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During this week’s hospital Board of Trustees, JCMH Authority, it was said that Jackson County Memorial Hospital is currently working with the Altus Air Force Base in trying to offer some type of non-ER care for base personnel after-hours and on weekends.


Also during Steve Hartgraves report, he announced that the results of the 2014 Employee Satisfaction Survey ended with a response rate of 94.8% which is the highest ever for JCMH and a tie with the national response rate. He also said that a few of the board members attended the annual VHA Oklahoma/Arkansas Conference in New Mexico. The two-day event focused on current trends in health care reimbursement, quality initiatives, regulatory requirements and future challenges.


Hartgraves also said that the Executive Management and the Studer Group coach have developed the JCMH Organizational Goals for 2014 – 2015. Each of the goals is assigned to a Studer pillar and carries a relative weight, which is based on leadership’s estimation of organizational impact and priority.


JCMH was also said to be working with VHA Managed Care Consulting Manager to discuss network participation options related to Blue Cross products currently being offered in Altus and surrounding communities. The purpose is to identify opportunities to increase patient volume and reduce outmigration of patients for services offered by JCMH. Hartgraves also met with the Medical Staff on May 5 to discuss physician recruitment needs and other strategic initiatives. Summary information needs will be included in a strategic initiatives brief being prepared for the board to be reported early this summer.


Jim King reported from the Performance Improvement Committee meeting that was held on May 7, and Hartgraves reported that the outreach clinics contributed a total of 204 admissions and 136 outpatient surgeries and observations to JCMH for the month of April.


Brett Willey reported on physician recruitment. Recruitment efforts continue in Pediatrics. Dr. Kirsten Williams, Psychiatrist, will join the Counseling Center in August. Dr. Kimberly Wirths, Family Practice, will join the Medical Clinic in August and Dr. James Trent, Family Practice, will also be joining the Medical Clinic.


Fixed Assets from Funded Depreciation and Designated Funds to Funded Depreciation were approved in the amount of $395,003.13.


The board approved the annual review of the Infection Prevention Plan and the Infection Prevention Authority Statement as presented.


Dr. Zakhary reported from the Executive Medical Staff meeting that was held on May 12. The following were proposed to the Board for approval:


A. Credentials:


1. Initial Appointment:


a. Samuel “Brandon” Hancock, MD – Diagnostic Radiology, Courtesy Staff


2. Reappointment:


a. Lindsey N. King, MD – Pediatrics, Active Staff


1. Additional Privileges Request


b. Julia M. Rivera, MD – OB/GYN, Active Staff


c. John C. Root, MD – Family Medicine, Active Staff


3. Temporary Privileges:


a. Chantanaros Lertidilok, MD - Pathology


Requests were approved as presented.


Financials for the month of April ended with a net income $99,700 and year to date net income of $350,419.

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