Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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June 24, 2013

Regaining community confidence

emann@pvdemocrat.com — The level of support and unity around Pauls Valley General Hospital may be growing by the day, but one of most difficult challenges to overcome is proving that lessons are being learned from the past.

As those like PVGH CEO Bridget Cosby can attest, the result of the hard times has created a negative vibe for many, not helped by those who have had bad experiences from their own visits.

Some of them are even here in the community and are still uncertain the facility can be trusted to provide the best medical care.

“It is a challenge to overcome the past,” said Cosby.

“It does put a negative on the hospital, but the thing people need to know… we’ll get to the other side of this.”

While securing loans to keep afloat and searching for new ownership won’t solve these problems overnight, Cosby feels there is no better time than now to take advantage of the progress being made and give PVGH another chance.

The most recent examples of these improvements have been magnified by the relief underway from the Chapter 9 bankruptcy process, which has not only allowed them to start paying off old debt, but actually start to go toward addressing areas where they can be even more efficient.

“We’re not having any issues paying any of our bills and we’re paying them all moving forward and that’s something you get to take advantage of in bankruptcy,” said Cosby.

“We have done really well since we filed for bankruptcy.”

Cosby hopes this offsets the usual feeling that bankruptcy comes with losing things and how they are instead going through reorganizing while a due diligence process continues under their yet to be named suitor.

It is only aided more so by employees who understand that overcoming this pain is only possible if they put the bigger picture ahead of themselves and it is seen on a daily basis through each and every patient.

“They’re probably the most dedicated group of people I’ve seen in a long time,” said Cosby.

“We still have the same great people providing the same great service. They’re going to work as hard as they need to work to turn this thing around.”

In the end, Cosby is thankful the process is being helped by a local government that is satisfied with nothing less than a fully operational hospital. It is a goal that will not be made any easier further on as health care costs continue to rise.

“We have good stories that come out of here all the time. We do save lives every day out here,” said Cosby, mentioning cases like Brent Grimmett, who initially sought treatment here after having a stroke weeks ago.

“The important thing is we’re all working toward a common goal.”

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