Hospital to submit grant application for equipment
Washington County Hospital CEO Dennis Hunger reported to the hospital board Thursday that, with the exception of a glitch in a computer program, the transition to take possession of the former Mercy Family Practice clinic has gone smoothly.
Hunger said that the hospital had taken ownership of the clinic on March 1. He said that there had been some organizational changes made to help the transition, including the promotion of Tanya Greiner to administrator over all of the hospital’s clinics.
“It is a big job with a lot of responsibility, and she is going a great job,” Hunger said.
He said that there had been some other changes in personnel. He said the staff at the clinic — now called Family Medicine of the Washington County Hospital and Clinics — had been doing a great job.
The glitches in the computer system, Hunger said, dealt with the speed of the electronic medical records. He said the amount of data was larger than anticipated. He said that had been addressed and this week the system had improved. Another problem involved uploading images of reports to the system, which Hunger said is currently under way. He expects them all to be uploaded by Monday. In the previous system, there were over one million images.
Another problem was transferring discrete data from the former system to the new system.
He credited the staff, saying that any time there has been a problem, the staff had gotten together and found a solution.
In other business, the hospital board:
• approved the purchase of a pre-owned bronchoscope at a cost of $16,995;
• authorized submission of a grant request for $135,000 to the Washington County Riverboat Foundation. The matching grant will be used to purchase a radiography and fluoroscopy system;
• discussed a strategic planning seminar that hospital staff recently attended; and
• held a closed session meeting to discuss peer review.