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Residents present concerns during hospital authority board meeting

A few residents spoke out about Phoebe Hospital Thursday, telling the Albany - Dougherty County Hospital Authority, that they're not keeping a good enough eye on Phoebe. (Source: WALB) A few residents spoke out about Phoebe Hospital Thursday, telling the Albany - Dougherty County Hospital Authority, that they're not keeping a good enough eye on Phoebe. (Source: WALB)
"When you hear they are employing 4,500 people, I would question that," said Phoebe Factoids Facebook Page Creator Will Geer. (Source: WALB) "When you hear they are employing 4,500 people, I would question that," said Phoebe Factoids Facebook Page Creator Will Geer. (Source: WALB)
"That is incorrect. We do ask logical questions," said Vice President of the Board Fred Ghiglieri. (Source: WALB) "That is incorrect. We do ask logical questions," said Vice President of the Board Fred Ghiglieri. (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

A few residents spoke out about Phoebe Hospital Thursday, telling the Albany - Dougherty County Hospital Authority, that they're not keeping a good enough eye on Phoebe.

Those in attendance said it's not all that common for people to present in front of the board, however, the board said they are glad people are voicing their concerns publicly. 

"When you hear they are employing 4,500 people, I would question that," said Phoebe Factoids Facebook Page Creator Will Geer.

On Thursday morning, all eyes were on Geer in the Dougherty County Hospital Authority Meeting. 

Geer uses the page to post commentary and information he said he's collected about Phoebe.

"There is a complete lack of transparency by this hospital. It's to the point of being absurd," said Geer.

Geer presented information he said he has independently gathered to the Hospital Authority Board about Phoebe. 

Geer said he doesn't believe board members are asking the right questions. 

"I can't tell you why, but I think they have been oppressed in their opinion to ask," said Geer.

"That is incorrect. We do ask logical questions," said Vice President of the Board Fred Ghiglieri.

Ghiglieri also said that if Geer had stayed for the rest of the meeting, specifically when finances were reviewed, he would have heard those questions.

Geer did leave before the meeting ended.

Geer said he thinks his presentation will give them new insights. 

"I think there are some pretty sharp board members and I think in time, those board members are going to start asking the right questions. Right now they just don't know which direction to go," said Geer.

Dr. Henry Barnard, a physician at an Albany surgical center, shared his frustrations with Phoebe, saying physician and administration relationships are 'horrible.'

The board's vice-chair said he's pleased that the public is coming to the meetings.

"I'm glad the community is interested enough to present data and present it to the authority so we can do things with their input involved," said Ghiglieri.

Time limited all of the presenters to 10 minutes. But, the board plans to read through each packet citizens presented. 

"We will take the package that was handed to us, read through it and at our next and future meetings we will pull out the nuggets and discuss," said Ghiliglieri.

Geer primarily resides in Johns Creek, Georgia, but is a native of Albany and owns a CPA firm over on 3rd Avenue. 

The Hospital Authority's Vice-Chairman encourages more people to attend the meetings.

The meeting comes in the midst of a hospital proposal in Lee County. 

Dougherty County commissioners voted Wednesday to send a letter to the Department of Community Health, opposing the Certificate of Need request for the proposed Lee County Medical Center.

Dougherty County commissioners also asked Lee County to work with them on an impact study.

Lee County commissioners have until Monday to respond, but they aren't scheduled to meet until Tuesday, one day after the deadline.

Dougherty County commissioners said they must act quickly in order to hire a firm to conduct the study in a timely manner.

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