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AMC reports less emergency visits

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

The Audrain Medical Center Board of Trustees (BOT) held its regular November meeting Thursday, November 15.

In the president’s report, Dave Neuendorf reported a second installment of $175,000 is expected from Medicaid to help cover expenses for the hospital’s electronic health record (EHR) update, which cost the center about $2 million overall, is expected soon. Neuendorf also reported reduced emergency room visits, which will result in the reorganization of staff.

Other hospital updates

According to the board’s meeting minutes, Neuendorf reviewed the third quarter facility graph, in which maintenance and repairs are expected to be about the same as last year.

Neuendorf reported clinic EHR started in the summer and AMC will seek Medicaid reimbursements in 2013 to help cover costs for the upgrade.

Neuendorf also reported the hospital is working with interns to help cover shifts at the hospital.

A new urgent care facility is opening in Mexico under the operation of Dr. Scott Simmons, who seeks patients during the week, evenings, and weekends.

A tabletop disaster drill was held on November 7. BOT vice president Kari Wilson acted as incident commander.

Neuendorf reported the center is adapting a social media policy to better publicly communicate.

Trustee inspection

According to the minutes, Dr. Gene Thomas, Neuendorf, and David Schulte had completed a tour of the hospital’s grounds.

The group first toured the new sleep lab, which is now located at the west end of 2 South. Painting of the new lab still needs completion with electrical work expected to start soon. The BOT anticipates the sleep lab to be completed by December 1.

At the Stribling House, the group viewed transformers in the house’s electrical room, noting corroded terminals and moisture from conduits from the chillers. The board reached an agreement with Meyer Electric to replace the conduits for $12,000 to be completed at the beginning of 2013. During their tour of the Stribling House, Thomas cited the need of yearly load testing for a new generator installed in the house. Cost for the once-a-year testing will be $2,000 and the hospital is looking into purchasing equipment to handle the testing in-house.

Business items

According to meeting minutes, Wilson said a St. Louis-based engineering company collected samples.

Neuendorf proposed a change in the board’s open-meeting policy, which replaces “the” in the first paragraph of the policy with “any open.”

The next Board of Trustee meeting will be held at 11 a.m., December 20.