County pushes on Weems employee benefits

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 11:44 AM.

He said the economic downturn and the absence of local doctors has taken its toll, but that the future can be bright by making the recent choices.

“There’s a certain urgency here,” he said. “It does take time to get somebody. We have a wonderful community and we have a hospital that’s on the rise with dedicated staff, we have TMH (Tallahassee Memorial Hospital) and we have a med school (Florida State).

“A lot of times people come to you wanting money,” Stockwell said. “What needs to happen is a focus, a commitment, and cooperation and people talking to each other. We do have a lot of resources; we need community involvement.”

Stockwell said he is meeting on June 26 with a dean at the Florida State School of Medicine to see about putting a medical student at Weems for a rotation during the summer.

“You do not want to lose your health care industry in this town. It’s clean, it’s high-tech,” he said. “It spends $5 million in the local economy and that could easily double with a caregiver here. They want to come where there’s good health care.

“You do have competition, serious competition. If we as a team let those services go elsewhere, the community’s going to lose money,” said Stockwell.

He said more marketing could be done to underscore the quality, skilled people working at Weems, and to look at enhancement of services, such as the stroke program, and the benefits provided by telemedicine.

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