Audrain Medical Center seeks health system affiliation

The Audrain Medical Center has eight interested health care systems willing to form a partnership.
AMC had nine potentially interested parties in its efforts to merge with another health care provider and is using the Branson-based Skaggs Regional Medical Center’s recent merge with CoxHealth, a locally-owned not-for-profit provider of Springfield, Mo., as a model.
“That affiliation is a perfect model,” said AMC President  and CEO Dave Neuendorf at the board’s Thursday, September 27 meeting. “(Skaggs) is a great example of how affiliation works and reduces the cost of care. We’re going to see this across the country. It’s a fascinating trend.”
Under the Skaggs-CoxHealth agreement, which is a “member substitution” model, Skaggs retains its hospital board with CoxHealth acting as a parent company, according to a September 20 statement from CoxHealth.
The statement noted that CoxHealth assumed the responsibilities previously held by Skaggs’ board of trustees but both Skaggs and CoxHealth have representation on each other’s respective hospital boards.
“This allows both parties to act together as one entity for the purposes of contracting, recruitment, and growth,” according to the statement.
President’s Report
AMC has expanded its orthopedic services with the addition of Dr. Seth Sherman, a sports specialist accepting Medicare.
Neuendorf reported the AMC Auxiliary received an “Auxiliary of the Year” award from the Missouri Hospital Association.
He said the hospital was listed among the Top 50-percent, or 42nd in the nation, for its readmittance rate of congestive heart failure patients.
Remodeling Project Update
Kari Wilson, FNP and vice president of clinical services, presented a remodeling update.
She said AMC received contact from a company with the state for bidding but has not had further contact.
Wilson reported that the Sleep Lab will be moved by December 1 from the Ambulatory Surgical Unit to 2 West. The move allows for private showers and a more home-like appearance. The new space is also more accessible for patients and doctors
Revised 2012 Budget
Neuendorf recommended additional money from the AMC tax account be used for maintenance updates. The board unanimously accepted his suggestion.
He said the first update will be used for security at the hospital with new locks and a new security code system.
Second, he said a new projector will be placed in the East Auditorium.
The budget was revised by $30,000. He said $20,000 will be moved into the cash account.
Trustee Inspection
Sue Waechter, RN, presented the board with a report on a recent trustee inspection of the hospital grounds.
She noted the need for a roof replacement soon, as shingles are beginning to crack.

Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 8:25 am