In 1979, Clay Logan was still running Stark Bro’s with his brother, Walter, and had just been married the year before to Sally Logan.
He had been introduced to Sally by a Westminster College fraternity brother, Tom Thomas, who was also from Louisiana.
Thomas was in the hospital business and during a conversation with Logan he suggested he run for the Pike County Memorial Hospital Board.
“It sounded like an interesting idea,” Logan said.
That idea turned into a 34-year tenure on the board that ended in April after Logan decided not to run again.
When he took his PCMH board seat, Logan soon made two major discoveries.
“I discovered hospital accounting was a different animal than business accounting because of legal requirements.”
Secondly, “Medicare was new then and that was different. It created a lot of changes to the accounting as it continues to do.
“They have a payment methodology that is a unique animal to understand. Then in the 1980s there was a lot of changes in Medicare reimbursements which has continued on through Obamacare.
“I’m thoroughly convinced that the more government gets involved, the worse things get.”
For the full story, see the June 5 edition of the Louisiana Press-Journal.