charlie Crist visited St. Mary’s Medical Center to speak with hospital administrators and physicians about the challenges local hospitals face to provide health care to uninsured Floridians.
“We appreciate the time that Governor Crist took to dialogue about solutions that could ease some of the financial burden placed on community hospitals like St. Mary’s,” Davide M. Carbone, Chief Executive Officer, said. “Finding a solution is going to take such leadership from all elected officials, such as Governor Crist.”
During his visit to St. Mary’s Medical Center, Governor Crist discussed his health care priorities for the 2008 Legislative Session. He has proposed strategies for negotiating in the free market to provide affordable health insurance for uninsured Floridians.
“Florida’s more than 3.8 million individuals without health insurance often rely on emergency rooms for their health care,” Governor Crist said. “While great hospitals like St. Mary’s Medical Center have generously stepped forward to provide the care that is needed, it is time we seek the solutions that will ease some of the burden and provide better care for our people.”
St. Mary’s Chief Operating Officer, Scott Manis, said that St. Mary’s Medical Center is supportive of initiatives that will provide all citizens with access to quality health insurance. We believe that the Governor’s insurance proposal is a great start to a dialogue that will hopefully result in enactment of meaningful legislation to address the uninsured health care issues in Florida, Manis said.
“St. Mary’s serves a five-county area for highly specialized, acute care services like trauma, high-risk obstetrics, and neonatal intensive care for premature infants,” Joey Bulfin, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, said. “Our skilled nurses and physicians see thousands of patients each year who require these critical services and have no health care insurance. Today was another step towards working with Governor Crist, our local representatives and his staff to find a better solution for meeting the health care needs of our uninsured community members.”
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St. Mary’s Medical Center is a 463-bed acute care hospital located at 901 45th Street in West Palm Beach. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the greater Palm Beach community for 70 years. St. Mary’s Medical Center offers a broad array of services, including medical, surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, trauma and emergency services. St. Mary’s specialty services include a pediatric trauma referral center, 24-hour children’s emergency department, pediatric intensive care unit, high-risk obstetrical unit, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s, the Rehabilitation Institute, Institute for Mental Health, Schwartz Dialysis Center, Kaplan Cancer Center, Wound Health and Hyperbaric Medicine Center and the Memory Disorders Center. St. Mary’s is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. To learn more about St. Mary’s Medical Center, visit www.stmarysmc.com.