(ATOKA, OKLAHOMA) -- Hospitals around the nation, and here in Texoma are consolidating and sharing services in an effort to save money in today's tough health care industry.
The health care industry is ever-changing. Hospital administrators are tasked with keeping up with new guidelines and evolving technology, but One Texoma hospital administrator says he's found a solution.
Paul Reeno, Pushmataha and Atoka County Medical Center CEO, " to share not only administrative services but staffing in an effort to consolidate services and cut expenses in today's uncertain health care industry."
The shared service agreement between Pushmataha County Hospital and Atoka County Medical Center allows the two hospitals to share doctors, surgeons, nurses, and equipment, something that's allowed the hospitals to obtain resources they wouldn't have been able to otherwise.
Dr. Pardue says, " we've been able to bring some sub specialties that if we didn't combine would not have services in these small areas."
The hospitals have been able to save significant amounts of money since combining services which has allowed them to add a physical therapy program, an MRI machine,and state-of-the-art surgical equipment.
Dr. Pardue " it's crazy how expensive all the equipment is."
Hospital CEO Paul Reano says many rural hospitals face doctor shortages but since sharing services Pushmataha and Atoka county hospitals no longer face that issue."
Dr. Pardue, " we've been able to do more based on the fact that we all work together when you have just an individual physician they just can take all calls 24/7"
Reano says he believes sharing services is the future of health care," as we look for ways to cut expenses and make health care more efficient you're gonna see these types of things occur throughout the industry."