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LHS continuing work toward
assisted living facility


The Board of Governors of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center and Lawrence Memorial Hospital met on March 24.

Lawrence Hall Nursing Center

Dr. Ted Lancaster, medical director, and Debbie Wheelis, director of nursing, presented quality reports, which reflected that all measures were acceptable and met standards.

LHNC Administrator Josh Bryan gave a report on operations that showed a census of 140 patients. The facility is license for 179 beds but currently has 28 private rooms, which results in only 151 beds available.

Bryan also reported on the continued progress of the assisted living facility. He reported that he continues to submit information to the USDA in an attempt to secure funding for the project. He also presented a request to the board to purchase new furnishings for 10 resident rooms for $11,860.80. The request was approved.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Director of Nursing Rosalind Casillas presented the quality and safety report for the hospital. The report reflected that the hospital is performing at a 100 percent level of compliance for the treatment of CHF and pneumonia.

The presentation also reflected that the hospital is ranked number one in the state for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid quality measures.

The medical staff recommended the following physicians and allied health for medical staff membership: Richard Carregal, DO, teleradiology, and Rebecca Flores, DO, teleradiology.

The following were recommended for reappointment: Phillip Fulkner, sleep study; Larry Johnson, MD, radiology; Vladimir Karpitskiy, MD, teleneurology; Tanya Simpson, sleep study; Roger Troxel, MD, family medicine; Kyle Walker, DO, teleradiology; and Joseph Wilson, MD, pathology. The recommendations were accepted and approved.

Vanessa Wagner, chief financial officer, gave the financial report and showed that admissions and services are less than budget, which is following the national trend.

Contractual adjustments are also higher than budget last year, and the loss for the past eight months of the fiscal year is $618,000. The additional half-cent should offset the deficit in the future.

Wagner also gave an update on the implementation of the Meditech Electronic Health Record, which went into effect on Tuesday. St. Bernards is providing the training staff and there have been several months of preparation devoted to the new implementation.

During the meeting, board members also approved the emergency physician professional liability insurance for $21,665, and approved First National Bank's annual trustee fee of $3,642.03 for managing the self-insured trust.

Also, board members voted on Xerox software design changes in the payroll system not to exceed $29,000, and approved the annual General Electric Ultrasound service agreement for $10,293.

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