NOMC eyes robotic surgery as it looks to future (VIDEO)

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 06:26 PM.

"The people who are in a hospital like ours make a conscious decision to work in a hospital like ours," he said. "If you go to a big, big organization, people are specialists in one area. Our people serve a bigger need.

"There are a lot of misconceptions about being in a community hospital. It's a much more collegial atmosphere. It's a blessing. They back each other up to try not to put too much of a load on each other."

Plenty of recruitment time is spent attracting specialists, Fuller said, adding that staffers constantly evaluate patients’ needs and expectations of growth and demand.

The future

"People think hospitals and health care providers are somehow immune to the general swings of the economy. Beep! Wrong answer," Fuller said. "We're watching what's happening in the federal government and sequestration. The federal government pays a huge amount of health care."

There is some uncertainty surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that President Barack Obama signed in 2010, Fuller said.

"That being said, we're continuously looking around to see what we can do to make things better for our patients,” he said.

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