Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Hospital board holds meeting

  • The Samaritan Hospital Board met Tuesday evening. Find out what was discussed here.
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  • The Samaritan Hospital Board of Trustees met Tuesday evening.
    First order of business was Hospital Administrator Berne Orman giving an update on the wound clinic.
    "We are currently at 32 patients which puts us ahead of where we budgeted," said Orman. "So ultimately, I think it is doing well."
    Orman also stated that the parking lot project has been completed and an MRI has been selected.
    "We signed a purchase order for the Siemens MRI today," said Orman. "They agreed to extend the contract of the warranty by six months which is about $49,000 in value."
    During the financial report, Financial Executive Susan Spencer stated June brought in $147,012 in profit, but year to date there is still a loss at $293,215.
    "Our in-patient surgical procedures are down," said Spencer. "Any change at all makes a huge difference. MRI's seem to be off which has been a trend for a few months along with the ER."
    Additionally, Orman made an equipment request from the board to replace 27 old PCs with Thin Clients.
    "The IT department recommended them," said Orman. "It does everything a computer does, but there will be no tower and they are cheaper."
    The board approved this equipment request for a total of $13,365.
    The board wrapped the meeting up with a discussion of a Community Health Needs Assessment.
    "We are required by the IRS as a tax exempt hospital to do this assessment every three years," said Orman. "So this will be our first required year. We are working with several others to do a survey that will help us assess what Macon County really needs."
    The survey will be distributed to a randomly selected group of individuals in approximately two weeks.
    The next board meeting will be September 10.
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