March 26, 2008 Edition

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LHS adds equipment at nursing home

The Board of Governors of Lawrence Health Services were informed of new equipment purchases for Lawrence Hall Nursing Center at Monday night's meeting.

Wilma Jones, a member of the LHS Foundation, reported that a pacific bathing system has been purchased for the 300-hall and a cascade whirlpool bathing system for the 400-hall.

These purchases were made possible by the LaRussa trust and will be a real advancement in the services offered by the nursing home, according to Jones.

Jones also reported on the appointment of Danny Gibson to the Foundation board.

Lila Floyd provided the board with an update on the Golden Jubilee fund. The fund was established to assist in updating the hospital as it prepares to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the hospital. The fund, which allows residents of the county to contribute, will assist with the renovation of patient rooms, the nursing station, the dining room and waiting areas.

In other business:

  • Sarah Wright, administrator for Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, presented information on a survey conducted by My Innerview that 90 nursing homes in Arkansas, including LHNC, participated in. Lawrence Hall had a 43.9 percent return rate compared to an average return rate of 35 percent.

    Wright also presented a report on the Quality Assurance program. The two reports reflected continued high marks for services provided by the nursing home.

  • Tonya Hankins, director of nursing for Lawrence Memorial Hospital, presented the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care quality report on core measure data for heart failure and pneumonia for the first through fourth quarter. The report reflects that Lawrence Memorial is among all leaders of quality for Critical Access Hospitals in Arkansas.

  • Junior Briner, vice president of support services, presented the monthly Environmental Safety Report. He reported that the current plan has seven elements to be monitored and that compliance was achieved for all seven elements. He also reported that the Walnut Ridge Fire Department had conducted an inspection and that Ramsey, King, Ferrel and Lensing had conducted a risk survey. There were no deficiencies noted in either inspection.

  • approval was given for the renewal of the insurance for Jelly Bean Junction daycare and purchase of a new scrubber and buffer for environmental services.

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