Kiwanians hear hospital history

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 09:45 AM.

Blitch said the hospital provides many free services to the community, such as free screenings at events, educational luncheons, awareness events like the Heart Walk and tours for students giving them information on what it takes to become a doctor, nurse, technician, etc.

“We feed the children every year at the Holmes County Public Library’s end of the year celebration,” she said. “That’s just to name a few of the services provided to the community.”

This biggest service, she said is called Bad Debt and Charity.

“This is where we forgive bad debt for our customers,” said Blitch. “In 2007 we gave back $1 million in debt and in 2012 we gave back $2.5 million. If we were a typical business that kind of expenses would’ve done us in, but we’re about the community.”

Donna Burroughs with DMH spoke on the difference between HMOs and PPOs, which is HMOs allow you to pick your physician, while a PPO has a group of physicians to choose from.

“Always ask questions when choosing,” said Burroughs. “These plans open on Oct. 11 and end on Dec. 7, so take your time in choosing. Remember to ask the important questions, like what you’re responsibility will be and what do they cover.”

Doctor and Chief of Staff for DMH Patrick Hawkins spoke on how appreciative he was of DMH.

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