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Infection Control Complaint Under Investigation; Hospital Board approves Tax Rate and Purchases

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A recent patient complaint against Hopkins County Memorial Hospital has attracted the attention of CMS or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Three surveyors have visited the hospital campus to investigate the complaint’s validity. The complaint apparently involves infection control. Hospital CEO Michael McAndrew told the Board Monday night at least one of the surveyors seemed to be on a mission to find the hospital lacking. He said some minor policies and procedures had already been addressed by hospital staff. McAndrew is expected to receive a CMS report soon.

In other business Monday, the board adopted a tax rate of 25-cents per $100 valuation for next fiscal year’s budget. The tax rate is the same as the current budget. Hospital Financial Officer Donna Wallace also reported on income and expenses for August, which she characterized as a down month. She expects September to be a down month too. Ms. Wallace said cash on hand for the hospital was at 80 days of operation, well above the 60 day minimum.

The board also voted to purchase security cameras for the hospital as well as an additional camera for the Specialty Room in the Emergency Department. Both were non budgeted items. A data migration system for Radiology was deferred.

Author: Staff Reporter

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