December 3, 2008 Edition

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LHS board hires
new administrator

The hiring of Terry Lambert as the new president of Lawrence Health Services was announced at the LHS Board meeting on Nov. 24. Lambert, who has 29 years of experience in healthcare, will assume his duties on Jan. 5.

The performance of the Hoxie Clinic was also discussed during the meeting, and it was decided to consolidate the services of the clinic with the Family Medical Clinic at the hospital.

The consolidation will begin after the first of the year. Patients will receive services at the hospital location.

George Fray, interim administrator, reported that customer service scores for the hospital continue to be in the 90s, which is well above national averages. He attributed this to the teamwork of staff and physicians in providing excellent care.

Fray also reported on the growing burden of bad debt and charity. The bad debt has increased 28 percent from the previous year but the current trend has stabilized. Fray also reported on the slower demand for service that can be attributed to the slowing economy. He said this is a major concern for the future.

Dickie Smith, Lawrence Hall administrator, reported that the nursing home is currently operating at its capacity with a waiting list. He also reported on the installation of the Wanderguard security system, which is expected to be completed the second week of December.

In other business:

  • Rosalind Casillas, director of nursing, recommended the purchase of a new Cardiac Telemetry system for the med-surg nursing area and four new monitors for the emergency department. The Nikon Kohden monitoring system will be purchased at a cost of $137,234.80. The new system is a state-of-the-art technology and will provide many new features that are not available with the existing equipment.

  • Casillas presented the quality report for the hospital, which reflected the continued 100 percent scores for the core measures for the third quarter.

  • Junior Briner gave the monthly environmental safety report, which reflected the continued compliance with the projected and The Joint Commission goals for safety.

  • Briner provided the report for the Jellybean Junction daycare center, which reflected a census of 29. He also reported the current director had resigned to accept another job and that interviews were being conducted to name a replacement.

  • Wilma Jones, chairperson of the Foundation, reported that the 12th annual Foundation Golf Tournament was held on Oct. 15. The tournament collected $14,000 in donations and is expected to net $10,000, which will be used to fund scholarships for students in Lawrence County.

  • Dr. Charles Davidson, chief of staff, reported that the medical staff had met and recommended several for Board approval. The reappointments were: Philip Ferguson, consulting-pathology; Justin Ly, consulting-radiology; Andrew Bostaph, consulting-radiology; Michael Haughey, consulting-podiatry; Shawn Peyton, active-family practice; and Darrin Ashbrook, consulting-emergency medicine.

  • Baird, Kurtz and Dodson, CPAs presented the results of the annual audit. The report reflected that Lawrence Health Services continues to be solvent, and the audit reflected no unusual occurrences or events.

Sharon Clements, director of nursing for Lawrence Hall, presented the board with clinical and non-clinical quality assurance items. The report reflected that goals are being met and results are above state and national averages.

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