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LRMC aims to enhance service
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Skip Teaster talks about the study he is helping conduct for Liberty Regional Medical Center. - photo by Photo by Pat Watkins

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Liberty Regional Medical Center staff is taking a look at how they operate and how the institution is viewed by the community.
“Our purpose for being in Hinesville, Ga., on behalf of Liberty Regional Medical Center, is to provide a strategic planning process and involve the community to enhance the services that are provided to the residents of Liberty County,” Skip Teaster said Thursday.
Teaster is with the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute, which the local hospital hired to conduct the study. He and Jim Young conducted focus groups with residents Thursday and Friday. Local participants were selected by the hospital.
He said they will recommend one-, two-, five-year and possibly even longer range plans to LRMC’s administration and county Hospital Authority.
Their presentation implied they were operating from the premise that Liberty County should have a hospital. Young pointed out it is the only hospital in four adjoining counties; McIntosh, Long, Bryan and Liberty.
Teaster said he and other Fanning employees had interviewed many hospital employees, health care providers, elected officials and others. They also are developing a profile of the community.
“We have voluminous information,” he said.
Teaster did not say when the study would be presented to the hospital, but he did say it would be published so the public could see conclusions and recommendations.
“What we’re going to these folks is what you’ve told us,” Teaster said to participants in Thursday afternoon’s focus group. “And we’re not going to sugar coat it.”
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