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Floyd Medical Center to Seek CON to Add Open Heart Surgery

Posted by Kurt Stuenkel, President and CEO
January 31, 2018

On Monday, Jan. 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.

CON rules require any person or organization proposing to develop or offer a new institutional health service or health care facility to file an LOI 30 days before submitting a CON application. Floyd’s open heart surgery CON will be filed at the end of February.

Floyd already has a successful cardiology program that provides diagnostic and interventional services in our three cardiac catheterization labs, including angioplasty and the placement of stents and pacemakers. Now Floyd is proposing to spend $25 million to construct new space to accommodate open heart surgery. The details of the program will be explained in the CON application.

We have numerous patients who receive cardiology services already at Floyd, and if they need cardiac surgery we must transfer them to another hospital. This would be unnecessary with our new program.

Floyd has a sound foundation on which to build an open heart surgery program. Our cardiac cath program already provides high quality care with good clinical outcomes. We already have highly trained and well established cardiologists on our medical staff, and while they do not currently do procedures at Floyd, cardiothoracic surgeons are also on staff at Floyd. We have the infrastructure and resources to expand cardiovascular services to include open heart surgery.

Our cardiac cath program charges per procedure are lower on the whole than other providers in the area. We believe the proposed open heart surgery program and lower projected average charge per case will foster competition and cost-effectiveness.

Establishing this important new service at Floyd is a logical next step in the growth of our cardiology service line. It will benefit patients, payors and the entire community.

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Kurt Stuenkel

About Kurt

Kurt Stuenkel has served as President and CEO of Floyd since 1996. He leads a health care system that includes a 304-bed hospital with a level II trauma center and a level III NICU, a family medicine residency program; a 25-bed critical access hospital; a regional primary care network; urgent care centers; and a hospice program. As CEO, Kurt is faced with the many challenges that come with leading a multi-faceted organization that includes a safety net hospital.

He has written articles for, and is faculty with the American College of Healthcare Executives on the topic of Lean Six Sigma and the 120 day workout methodology, and he frequently hosts visitors who wish to learn about the implementation of these techniques.

Kurt has served as Chairman of the Georgia Hospital Association, the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, and VHA Georgia; as a member of the American Hospital Association’s Metropolitan Section and Regional Provider Board; and as a member of the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission and the Georgia Health Strategies Council.

Under Kurt’s leadership, Floyd has won numerous state and national awards for supply chain, quality, public relations and programmatic excellence, with a focus on culture, performance, new programs and facilities.