TMH Board takes action at Thursday meeting

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At its regular meeting Thursday, The Memorial Hospital Board:

• Approved, 6-0, provisional medical staff privileges for one emergency medicine physician, two certified registered nurses and one hospitalist. Board members also approved reappointment of a certified registered nurse anesthetist and a radiologist.

• Accepted, 6-0, the hospital’s 2012 strategic plan, which includes goals for growth, staff, quality, organization and finances.

• Accepted, 6-0, the hospital’s 2011 annual safety report. The hospital’s disaster plan has been updated, and plans to monitor security at TMH facilities and conduct a patient safety survey are ongoing.

• Discussed a proposal to move TMH Rehabilitation Center to TMH Medical Clinic this spring. The hospital board approved spending up to $125,000 to renovate the clinic, but the lowest bids for the project came in at around $180,000, Jennifer Riley, TMH chief of organizational excellence, said Friday. Hospital officials will postpone the project and bring it back to the board at a later date. Until then, the Rehabilitation Center will remain at its current location in Centennial Mall.

• Heard a report from Chief Executive Officer George Rohrich. Dr. Scott Ellis, current chief of staff, has expressed interest in the chief medical officer position, a new supervisory role at the hospital. TMH officials are discussing the position.

• Heard a report from Chief Financial Officer Bryan Chalmers.

“We had a great January,” Riley said Friday. “We’re under budget.”

• Heard a report from Riley, which included a $50,000 grant request The Memorial Hospital Foundation submitted to Colorado Rural Health Center. If granted, the funds would pay for IT upgrades at TMH Clinic.

• Heard a report from Chief Nursing Officer Lorraine Reinhardt. Plans to make TMH campuses tobacco-free are ongoing, and hospital officials are working with local clergy to create a volunteer hospital chaplaincy program.

Note: Board member John Kinkaid was absent Thursday.

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