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Hospital plans to recruit additional surgeon

Josh Nichols

Two weeks ago, while general surgeon Dr. David James went on vacation, The Memorial Hospital officials made the decision to turn away business.

The Hospital was on diversion status for severe trauma cases, which meant trauma patients were sent to different hospitals for treatment.

TMH was on diversion status because it did not have and could not find a surgeon to replace James while he was on vacation.

Other surgeons on duty can handle trauma cases, but not severe trauma cases without a general surgeon on duty.

Tonight at The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees meeting, board members will consider a motion to initiate recruitment of an additional general surgeon so the hospital doesn’t have to make a similar decision again.

“When he’s out of town we don’t have equal coverage,” said Randy Phelps, hospital administrator. “We’re working on an initiative to have a two-person complimentary system.”

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The board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the conference room of The Memorial Hospital.

In other business the board will:

Hear a report from Performance Improvement Director Betsy Bair, concerning the preliminary outcome of a Focused Survey by the Joint Commission.

Consider the re-appointments of John Burke, a non-physician healthcare provider with privileges for audiology and Mark McCaulley, MD: Associate Staff with Privileges in Class III internal Medicine.

Consider advancing Mary Beth Kalmeyer from provisional staff to non-physician healthcare and Peggy Sammons from provisional staff to mental health provider staff with privileges in social worker/mental health.

Consider operating budget planning parameters for the 2002 fiscal year.

Give a property acquisition update and review and discuss the hospital building project.

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