Members of the Audrain Medical Center Board of Trustees met Nov. 15 to hear a report on the new sleep lab, the hospital update, remodeling project update,and to make a policy change.
Members present were Sue Waechter, chairman; Sterling Oliver, vice chairman; Gene Thomas, D.O., treasurer; Bill Dubbert, secretary; and Jo Ellen Craghead, member.
Thomas and Dave Neuendorf, president/CEO of AMC, reported they had toured the new sleep lab located on the second floor of the hospital. The project is expected to be completed this week, and Thomas commended the Auxiliary members for their generosity in coordinating and funding the project.
Thomas and Neuendorf also inspected the transformers in the electrical room at Stribling House, reporting that the conduits will have to be replaced. Meyer Electric will do the required work at a cost of $12,000. Also, the hospital is looking into the purchase of a mechanism to do a load test of the new generator in Stribling House. The test is required once a year, and currently costs $2,000 each time.
Neuendorf reported that AMC's total maintenance and repair costs for this year will end up about where they were last year.
He gave the following hospital report: 1) AMC is working with the clinic internist group to cover open hospitalist shifts; 2) A second installment of Medicaid meaningful use monies in the amount of $175,000 for achieving Stage I year two status with the hospital electronic health record should arrive soon; 3) Clinic EHR work started this summer, and he reported AMC will apply for meaningful reimbursement for the clinics.
Neuendorf also reported that staffing will be adjusted in the emergency room due to a lesser volume of patients. Dr. Scott Simmons has opened an urgent care clinic in Mexico, seeing patients during the week, in the evenings and on weekends. Neuendorf said Simmons' urgent care clinic is good for the community as it will be less costly for patients with minor illnesses to go to there than to go to the emergency room.
In continuing reports, Neuendorf said AMC had a tabletop disaster drill Nov. 7 with Kari Wilson, vice president of clinical services/COO as Incident Commander.
He also stated AMC is working on a social media policy.
In Old Business, Wilson reported that samples had been taken from the old nurses' dormitory by an engineering company, and that their report would have to be received before going to the next stage. Wilson will keep the board informed of progress.
In New Business, Neuendorf reviewed a change in the open meeting policy. Under the Practices section, the word "the" in line four of the first paragraph will be changed to "any open" meeting. The suggestion was presented as a motion by Thomas and seconded by Craghead. The vote was unanimous to accept the change.
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Dec. 20.