August 1, 2012 Edition

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LHS board hears reports

The Lawrence Health Services Board of Governors met on July 23 and received reports from Lawrence Health Nursing Center and Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

LHNC Director of Nursing Debbie Wheelis presented the quality assurance report, and noted an average daily census of 155. Goals, which were developed by the staff, were discussed and approved by board members.

The primary focus areas include weight loss, fall rate and urinary tract infections. The overall score reflects a four-percent improvement compared to last year's scores.

Vanessa Wagner, CPA and CFO, reported on the progress of the annual audit that is being conducted by BKD. Currently, no issues have been identified.

During the meeting, board members reviewed equipment for approval. Members agreed to purchase two Nihon Kohden emergency department monitors for $13,080.52 as part of the Rural Health Revolving Grant. The grant will provide a 50 percent reimbursement match.

Also, members agreed to purchase a patient power safety lift for radiology to lift and maneuver patients around radiology equipment. The equipment will be purchased from Arjo for $6,068.46.

Wagner also provided members with an update on the installation of Lawson software. The accounts payable portion of the software has been implemented and checks can be printed using the software. The On Base portion will be implemented in the near future.

LMH Director of Nursing Rosalind Casillas gave the quality and safety report. The report included the hospital's core measures, which showed 100-percent compliance and continued number one position for Critical Access Hospitals in Arkansas.

The healthcare association infection report reflected no hospital-acquired infections for the month of June, and the length of stay report reflected a stay of 3.70 days for acute care and 10.10 for swing bed.

Interim Administrator George Fray briefed the board on the continued effort to elevate the HCAHP consumer survey scores. The scores are continuing to trend upward with a goal of 95 percent set.

He also reported that a pediatrician has shown interest in being affiliated with the hospital.

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