Nevada Daily Mail
Nevada Regional Medical Center directors welcomed Dr. Brad Copeland of Moundville, a veterinarian who practices in Nevada, to the board to succeed Julie McKinley, a financial strength committee member who had completed a three-year term and cited a busy schedule in declining to continue her service. McKinley was awarded a plaque in appreciation of her service.
Subject to City Council approval, in February the directors will add a ninth member to fill a long-standing vacancy, complete their nine-member roster and balance the numbers of city and county members, Chief Executive Officer Judy Feuquay said.
Other members are Jenise Burch and Wayne Prewitt of Walker and Cathy Hissink, Dr. Bill Turner, Steve Russ, Financial Strength Committee Chairman Bill Denman and Board Chairman Glenn Rogers of Nevada. Feuquay noted that the board's by-laws require four members each to be from the city and county and for the chairman's residence to be in either category.
In their first meeting since November Tuesday night, the panelists heard NRMC Chief Financial Officer Tommy McGee say the hospital's net operating income in December was $139,283, compared to the budgeted $91,411, with the number of out-patients' visits running 2.8 percent below budget.
Longterm Care Vice President Steve Branstetter reported that net operating income at the Moore-Few and Barone Alzheimer's care centers fell short of December budget numbers by $109,451, primarily because the centers' average daily census was 103.3 as opposed to the expected 114. Burch and Prewitt were absent.
In other business, the board OK'd spending $1,370,799 for emergency room physicians to rotate 12-hour shifts around the clock for two years, including Drs. Phillip Barker, Terry Berry, Randall Booth, Ryan Harrison, Randy Kellenberger, Guy Kline, John Lange, Judy Parton, Srinath Tadakamalla, Turner and John Loney, who will earn $24,000 as ER director.
Other expenditures were $220,000 to Siemens Healthcare for two new ultrasound units with $50,000 coming from the hospital foundation and $20,000 from the auxiliary; $205,000 to Key Rehabilitation for therapy at Moore-Few and Barone Alzheimer's; $95,000 for hyperbaric medicine consulting; $60,900 for Midwestern Sleep Services to provide multi-channel diagnostics; $62,700 for Emdeon Inc. to maintain the ability of the financial services department to submit electronic claims; $29,153 for Iatric Systems to interface the laboratory with the Cerner Corp.'s Healthy Nevada program; $25,884 to CareFusion for a Pyxis Anesthesia System 4000 in the operating room; and $25,200 to Dr. Turner for surgical ER coverage.
In an informational item, the board reviewed prospective building and land improvements that would require expenditures of $36,999 to CareFusion for various electronics; $20,995 to Hamilton Medical for a ventilator; and $8,978 to Stryker Endoscopy for a fiber cystoscope and battery light source; and replacement costs of $17,489 to Nevada Auto Mall for a 2013 Dodge Avenger; $11,306 to Phillips Healthcare for various equipment; and $10,973 to Johnson Controls to repair seals in the York Chiller.
Directors read a bulletin from the Woodlawn, Md.-based Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that detailed new features of Obamacare. "Effective in October 2012, Medicare rewards hospitals that provide high quality care through the new Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program," the bulletin said.
"For the first time, hospitals across the country are being paid for in-patient acute care services based on quality, not just the quantity of services they provide. Additionally, this initative helps support the goals of Partnership for Patients, a public-private partnership that will help improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare for all Americans."
They accepted a report from Truven Health Analytics showing the state-by-state prevalence of heart ailments with Missouri and Kansas tied for 24th with 3.7 percent of their citizens over 18 suffering from coronary disease in December. Arkansas and Oklahoma were third and sixth worst at 5.2 and 4.6 percent.
The worst was West Virginia with 6.2 percent and the best Washington, D.C., with 2.2.