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Pensacola, Fla. (Aug. 29, 2014) - A management services and affiliation agreement for Atmore Community Hospital (ACH) was established with Baptist Health Care (Baptist) in 1995. The original agreement and subsequent renewals have resulted in a 20-year relationship that is set to expire in June 2015. In anticipation of this date, as well as a changing healthcare landscape in the State of Alabama, the Escambia County Healthcare Authority (ECHA) engaged in a process to explore future management opportunities for ACH. As a part of this effort, ECHA issued a request for proposal (RFP) to evaluate management candidates. Baptist and other area organizations submitted proposals in response to the RFP. 

In preparing its response, Baptist carefully considered its needs and expectations to support the renewal of a long-term relationship with ACH given multiple dynamics including the emergence of population health, reimbursement, Medicaid expansion, patient market leakage, physician coverage, infrastructure needs, and competitive interests. Accordingly, Baptists submission to the ECHA included criteria under which it would be in agreement to continue providing management services given the satisfaction of certain conditions.

After evaluation and review, ECHA has chosen Infirmary Health out of Mobile, Ala., for continued due diligence discussions about the assumption of management services at ACH.

Atmore Community Hospital and Baptist Health Care have enjoyed mutually beneficial relationship in the past, said Mark Faulkner, BHC President and CEO. All parties involved have the common goal of ensuring convenient access to quality patient care while maintaining the viability of their respective organizations. Baptist is proud to serve the Atmore community and supports the boards decision that will best address the unprecedented challenges that health care providers across the country are experiencing.

ECHA Board Chair Ruth Harrell expressed appreciation for the role Baptist Health Care has played over the past 20 years.  Baptist has played a critical role in assuring healthcare in the community in the past. On behalf of the ECHA Board, I want to thank them and acknowledge their commitment to a smooth transition.

Management from ACH, Baptist, and Infirmary Health will be meeting in the coming weeks to discuss the efforts that will need to take place to ensure a proper transition. There are no detailed transition announcements at this time.

A special e-mail address (ach@dwmmh.org ) has been established by the ECHA to receive questions and comments from staff, providers, and the community.  This e-mail box will be monitored by the ECHA Board and transition team.  Additionally, ECHA will make arrangements for a community meeting in September to share more information about Infirmary Health and any proposed changes at ACH.

Specific questions regarding ECHA should be directed to Ruth Harrell, Escambia County Healthcare Authority, 251.513.0482.