The Board of Trustees met Thursday, October 23 with Bill Dubbert, Chairman; Sterling Oliver, Vice-Chairman; Gene Thomas, D.O., Treasurer; and Peter Perll, M.D., member. Staff attending were David Neuendorf, President and Renae Rowe, Executive Assistant.
Bill Dubbert presented the October trustee inspection report. He reported that he, David Neuendorf, and David Schulte viewed the linear accelerator being installed in the cancer center. Once it is completely installed the machine will be calibrated and inspected by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The group then viewed the portable CT scan unit located on the north side of the hospital by the loading dock. The mobile unit will be used until the new CT is operational.
Completion of both projects is anticipated around the end of the year. Both units will allow us to add new modalities and expand our services.
Dr. Perll reported an issue with hot water in the GI lab. Neuendorf will check into the problem.
Neuendorf reported that effective October 14 the hospital’s new name is officially SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain and it’s sister hospital is known as SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Jefferson City. New signs are being put up to reflect the change.
The value based purchasing analysis with Medicare shows SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain earning a small bonus and progress is being made toward becoming exceptional with SSM St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain being the only SSM hospital meeting or exceeding all readmission goals and are tied with another hospital for the lowest rate of hospital acquired infections.
The recent TV commercial filmed at St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain is being aired and contains footage from both hospitals.
Work continues on Ebola Preparedness Plan should the need arise of needing to deal with a suspected or confirmed Ebola patient.
The Audrain Auxiliary will be receiving the MHA Auxiliary of the Year Award for the fourth time in the last eight years.
A solution to the hospital sign by the Love Street stop sign is being discussed and a couple options being considered.
The new St. Mary’s Hospital-Jefferson City opens on November 16 and trustees are invited to attend the Open House on November 1.
Neuendorf reviewed the September hospital county financials.
Dubbert reminded the Trustees that the November meeting will be held on Thursday, November 20.