(April 12, 2019) Michael Franklin, president and CEO of Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, updated the Worcester County Commissioners on the hospital’s progress during a meeting last Tuesday.
The hospital billed more than $162.1 million in fiscal 2017 and received more than $117.7 million, as compared to billing more than $174.1 million and receiving more than $125 million during fiscal 2018, according to Atlantic General data.
Community impact was a point of interest for Franklin, with 67 percent of $13.4 million worth of community impact driven initiatives going toward services including health fairs, flu-shot clinics and free health screenings from July 2017-2018.
Franklin outlined five main goals the hospital is working toward for 2019 that he called “right care, right people, right place, right partners, and right hospital.”
These initiatives aim to build on the hospital’s vision for a five-year plan, according to Franklin.
He also praised the efforts of nearly 400 volunteers throughout the health group who save the hospital more than $650,000 per year.
One obstacle Atlantic General Hospital faces, according to Franklin, is the medical institution’s surroundings.
“We exceed ..a. in almost all categories except the hospital environment,” Franklin said.
He also emphasized the need to improve the 25-year-old hospital’s infrastructure.
He highlighted a $10 million three-year capital campaign to raise funds for several projects. AGH has received roughly $7.1 million over the course of two years and is seeking an additional $2.9 million, Franklin said.
Recent projects include the new John H. “Jack” Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center, which Franklin said filled a great need for accessible care.
“This is obviously where we were supposed to be working,” he said.
He said a new Atlantic General Women’s Health System was also recently completed. It offers a variety of services, including 3D mammogram testing, bone density screening and ultrasounds.
Hospital officials also hope to modernize the hospital’s second floor, renovate the surgical services area, and an expand the emergency department.
Another project of note is the proposed outpatient facility on Route 589 near Ocean Pines that would allow consolidation of various practices in one location. Franklin said he hopes this new venture would help “the seniors in our community.”