October 24, 2007 EditionAlso in this issue...
Audit of services
complete at LHS
Bill Maxwell, president of the governing board of Lawrence Health Services, informed the board at Monday's regular meeting that the annual audit of the system's services was complete. Susan Miller, representing Baird, Kurtz and Dobson, offered the report. She stated that the auditing company received management and employee cooperation.
Miller made the management officials of the healthcare system and board aware of a change in 2008 reporting. The federal government has issued a new reporting standard.
In another bit of good news, Osbahr reported that the annual golf tournament sponsored by the Lawrence Memorial Health Foundation raised $26,845. These funds are monitored by a dedicated board and earmarked for purchases or programs outside the regular budget.
It was also announced that LHS is now offering after-hours mammogram service. Based on the recommendation of medical staff, mammograms will be available every Tuesday evening from 5:30-9:30 p.m. In addition, ultrasound services are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Osbahr reported that the delivery of a new CT scan is on schedule for Nov. 6. "Having access to an emergency service is very important to our patients and others who live or travel through the area," said Osbahr. "Upgrading our CT scan service is to the benefit of all Ñ our physicians, staff and patients."
In other business:
- Dr. Ted Lancaster, medical director of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, presented a review of the activities of the last month. Osbahr provided benchmark scores for the nursing home.
- Sarah Wright, LHNC administrator, indicated that self-imposed goals for patient treatment showed progress over the last report.
- Wright reviewed the census data year to date.
- The nursing home passed its annual survey by the Arkansas Office of Long Term Care with four recommendations for improvement.
The average is 11 per nursing home.
- The finance committee reported that auto and property insurance prices were reduced from last year.
- The finance committee also recommended approval of new fire alarm system repairs.
- Dr. Shawn Peyton, chief of medical staff, provided information on the activities of the physician committees for the past month.
- Osbahr urged all to visit the new ER waiting area that is designated for family privacy while waiting.
- The safety goal of improving safety in using medication was discussed.
- The environmental safety quarterly report was provided, including a report on the results of a countywide disaster drill.
- Medical staff applications were reviewed.
- Policies and procedures were reviewed.
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