AMC set to build new chapel
As part of Audrain Medical Center’s merger with SSM Health, AMC is building a new chapel in the hospital.
According to the draft minutes of the AMC Board of Trustees May 23 meeting, the Catholic chapel is slated to be completed by Oct. 11.
That was one of several results from the board’s most recent trustees’ inspection. Others were:
• Repairs to main driveway to the hospital emergency room is still under way
• A report that the Evergreen trees at the hospital’s main entrance have succumbed to the effects of last year’s drought, died and need to be removed and possibly replaced.
• The information technology department’s server location has some issues with the roof according to trustee Bill Dubbert: “More of a concern is the roof on the building which has exceeded the normal useful life.
An additional concern appears to be maintenance of the backup generator. For load testing the generator needs to generate at least 30 percent of its output capacity. According to the minutes the IT department, at maximum activity only requires 16 percent generator capacity. The minutes state that means the hospital has to hire “outside intervention,” for the testing, which will cost them $2,000 annually.
In other business the trustees received a remodeling update from vice president of nursing Kari Wilson.
Among other things she said the hospital has designated a mothers’ breastfeeding area in the former Human Resouces department location. Wilson said federal regulations require the hospital have such an area and it will be remodeled to meet the users’ needs.
She also said the AMC Auxillary has decided upon their next annual project. The auxillary is supporting some remodeling of the cardiac rehabilitation and HealthWorks area. The work should be done in early fall or late summer. The work will be accompanied by some sidewalk improvements as well as work on the cafeteria garden.