Abraham tours FMC, hears healthcare issues
U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham made an impromptu President’s Day visit to Franklin Medical Center this week to tour the facility and address concerns over ever-changing regulations affecting the delivery of health care services.
Abraham, who is himself a physician, met with Hospital Administrator Blake Kramer, Chairman of the hospital’s Board of Commissioners Paul Price Jr., and Vice Chairman Michael Wright Monday morning for a tour of the facility’s recently renovated third floor and ongoing renovations of the Emergency Room. They were later joined by hospital department heads for lunch.
As they toured the facility, Kramer told Abraham the work is part of efforts to facilitate the needs of the community while also preparing for possible future changes which may be required as federal regulations, particularly under Obama Care, impact services provided.
“I’m just trying to direct things according to what the community needs,” Kramer said.
“Just the ER alone is going to make a world of difference when it opens up,” Abraham responded.
Later over lunch, Kramer and hospital staff spoke with Abraham about some of the challenges the rural hospital faces.
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