The Decatur County Memorial Hospital Board met on Thursday.
There was a financial report presented to the board. The volumes of the hospital were up in June and surgery was 35 above the budget plan. The severity of patients has dropped since Covid. They are 14.3% about the budget plan and have been struggling with benefits due to high claimants. The hospital is overall doing well for the first half of the year. The report was approved.
The planning committee gave a report. They met on July 6 and went over the community needs health assessment. They had a lot of community involvement marketing including the healthy fair and the 4th of July fireworks. The rehab building floor plans for the first floor are complete. The report was approved.
The finance committee gave a report. They met on July 20 and received a notice of the audit. They got an update on the AR analysis as well as the financial review. They reviewed the capital requests. The report was approved.
The investment subcommittee gave a report. Clearstead and First Financial sent in the quarterly reports. They continued their discussion on the ratios of buckets of investments and have noticed that a slight change in investments could save a potentially large amount of money. The report was was approved.
The quality committee gave a report. They met on July 12 and went over their acronym. The acronym STEEEP- which stands for safety, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient center care- is what they have been focusing on to help keep them focused on what’s important. The report was approved.
The board approved First Financial to be their loan provider of $15 million for the financing of the building project.
CEO Rex McKinney gave an update. There was a tremendous amount of work from the board and the administrative staff on assessing the needs of the community and they thank them for that support. The 4-H fair DCMH tent had members of their team talking to community members and also offering Covid vaccinations. There is a women’s health event coming up that has 70 people signed up. This event will help spread awareness about women’s health and the importance of screenings. McKinney introduced Amy Wickens for the hospital intern program. Wickens had a total of 12 interns this year, the most they’ve ever had, and 4 of them were there to introduce themselves. The interns were: Trey Nobbe who is an IT intern and attends the University of Indianapolis, Erin Haddler who is a Marketing intern and attends IU, Kayla Davis who is a nurse intern and attends IUPUC, and Brooke Owens who is a nurse intern who attends Milligan College. All interns told of how wonderful of an opportunity it was to work at the hospital and they all got a chance to experience things outside of their usual that they would in school.
The capital purchases were approved.
All 1 year provisional periods met were approved. All appointments to the medical staff were approved. All resignations from medical staff were approved. The request for additional privileges was approved.
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