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Glenn Medical Center under new management

Willows, Calif--Glenn Medical Center has been at its location on West Sycamore Street since 1949, but there's been several times that they've almost had to close their doors. But now under new management, that won't be the case.

Posted: Jan. 4, 2018 5:22 PM
Updated: Jan. 4, 2018 5:51 PM

Willows, Calif--Glenn Medical Center has been at its location on West Sycamore Street since 1949, but there's been several times that they've almost had to close their doors. But now under new management, that won't be the case.

The American Advanced Management Group, based out of Modesto, is no stranger to operating hospitals.

"One of our values is that we want to make sure that all communities continue to have hospitals," said Gia Smith, the company’s CEO.

The company already operates four, one of those being the one in Colusa.

Smith said she is aware that the Glenn Medical Center has been struggling financially for years and is ready to make necessary changes.

"We see that small community hospitals are somewhat of a dying breed, and we want to make sure that we continue to find ways to have those hospitals," she said.

On their website, the Glenn County Medical Center said that federal and state reimbursement programs weren't paying out enough money to make it possible for them to function.

They, like many other small hospitals, had to rely on donations, grants and private insurance patients.

"Just like Colusa, the facility needs to have the specialized services. The community needs to be able to come and have services in their backyard and that was one of the things we brought back to Colusa, and we want to make sure that we bring those type of community services back to Glenn," Smith said.

Glenn Medical Center is a critical access hospital, meaning the second closest hospital is more than 35-miles away.

For some, that can be a life or death situation in emergencies and that's why it's crucial to bring the hospital up to speed.

"We're asking the community to work with us, we're asking for patience. We're here to work with the community and provide excellent customer service. We're here to make sure this community gets the specialties and services that they need, and we'll continue to work on that," Smith said.

The hospital is going through several repairs right now including painting, upgrades to equipment, and the installation of new lights in its hallways.

The hospital's facilities manager told Action News Now they hope to have many of the upgrades around the building completed in the next 30 days.

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