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The Memorial Hospital board approves plan for new phone system

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At its regular monthly meeting Thursday night, the board of trustees for The Memorial Hospital:

• Heard an annual safety report from David Mucha, facility director

• Approved, 6-0, the use of a diagnostic imaging archival system for hospital records

• Approved, 6-0, a proposal to update the hospital and TMH Medical Clinic’s telephone system for $260,000. According to TMH personnel, the system has been in dire need of improvements since before the opening of the new facility in 2009. Grand Junction outfit Tuck Communications will be working with the hospital in renovating the current infrastructure.

John Rossfeld, interim chief executive officer, said this was one of his goals upon stepping into his position and that he thinks the community will greatly appreciate an enhanced phone system.

• Approved, 6-0, the renewal of insurance on hospital-owned vehicles, including maintenance transports and three ambulances

• Approved, 6-0, medical staff privileges as presented by Chief of Staff Jeff Womble, with the exception of privileges for Dennis Kinder, who specializes in internal medicine. Kinder's contract will expire March 15, and he will be taking a position with Rocky Vista University.

• Approved, 6-0, capital purchase requests as presented by the finance committee, including materials from Security Install Solutions, of Denver; a NuStep Cross Trainer; health care communications technology from Imprivata; and surgical technology from Wave Form Systems

• Heard a financial report for January 2014 from Tim Howard, interim chief financial officer. Among the details of the report were a positive $7,000 bottom line for the month as well as the finding that only three babies were born at TMH in January, the lowest number in a year for the hospital, which saw as many as 16 births in February 2013. Howard also recommended that the board appoint someone to be responsible for signing checks on behalf of hospital administration rather than he or Rossfeld, both of whom will only be with the organization temporarily.

Board member Todd Jourgensen was selected for this role.

• Heard a report from Quorum Health Resources representative Wayne Scholz on the ongoing search for a new CEO. Scholz said he and QHR colleague Mike Mullins still are seeking candidates for the job to permanently replace former CEO Chris Smolik. Once hired, the new CEO also will take on hiring a new CFO, filling the slot vacated by Bryan Chalmers.

• Heard from TMH Medical Clinic Director Terri Jourgensen about the progress of March MANness. The program is a health initiative that allows men to receive screenings for prostate, colorectal, heart and hearing issues for a low cost throughout the month.

• Approved, 6-0, a motion that the April 3 meeting of the trustees be moved to 6:30 p.m.

Board member Forrest Luke was unable to attend the meeting.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

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