Calhoun Liberty Hospital

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Media Statement re: AHCA Final Order for Calhoun Liberty Hospital

BLOUNTSTOWN, FL (September 16, 2016) – “Earlier this week, the Calhoun Liberty Hospital reached a settlement agreement with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). Based on the administrative complaint filed by AHCA, the hospital was facing administrative fines up to $56,500. Under the settlement agreement, the hospital has until April 3, 2017 to pay $14,500. The balance of the fine ($42,000) will be held in abeyance pending the continued implementation of Agency-directed quality assurance measures for two years.

“Our hospital is a vital part of our community, and we appreciate this opportunity to continue our operations knowing we will be able to satisfy not only our financial obligation, but also our commitment to high quality patient care. Recent visits from AHCA have indicated we are making tremendous progress, and we are immensely grateful to those who have made this development possible.

“Our community needs this hospital, and our hospital needs this community. We will continue growing stronger together.”

– Ruth Attaway, Chair of the Hospital Board

Media Advisory: Calhoun Liberty Hospital to host public Bluegrass concert this weekend

BLOUNTSTOWN, FL (April 25, 2016) – This Saturday, April 30, Calhoun Liberty Hospital and the communities of Calhoun and Liberty counties will host a Bluegrass concert in downtown Blountstown. From 10am to 1pm, the public is invited to enjoy the harmonies of Swiftwater, a local band that plays a fusion of bluegrass, gospel and folk. Read more.

Media Release: Calhoun Liberty Hospital Board Hires Management Company, Names Interim CEO

BLOUNTSTOWN, FL (March 14, 2016)- The Board of Directors for Calhoun Liberty Hospital and Hospital CEO Ruth Attaway today announced the hospital has engaged Alliant Management Services to bring professional management services to the the hospital. Attaway  will transition her responsibilities as hospital administrator and CEO to Interim CEO James Heitzenrater, FACHE beginning this week and will assume the role of Chairman of the Board. Read more.

Media Release: Calhoun Liberty Hospital Releases Corrective Action Plan

BLOUNTSTOWN, FL (February 18, 2016) – Today, Calhoun Liberty Hospital released the corrective action plan as required by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) in advance of the February 19 deadline. The plan was submitted to the agency yesterday to ensure time for delivery and review.

Hospital CEO Ruth Attaway also released the following statement:

“This is a thorough plan that details how our hospital will move forward to implement the corrective actions by March 1, meeting the state’s deadlines and continuing to serve our community. We are extremely grateful to the members of the medical community who have supported us and are helping us meet these requirements, including the Florida State University College of Medicine and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

“Our hospital is providing critical health care services for more than 20,000 residents, and closing our doors is not an option.”

The details of the plan match the deficiencies identified by AHCA. Read more.

Media Release: Calhoun Liberty Hospital, Civil Rights Leader Announce Hospital Task Force

BLOUNTSTOWN, FL (Jan. 11, 2016) — Calhoun Liberty Hospital CEO Ruth Attaway and Rev. R.B. Holmes, Chairperson of the Tallahassee Chapter of the National Action Network and pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, today announced the creation of a task force to work with the Calhoun Liberty Hospital. The task force, which includes medical personnel and community members, will look for best practice recommendations to make to the hospital as well as ways to improve its communication with its community. Read more.

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Media Advisory – Calhoun Liberty Hospital, Rev. R.B. Holmes to hold press conference Jan. 11

BLOUNTSTOWN, FL — Calhoun Liberty Hospital CEO Ruth Attaway and Rev. R.B. Holmes, Chairperson of the Tallahassee Chapter of the National Action Network and pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, will host a press conference at Calhoun Liberty Hospital on Monday, January 11 at 2pm EST. Read more.

Media Statement – January 6, 2016

BLOUNTSTOWN, FL – Calhoun Liberty Hospital CEO Ruth Attaway today released the following statement:

“We have received a copy of the Dawson audio and video from members of the media and while we are still reviewing it, we want to reach out to the community with an immediate statement.

“First, we continue to grieve the loss of a patient and a member of the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Ms. Dawson as well as with our community.” Read more.

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Media Statement – December 23, 2015

BLOUNTSTOWN, FL – Ms. Ruth Attaway, CEO of Calhoun Liberty Hospital, today released the following statement about the death of Ms. Barbara Dawson earlier this week:

“First, our deepest sympathies are with the Dawson Family. To lose a patient and a member of our community is heartbreaking, especially during the holidays.” Read more.

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Security Camera Timeline

Early fall – CLH has 13 cameras recording video and is saving all footage on a virtual server.

First week of November – CLH orders 26 new cameras to integrate into new system for electronic records management. Read more.

General Information on Blood Clots/Pulmonary Embolisms

Calhoun Liberty Hospital has gathered general information about blood clots and pulmonary embolisms, for the purposes of general education. Read more.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Sandi Poreda, APR