Hospital trustees OK capital projects
The Washington County Hospital and Clinics Board of Trustees approved capital purchases during the monthly meeting on April 25.
Information technology director Jennifer Durst presented a request of up to approximately $187,500 to grow the hospital's computerized data center. She said the funds will pay adding needed clinical systems, provide backbone for future addition of applications to streamline processes for clinicians and position the hospital for disaster recovery.
Her report included five capital request forms, additional detail and the benefits of the project.
Linda Six, director of Perioperative Services gained approval from the trustees to purchase up to two new stretchers that will be used by patients having cataract surgery at the hospital. Her written request stated that cataract surgery has been performed at the hospital since December 1985. She also said the new stretchers will be more comfortable for patients, thanks to mattresses which are thicker than the older stretchers in use.
According to Six's request, up to 14 cataract procedures can be done in a day, with an average completion time of 30 minutes. Dr. Gothard performed 395 cataract surgeries last year.
One stretcher will cost approximately $5,800.
The trustees approved the purchase of one or two stretchers, in the event a discount is offered for purchasing more than one.
Chief Financial Officer Steve Sanders presented the March financial report to the board. Total operating revenue in March was approximately $3.2 million, a decrease of $114,620 from February. Expenses increased by nearly $93,700 over the prior month, but were 3 percent under budget year-to-date (YTD). The loss from operations in March was approximately $186,700. The YTD income from operations is $505,351, as compared to a YTD budget of a negative $564,000. The excess revenue over expenses in March was a negative $95,600. The YTD figure is a positive $1,554,942.
The next regularly scheduled board meeting is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, May 30, in the Nicola Conference Room in the hospital.