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Hospital board to discuss computers

Hospital board members may have the chance Wednesday night to decide whether to approve costs of an additional transportable computer and licensing for eight of the hospital’s other computers.

Costs for the purchases are estimated at a little more than $20,500. Hospital staff already uses a few of the small computer stations on wheels, but The Memorial Hospital Board member Melton Sullivan said another computer is needed.

“It just seems like the nurses are so bogged down with charting,” he said. “They could be more productive if they can do their charting without so much paperwork.”



The “Point of Care” computers are essentially laptop computers on wheels. They cost $4,662 each, including a discount provided by the hospital’s management company.

Licenses for eight of the computers are $16,000, including a discount.



Sullivan said hospital officials might want to spend those dollars on upgrading the sizes of the hospital’s current monitors.

Other options may include trying to mimic the computers’ portable characteristics at a lower cost, Sullivan said.

“We might be able to put something together on our own for a lot less money,” he said.

Agenda items for Wednesday’s board meeting also include a public comment session soon after the meeting’s start at 7 p.m.

The meeting is in the Platinum room of TMH.

Hospital officials will present the results of a customer satisfaction poll and recommend the reappointment of some of the hospital’s medical staff.

Also on the agenda are the financial results for November 2004.

TMH Administrator Randy Phelps will address a monthly report and announce a grant from Colorado Rural Health Center through the group’s Small Hospital Improvement Program.

The hospital received a $9,196 award.


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