The Glenn Medical Center in Willows is under new management, and Colusa County residents should be familiar with the person at the helm.
According to the Sacramento Valley Mirror, Gia Smith – who is the CEO of American Advanced Management Group, which is affiliated with Dr. Gurpreet Singh’s Central Valley Specialty Hospital – was named as the new CEO of Glenn Medical Center last week.
Smith, of course, is also the CEO of the recently reopened Colusa Medical Center, which also falls under the umbrella of American Advanced Management Group, formerly known as American Specialty Healthcare, Inc.
In a written statement printed by the Sacramento Valley Mirror, a Glenn County publication, Smith announced the agreement between Glenn Medical Center and American Advanced Management Group “to establish a new operations team focused on enhancing the service the hospital provides for this community and allowing the hospital to continue operation.”
Smith is also quoted as saying that the agreement “also formalizes a relationship with Colusa Medical Center, this hospital’s new sister facility.”
What does that mean for the Colusa Medical Center?
“Together the two can establish shared leadership and resources such as the addition of clinical staff,” Smith said in the statement. “We are currently recruiting and hiring registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and other needed anciallary staff to ensure that both communities can take advantage of an expanded set of healthcare sercies that were not previously available to either county. It’s this type of strategic partnership that will renew this hospital, and prepare it to provide care to the community it serves.”
In a phone interview on Monday, Smith reiterated many of the points she made in the written statement.
“We felt (entering into) that management agreement would work well with Colusa, bringing two small, rural hospitals together in order to make sure that the patients and the communities are able to get quality healthcare,” Smith said. “With the merging and making the two hospitals sister hospitals, we can give more services to the communities, work with more doctors because it gives them more patients to see, we can make sure that each clinic has certain specialties so that they can overlap each other and help each other…
We’re going to have the management teams work together to make both hospitals strong and to make sure that both are able to give the needed services to the communities.”■