COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A group of Columbus Ob-Gyn's are banning together to push for joint women's health in the area, and they're seeking the solution from Columbus Regional and Saint Francis Hospital.
16 area Ob-Gyn's sent a petition to Columbus Regional and Saint Francis Hospital asking to join together in creating a women and children's unit.
Dr. William Simpson told News Leader Nine, "I think those of us that signed the petition believe the best chance for a quality unit is through a collaborative effort between both places."
"Instead of fighting and spending money to fight we would rather them work together so we end up with a nice facility to benefit all of us," Ob-Gyn physician Dr. Serena Tidwell added.
With both hospitals working separately to expand their own services, the group of doctors want one facility built in a neutral location.
Dr. Simpson said, "Competition between these two would not be as good as a collaboration to form a unit."
The hospitals released a joint statement saying, "A joint group made up of board members from both St. Francis Hospital and Columbus Regional Healthcare System are working to study the options that could lead to development of a consolidated women and children's program."
Dr. Tidwell said, "We want what's best for patients in the community irrespective of which hospital provides that service. We would like to maintain our independence but have excellent facilities to take our patients."
The group sent the letter last week and is waiting for the next step.
The Columbus Regional Healthcare System and Saint Francis Hospital tell us they are taking the letter into consideration. Attached is their official joint statement.
Joint Statement from Columbus Regional Healthcare System and St. Francis Hospital
We have received the letter from local obstetric and gynecology physicians but have not presented it to our boards, so it would be inappropriate to comment on the letter at this time. The letter will be taken into consideration at the appropriate time by the respective boards and management of the two organizations.
A joint study group made up of board members from both St. Francis Hospital and Columbus Regional Healthcare System are working with a nationally recognized consulting firm, Kaufman Hall, to study the options that could lead to development of a consolidated women and children's program. This firm has not concluded their report. The boards of both organizations are committed to the process of evaluating the possibility of a consolidated program and carefully considering the recommendations of the consultant.