JaVar Myatt-Jones has been deeply involved in the medical industry as a resident, Family Medicine physician, and clinician for many years. As a family physician in the city of Tuscumbia, Alabama in the northwest corner of the state, Myatt-Jones has seen how politics and public policy has affected the medical industry where he works. Sometimes his patients benefit from certain state and federal regulations, and other times they don’t. Navigating new regulations and longtime political foundations and differences have long been a part of his job.
In Florence, a longstanding dispute between RegionalCare Hospital Partners and the Helen Keller Hospital has lasted for years before JaVar Myatt-Jones moved there to work as a Family Medicine physician. The City of Florence supports RegionalCare Hospital in their efforts to build a new, 280-bed hospital facility in the economically depressed area of East Florence, but the move was contested by Helen Keller Hospital and the RetEd Animal Shelter. This dispute continues all around JaVar Myatt-Jones and his practice even though the Alabama Court of Appeals approved the construction of a new hospital in 2015. RegionalCare has acquired and demolished all properties in the East Florence area in preparation for its new hospital with the noted exception of the RetEd Animal Shelter.
JaVar Myatt-Jones has seen the effects of the ongoing dispute from the perspectives of many residents of Florence. While he may not be directly involved in the decision-making processes surrounding this dispute, he will see the fallout in either direction.