By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent
PAULDING – The Paulding County Hospital (PCH) board met April 3 for a monthly meeting in the Paulding County Hospital Conference Room.
Chief Executive Officer Gary Adkins announced that effective April 2, Mercy Defiance Clinic general surgeons will be providing surgical services at the Paulding County Hospital.
There will be three general surgeons coming to Paulding to perform surgeries and have consultations in the medical office building.
The hospital is excited to enhance local services with this partnership and feel that there will be a greater variety of medical coverage with three individuals from Mercy providing surgical services.
Adkins also reported that the hospital has selected a new group purchasing organization and is expected to save about $45,000 annually without changing supplies.
Due to the hospital’s go-live date with a new computer system in June, Family Health Week has been moved to May for this year.
Patients have requested more opportunities to take part in the reduced fee blood draws so the health fair has also been expanded to six days. A new test for Vitamin D has been added to the test menu this year.
Beginning Monday, May 12 and continuing daily to Saturday, May 17, blood draws will be held in the medical office building. Preregistration packets are now available for pick up at your doctor’s office, at the hospital information desk or on-line at the PCH website, www.pauldingcountyhospital.com.
Chief Financial Officer Rob Goshia told the board that “Meaningful Use” of the Electronic Health Record is on target to go live on June 1. ICD-10 changes have been pushed back to Oct. 1, 2015. ICD-10’s are how healthcare entities code for healthcare episodes.
Goshia also reported that the PCH has experienced significant losses in January and February and a plan has been submitted to the board to insure hospital profitability. The month of March 2014 has seen an increase in volume of services.
Chief Operating Officer Randy Ruge reported that the volume for the new “open bore” MRI’s continues to increase. PCH has been working with Parkview nuclear medicine to discuss the feasibility of performing cardiolite studies at PCH. Parkview is now willing to perform those studies at the Paulding County Hospital due to equipment investments.
Ruge told the board that a hospital-wide guest relations program has been started. This program is presenting ideas on how to create a better experience for patients.
A preferred vendor has been selected in regards to a community pharmacy 340B program. This program should bring enhancements to the hospital’s bottom line.
The next meeting is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. May 1, in the conference room.