Penn Highlands CEO Discusses Future of Healthcare
September 12, 2013
DuBOIS- Raymond A. Graeca CEO of Penn Highlands healthcare spoke
about the future of medical services in the area at the Business Over Breakfast
at the Country club yesterday morning. Penn Highlands is a consolidation of
DuBois Regional Medical Center, Elk Regional health center, Clearfield Hospital
and Brookville hospital although they also include clinics, a nursing home and
medical supply company. Graeca said that while there are no other hospitals currently
joining Penn Highlands, they are still thinking about the future and other
healthcare services may be where they expand next.
Itís not just being a hospital system. The hospitals are the
most expensive part of the system. Itís much cheaper to give that Bluetooth scale,
and give a 50 dollar prescription rather than bring in the patient and administer
a full battery of tests or admit them. We may be looking, I would predict, for relationships
with other parts of the healthcare system.Ē Graeca said. Right now we have one item on the menu, just
hospitals but maybe expanding into non-hospital related services is in our
future as well.
Graeca also said that there is a transition from inpatient
care to outpatient which he says means keeping people healthy without them
having to come in. He also said retail health services like the Wal-Mart clinic
or the Emergency care center that is planned for the new DRMC pharmacy building
play a big role in the future of medical care. Graeca also said the better the
hospitals do the lower the insurance premiums for local businesses become.