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Replacement equipment for TMH Medical Clinic about $10,000 under budget

In other action …

At its regular meeting Thursday, The Memorial Hospital Board:

• Accepted, 6-0, a 2011 Medicare cost report.

• Approved, 6-0, medical staff privileges, which included two provisional appointments and six reappointments.

• Heard a report from Jennifer Riley, chief of organizational excellence, that Becker’s Hospital Review selected TMH as one of the 100 best places to work in health care. TMH was the sole hospital in Colorado to be selected for the recognition, Riley said Tuesday.

Note: Board Chairman Don Myers was absent Thursday due to illness. Chairman Elect Don Cook acted as sitting chairman during the meeting.

In other action …

At its regular meeting Thursday, The Memorial Hospital Board:

• Accepted, 6-0, a 2011 Medicare cost report.

• Approved, 6-0, medical staff privileges, which included two provisional appointments and six reappointments.

• Heard a report from Jennifer Riley, chief of organizational excellence, that Becker's Hospital Review selected TMH as one of the 100 best places to work in health care. TMH was the sole hospital in Colorado to be selected for the recognition, Riley said Tuesday.

Note: Board Chairman Don Myers was absent Thursday due to illness. Chairman Elect Don Cook acted as sitting chairman during the meeting.

The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic is on track to receive a new X-ray machine.

"The process has already started," said Jennifer Riley, chief of organizational excellence.

TMH officials updated the hospital board on new equipment at its regular meeting Thursday.

The hospital approved the purchase, along with other items on a capital budget, in November 2011.

The new machine's arrival is undetermined.

The purchasing process is underway, but a shipping date hasn’t been set, Riley said Friday.

The existing machine, which was manufactured in 1995, "is near the end of its useful life," she said.

Hospital officials hope to stave off future mechanical problems by ordering a replacement now.

"If we don't replace (the current machine), we're going to be dealing with a breakdown that's not fixable," Chief Financial Officer Bryan Chalmers said. The new machine can perform exams the current one cannot.

It also features a wider table that can be lowered, making it friendlier for elderly patients and those in wheelchairs, according to hospital documents.

Although X-rays are available at the hospital, having similar services at the medical clinic has advantages, particularly for patients who see visiting specialists, Riley said.

"It's very convenient for the patients to get an X-ray there on site," she said.

The new X-ray machine will fit with future plans for TMH Medical Clinic, where renovations are underway to make room for new pediatric services, Riley said.

Chalmers spoke with Drs. Kristie Yarmer and Kelly Follett—pediatricians scheduled to begin at TMH this July and August 2013, respectively— to make sure the X-ray machine meets their needs.

TMH officials are poised to spend about $10,000 less for the new machine than initially expected.

The hospital's capital budget earmarked roughly $88,000 for the replacement.

The actual cost came in at around $78,000 and includes disposal of the existing machine, Chalmers said. "It's a good price," considering what the clinic needs, he said.

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