The Memorial Hospital seeing more patients

In other action

The Memorial Hospital Board:

• Approved, 7-0, a recommendation by the Joint Conference Committee to accept general surgery clinical privileges.

• Approved, 7-0, a recommendation by the Joint Conference Committee to close the specialty of oncology except under exclusive contract. According to the committee minutes, this is to provide business protection for a start-up oncology service through St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, which will be offered an exclusive contract to operate at TMH.

• Approved, 7-0, The Memorial Hospital Financial Assistance Policy.

The Memorial Hospital has admitted 30 percent more patients in 2010 than at the same time last year, according to TMH Chief Financial Officer Bryan Chalmers’ monthly report.

The busy month of February also produced a net income of $208,000 and a gain of $83,000 in operations, which Chalmers and TMH Chief Executive Officer George Rohrich hailed as a positive, significant increase.

However, the volume increase did not go unnoticed in the hallways of TMH.

Chief of staff Larry Kipe said he has heard feedback from medical staff that there has been staffing shortages in certain areas, as well as an occasional shortage of beds.

“There appear to be nursing shortages,” Kipe said. “We’ve diverted some people because we might not have had enough beds, but we might also have been understaffed at times to take care all of those people.”

Interim chief clinical officer Beka Warren said the hospital is taking steps to deal with the increase in volume, which she thinks will sustain in future months.

She said the hospital has increased the number of nurses on staff from three to four and is training five new nurses to “get the staff up to par levels.”

In another adjustment to the increased volume, the board was asked Wednesday to approve the purchase of licenses for Point of Care software so that nurses and doctors can access patient records from different computers more readily.

Warren said the nurses were coming across a problem where they would try to log into the software and were blocked because of licensing issues.

The board approved, 7-0, the purchase of new licenses.

At the hospital, the new licenses will cost $13,600, and $1,100 per month for the TMH clinic license.

An additional license for a fetal monitoring system also was approved at $2,500.

Chalmers said these requests were made because of “safety issues, efficiency issues, availability to work issues.”

“We identify certain criteria to make sure it’s an important enough thing to make request,” Chalmers said.

However, adding staff and software licenses will not affect the times when the hospital does not have enough beds for all the patients that doctors recommend be admitted as inpatients.

“We’ll hold them sometimes in ER, or they can also be transferred,” Warren said. “But we really try not to transfer them because it’s hard on the families. We have opened up the intensive care unit and have put regular patients in there because it’s important for a patient to be in a bed.”

The Memorial Hospital is licensed as a critical access hospital, meaning it can have only 25 beds. If TMH added beds, it would become an acute care hospital and its reimbursement schedule and other dramatic changes would come into play.

Still, Warren said the hospital will meet the challenge and privilege of serving more patients.

Rohrich agreed that the volume increase it was an exciting, positive sign.

“We continue to be busier than we’ve ever been in memorable history — it’s encouraging,” Rohrich said. “More business is one of our goals to utilize our people and our resources. It’s very encouraging and very positive.”

Comments

McGruber 4 years ago

JusttheFacts in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1..........

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justthefacts 4 years ago

McGruber, Thank you for the introduction!!

Fact: TMH was told that a new facility would increase business 20-30 %.

Fact: TMH management and it's expert company, Quorum Health Care, failed to plan again!!!

Fact: Patients have been left unsupervised for hours.

Fact: Some of those patients have even hurt themselves and not been noticed by staff.

Fact: Some patients have been left on bed pans or in the bathroom for hours.

Fact: The Hospital Board and the County Commissioners continue to allow mismanagement. ( Could the relationships between the two enities hinder needed changes?)

Fact: The Community is lucky to have a great new hospital.

Fact: The community is unlucky enough have the same old culture that made the old TMH a sometimes undesirable place to be.

Fact: Culture starts at the top.

Just The Facts

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jeff corriveau 4 years ago

So let me get this right: TMH is doing better than anticipated, both in patient numbers AND income. That's great news! Hey Stan, where art thou?????? Cmon we need a little negativity now and again!

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David Moore 4 years ago

Out of all your so called "facts", only two actually are facts:

Fact #1: "TMH was told that a new facility would increase business 20-30 %." This is true so far, we are busier than ever and continue to be.

Fact # 7 "The Community is lucky to have a great new hospital." We could not have one at all, as some seem to wish for. I feel very fortunate to work in such a great facility with awesome people.

All the rest is just hearsay as usual. Please provide your evidence and proof for the rest of your so called "facts", I'm interested to hear them. Thank you.

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twin2175 4 years ago

Justthefacts, Why does a positive article written in the paper always contain negative comments by you. Why is the CDP Forum a place for you to continue to air your personal hatred towards the hospital, and other areas of the city? Have you tried to talk to the management at the hospital about the problems you have? If the were one of the patients that you discussed in your post, talk to their Executive team? If you were not the patient discussed in your post, then it is nothing more than hearsay, and not “Notthefacts”. I think that it is good that the hospital is busy. I know that every time I go up to the hospital, I see a more positive and helpful attitude from the staff. If you feel that the Board is mismanaged, then maybe you should put in your interest to be on the Board the next time it has a vacancy. Have you ever attended one of the Board meetings? I know that the meetings are open to the public. The hospital website says that the meetings are held the last Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.

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justthefacts 4 years ago

Fact: The facts are the facts are the facts!!!

Fact: Many times the facts are hard to accept.

Facing the facts will hopefully encourage change or improvements.

Fact: Unless we know the facts in our own lives we can not make changes. People tell us what we want to hear and not necessarly what we need to hear.

Fact: Most people will lie rather than telling you the truth in an effort not hurt your feelings.

Fact: We can only improve through knowledge of the truth and then taking action.

" The sons of all of us will pay in the future if we of the present do not do justice in the present".

Not my words. You can guess who.

As always: Just The Facts

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JohnPonikvar 4 years ago

Profound words from Theodore Roosevelt Mr. Facts. History has judged President Roosevelt as one of our greatest presidents because he spoke for what he felt was right and just, although sometimes unpopular..

As silentman pointed out in another post, Saed Tayyara worked hard for, and respected those that elected him. He also spoke out even when it required challenging someone or some idea.

Both of these men can be used as examples for the rest of us.

John Ponikvar

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STANHATHHORN 4 years ago

Silentman, Your words, “So let me get this right : TMH is doing better than anticipated, both in patient numbers AND income.”--- TMH February 2010 P/L statement indicated a year to date net income of $208.000. During that period, TMH received revenue from sources other than hospital operations of $256,000, ( 3-mil tax, grants, etc.) So, profits from operations as a hospital were a minus ($48,000). Silentman, there is a NEGATIVE!! Given that all 25 beds were utilized during this reporting period, where is the potential for profits to sustain the soon to be $350,000 monthly payments?

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