By JOSH NICHOLS
Daily Press writer
Despite the fact that The Memorial Hospital's Board of Trustees monthly meeting falls on the day after Christmas this month, administration and board members will gather for their December meeting Wednesday night.
Hospital administrator Randy Phelps said he tried to keep Wednesday's schedule light, due to the fact that many people will likely have family at home they want to spend time with.
One of the main items of business will be a final report by Phelps on the hospital's cost reduction effort for the year 2001.
The report will be a positive one, Phelps said.
"The effort was a success," he said. "Our expenses are more than a million dollars below budget."
Compared to the year 2000, he said expenses are down close to $750,000.
"We exceeded the expectations we had at the start of the year," he said. "We were losing money in the year 2000 and we launched the initiative last December. It was imperative to business."
The board will also consider awarding the bid for a remodeling project to create a ambulatory surgery center.
The low bid received was $116,000, Phelps said.
"My expectation is the board will approve to go forward depending on the findings of State Department of Health, who must do an inspection before we convert to a critical access hospital," he said.
In other business:
Community Relations Director Pam Thompson will present a customer satisfaction report.
CFO Roger White will present an information management update.
The medical staff executive committee will make recommendations for the approval of appointments of provisional staff.
Approval of the TMH Management Plan for 2002 will be considered.