Floyd Medical Center Straightforward

Straight to the Point Blog

Kurt Stuenkel, President and CEO of Floyd Medical CenterKurt Stuenkel, Floyd President and CEO, tackles current issues facing Floyd and the health careindustry and addresses controversial and difficult-to-understand subjects that are often discussed in the community. The Straight to the Point blog also may feature guest contributors on occasion.

  • Floyd Medical Center to Seek CON to Add Open Heart Surgery

    January 31, 2018

    On Monday, January 29 our organization filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Georgia Department of Community Health to submit an application for a Certificate of Need (CON) to establish an open heart Surgery program at Floyd Medical Center. Read More

  • Celebrating the Magnificent Hearts of Floyd

    December 28, 2017

    As we have celebrated this holiday season, and now the New Year, giving is the recurring theme, of gifts we have received and of gifts that we give to others. What is most meaningful is the motivation behind those gifts and giving. Read More

  • Floyd Opposes Redmond Application to Add Obstetrical Services

    December 9, 2017

    Since our beginning in 1942, Floyd Medical Center has provided high quality maternity services to this area. Floyd has kept up with the times with numerous renovations, and in November 2017 we opened a brand new level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in our facility. Our decades of expertise and resources uniquely position us to take care of complex patient needs-even those that occur unexpectedly. Read More

  • Floyd Provides Health Care Where You Live, Work, Play and Go to School

    June 19, 2017

    Ask almost anyone if they had a favorite teacher or coach growing up, and you’re likely to get a smile and at least one name immediately. Although it has been a while since I was a student in K-12, I still remember some great teachers and great experiences. We sometimes say at Floyd that our organization delivers health care where people live, work, and play. We should add to this, where people go to school. Read More

  • It Is All About Caring for the Patients

    March 15, 2017

    While the Republican-led United States Congress debates all of the issues surrounding the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, the day-to-day business of taking care of patients who need the health care system continues on. Each and every day millions of people show up in need, seeking care from physicians, urgent care centers, emergency rooms, hospitals, surgery centers, home health agencies and other providers. The great news is that, in the midst of all of the policy debates and uncertainty, medical care professionals do what they do best. Read More

  • We Are the Champions: Inspiring the Championship Mindset

    February 22, 2017

    I confess that I was a latecomer to the Rome High School football success in 2016. Even though the momentum towards the championship had been growing, I was not aware that a story of a great sports turnaround was occurring right here in our community. As the Rome Wolves were preparing to play for the Class 5A title against 11 time state champion Buford, I began to learn. Read More

  • A Challenge to Read: Meaningful Books I Read in 2016

    January 3, 2017

    I was privileged to hear coach Jim Valvano speak on a couple of occasions. He was an incredible college basketball coach, and probably a better man. He died too young from cancer. As he was dealing with the ravages of Read More

  • What a Waste!

    December 23, 2016

    Lean and Six Sigma have been around in health care now for several years. Floyd is celebrating 10 years of utilizing these quality and improvement methodologies as 2016 draws to a close. In addition, Floyd has adapted the GE (General Read More

  • CMS Hospital Ratings Don’t Tell the Whole Story

    August 15, 2016

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its first hospital star ratings recently. It’s the federal government’s attempt with the mountains of hospital data they collect to create a single rating that helps health care consumers. Floyd earned three stars–certainly respectable, but we would never advise someone to focus on a single rating when making an important health care decision. Read More

  • Fact: The Sky is Not Falling

    May 12, 2016

    Name calling, false assertions, and crude remarks…turn on the television or look at other media and presidential candidates are wallowing in it. We could debate whether this is already well established in our culture and that this ugly turn in Read More