May 05, 2010 Edition

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March is good month for LHS

Gretchen Hunt

Lawrence Health Services had a good month financially in March, according to reports made at the meeting of the Board of Governors for Lawrence Hall Nursing Center and Lawrence Memorial Hospital on April 26.

LHNC's revenue in excess of expenses was $74,870, and the hospital showed a profit of $18,193.

The system overall had a profit of $93,063 for the month, but is still showing a loss for the year of $21,065. However, according to Finance Committee Chair Wilma Jones, that is much better than the projected loss of $102,513.

Lila Floyd, chair of the Compliance Committee reported on her committee's meeting held earlier that afternoon. Kathy Atchley, compliance coordinator, had submitted a summary of her audit activity.

The audits, as requested by the hospital, focused on Medicaid billing. Several areas of improvement were identified where the hospital was under billing for the services provided. Corrective action plans have been put in place, and the hospital will re-bill where possible.

Also during the meeting, Floyd reported that the Golden Jubilee Capital Campaign drive is going better than expected. She told the board that she and her co-chair, Danny Gibson, continue to make presentations regarding the project to individuals and groups alike.

As a result of the campaign's success, they hope to provide funds to not only renovate each patient room but also the nurses' station, waiting rooms, doctors' lounge and the tile flooring in the hallways.

In other business:

  • Sharon Clements, RN, director of nursing for LHNC, gave the Quality and Safety Report for the nursing center. The only area off target was "other infections," which was due to seasonal upper respiratory disorders. She also noted that all residents are participating in activities, with 72 percent participating in organized group activities.

  • LHNC Administrator Dickie Smith reported that the average daily census for the month of March was 167.49. He also reminded the board that LHNC would be celebrating National Nursing Home Week May 9-15. Events are planned for residents, family members, and staff on every day.

  • Rosalind Casillas, RN, director of nursing for LMH shared the Quality and Safety Report for the hospital. She reported that LMH continues to meet the Core Measures at 100%.

  • Junior Briner, vice president of support services, gave a report regarding the daycare, Jellybean Junction. He noted that they are currently at capacity, with a waiting list.

  • Briner also reported on environmental safety. He informed the group that all of the fire dampers had been evaluated by an outside contractor and all repairs or replacements had been made. Another area that needs attention is the back laboratory door. Plans are to replace the door with an improved fire rated door.

  • Dr. Kevin Diamond, chief of staff, gave his report focusing on medical staff appointments and reappointments. He also noted that the weekend/holiday hospitalist program continues to work quite well.

  • Jones, who also serves as Foundation chairman, gave a brief update on the Get Fit Lawrence County Project that is being offered through a Blue and You Grant.

  • the board approved the emergency purchase of a commercial washer for the laundry at a cost of $89,000.

  • LHS President Terry Lambert reported that Lindsay Penn had been hired as a part time community relations representative. "It is our hope that she will help provide more community education and information to the general public," he said.

  • Following a brief executive session, the board went back into open session and approved an addendum to Dr. Paul Vellozo's employment agreement to correct some language. In addition, they approved a billing and collection agreement with Dr. Vellozo.

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