Jackson Hospital CEO Appointed to Medicaid Low Income Pool Council

3/18/2013

Marianna, FL, March 18, 2013. Jackson Hospital CEO Larry Meese has been appointed to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration’s (AHCA) Medicaid Low Income Pool (LIP) Council.

The Council is designed to facilitate government support for the provision of health care services to Medicaid, underinsured and uninsured populations. According to National Association of Community Health Centers, “The goals of the Council are to make recommendations on the financing of the LIP; advise the AHCA on the development of the LIP plans; advise the AHCA on the distribution of hospital funds; and submit its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature no later than the first of February each year.” The Florida Senate and House of Representatives appoint 24 LIP council members from statutory teaching hospitals, public, non-profit, for-profit, and rural hospitals, family practice teaching hospitals, federally qualified health centers, two members each appointed by the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and local governments contributing funding. A representative of the Agency for Health Care Administration serves as non-voting chair of the council.

Meese says, “Receiving this appointment provides a state-level voice to the critical healthcare needs of Jackson and surrounding counties’ rural, underserved residents.” He continues, “I am committed to ensuring Jackson Hospital provides the highest quality patient care and extraordinary customer service through our physician partners, Hospital staff, and volunteers.”

Meese has been at the helm of Jackson Hospital as CEO since August 2009.

Jackson Hospital’s mission is “to provide exceptional healthcare to every patient, every day.” To achieve this, the hospital added new services such as infusion and chemotherapy, drug and alcohol medical stabilization, and diagnostic ultrasound services including guided needle ultrasound, to name a few. The hospital recently invested $8.5 in its physical space doubling the size of its ER, renovating the main lobby, adding a new MRI and imaging suite, and consolidating frequently used services in an Outpatient Center. The hospital’s active medical staff now which includes new physicians in the specialty areas of Cardiology, Hematology/Medical Oncology, OB/GYN, primary care, General Surgery, Urology, and Pediatrics. The hospital has also opened a Primary Care Clinic in Sneads to better serve Eastern Jackson County and surrounding communities. For details about Jackson Hospital’s capabilities, visit www.jacksonhosp.com.
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If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Larry Meese, please call Rosie at 850/718-2696 or email her at rsmith@jackhosp.org. 

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