Improvements to the physical appearance of Audrain Medical Center were among the topics discussed at the Board of Trustees’ meeting held on June 27 in the Administrative Conference Room.
In his June trustee inspection report, Chairman Sterling Oliver told those present that he teamed up with Dave Neuendorf and David Schulte for a recent tour to look at improvements to the appearance of the grounds made by landscapers.
Currently, the limestone brick on the face of the hospital on Monroe St. is being power washed. It was noted the work will make a marked difference in the appearance of the building.
Oliver also reported on interior projects like the new physicians’ lounge being relocated in a room off the quality management department. Remodeling has been completed by AMC staff and the projected completion date is August 1.
The former lounge is being converted into a new chapel with a completion date of September 1.
It was noted that federal regulations require AMC to have a breast feeding station for visitors and employees. The space formerly occupied by human resources is being remodeled for that purpose.
Bathroom facilities are also available in the same area. The remodeling will be minimal as it requires only some painting and simple furnishings. Completion of the area should take two weeks.
Vice-President of Clinical Services/COO Kari Wilson gave the remodeling projects update. She said the AMC Auxiliary has chosen updating HealthWorks and Cardiac Rehab for this year’s project. They will be painting and putting down new flooring. The Auxiliary is also sponsoring a sprucing up of the cafeteria garden. The walking area in the garden will be extended and concrete will be poured.
Booths in the cafeteria will need to be replaced. The booths will likely be replaced with large round tables as this is more cost effective than redoing the booths and will better accommodate patrons.
Wilson then presented the president’s report in Neuendorf’s absence.
It noted that the two along with Kim Rettenmaier, M.D. and Martha Sydow recently attended an SSM Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Sydow was invited to talk about the vision of quality care and how she was able to connect with the African-American population in Mexico to promote awareness of cancer screening.
The program reportedly has grown from a handful of African-American women to almost 200.
A different AMC employee will be selected next year to represent AMC. Other item’s in the President’s Report include the date of the annual board retreat being Thursday, August 22 at Steinman’s Hall, an Auxiliary Dinner set for Saturday, September 21, and a note that the AMC Foundation raised close to $20,000 in their recent golf tournament. The funds will be used to replace the gurneys in the emergency room at AMC.