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After Woes, Lower Bucks Hospital's New CEO Has Vision For Future

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After Woes, Lower Bucks Hospital's New CEO Has Vision For Future

Michael Motte, Lower Bucks Hospital’s newly appointed chief executive officer, has big plans to expand services at the Bristol Township facility, ease the financial burden of uninsured and underinsured patients, and offer innovative programs to promote good health for the surrounding community.

Motte comes to Lower Bucks Hospital with more than 23 years of experience in acute-hospital management. Most recently, he served for eight years as CEO of St. Alexius Hospital, a 337-bed hospital In St. Louis, where he was also president of the Lutheran School of Nursing, affiliated with St. Alexius.

Bucks County offers him new challenges. Lower Bucks Hospital is no stranger to financial woes, bankruptcy, layoffs, and ownership changes. The hospital is now owned by Prime Healthcare Services, based in Ontario, California, a for-profit health system whose multi-faceted mission is “saving hospitals, saving jobs, and saving lives.”

Motte calls Lower Bucks Hospital’s financial status stable; it is breaking even financially, and his vision is to make the facility profitable, first by hiring more staff, including doctors, nurses, and clerical workers. His byword to accomplish his goals is “outreach.”

Just two weeks on the job, he and his team have already been recruiting throughout the local area, and even tapping into a  pool of soon-to-be-displaced staff of all stripes at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia, the 150-year-old hospital scheduled for closure in September.

Lower Bucks Hospital has 175 in-patient beds. Currently, 66 beds are in use, but Motte attributes that to the summer season. He expects the census to rise come fall when summer vacations are over.

“It’s a tough health care market all over the U.S. We at Lower Bucks Hospital have a lot of uninsured and underinsured patients. My job is to capitalize on our future here,” Motte said.

The first of many planned steps debuts on August 5 when the new Lower Bucks Hospital Community Health Center opens its doors.

“The center will be a walk-in, no appointment facility manned by two doctors: a family-practice specialist, and a resident who can treat minor illnesses. It will be less costly than an Urgent Care facility, or an Emergency Room visit,” Motte said.

He also touts a planned wound care center, with the mission of saving limbs, he said.

The hospital will also partner with local alcohol addiction clinics by opening a withdrawal unit where patients can undergo medically supervised withdrawal, which could take several days, before returning to their clinics for detox treatment, Motte said.

“My goal is to assure patients and potential staff members that they can receive the best care here. It is a privilege to be joining an organization that is mission-focused on finding new and better ways to deliver diverse, high-quality health care services in the community.”

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