TO: All University Employees
FROM: Clay Jones, Director of Human Resources
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Last Thursday, David Rock (Chair of Faculty Senate) and I met with Mr. Jim VanderSteeg (Administrator/CEO of Oxford Baptist hospital) to discuss problems with the Baptist Emergency Room physicians not being in the state AHS network, the Radiology group, and various communication issues between the Hospital and Oxford based state employees.
Mr. VanderSteeg was very cooperative
and has pledged to work with us to hopefully avoid problems in
the future. As was mentioned in an earlier email, employees
who have received a bill from an Emergency Room visit that was
not reduced to the network rate can contact Ms. Diane Kemp for
Effective August 1, 2003 a new
group will be taking over the Emergency Room. This group is
contractually obligated to participate in the AHS network. Although
all of the paperwork is not finalized, I have verified with AHS
that the contract process in underway and there should not be
Many of you also know that other
specialty groups have not been in the AHS networks at various
times. The Radiology group was not in the network earlier this
year but have now joined as of July 15, 2003. Baptist is also
working with AHS and the Radiology group to see if they can make
We will pass along any further updates as they become available.