I am pleased to share that CCMH has recently started to provide blogs and podcasts on our website on health issues, our services, our providers, and hospital events. These will be done by various staff members ranging from frontline, managers, administration, and providers. Our goal is to keep our community better informed about health and their hospital. I will be providing either a podcast or a blog a month to keep you informed on board meeting information, goals/strategy, and important CCMH information.
Our Rural Health Clinics had their recertification survey and passed resoundingly without any deficiencies. During this process, the certifying agency assesses our quality, staff and providers, documentation, medication process, policies and procedures, and assure we are following all the rules, regulations, and laws. You can be assured your clinic is providing high quality healthcare to you and our community. Congratulations to all the clinic staff, providers, and leadership on their great accomplishment.
We also passed our yearly mammography certification. Did you know that we have three board certified staff who provide all our mammograms here at CCMH? These three ladies are rigorously evaluated each year to assure they are skilled, educated and are providing the best test possible for our women. All passed with flying colors! Congratulations to Katie, Etta, and Rachel for the great skill and care you provide!
Our Pharmacy Director attended the Board of Trustees meeting and gave an overview of the new pharmacy regulations and the steps we took to assure CCMH was compliant by the December 1, 2019 deadline. I am grateful to our Maintenance and Pharmacy staff for their outstanding work on this important upgrade to our pharmacy. November 25, 2019
Board of Trustees Meeting Recap
The Board is actively involved in an on-going monthly review of quality of care at CCMH. Heather Rasmussen, Executive Director of Patient Integration, is providing the information for the Board. This month’s topic was “Keep Me Safe,” which reviewed our responsibility to keep our patients safe by preventing medical errors and promoting a culture of safety.
In October, there were several CCMH departments that were exceptionally busy. Total medical clinic visits were up almost 17% for the month and are up almost 9% year-to-date. Also, for the month, physical therapy was up 5%, total radiology was up almost 2%, and mammography procedures were up more than 24%. Even with these increases, total procedures were down just over 3% with decreases noted in admissions, surgeries and ER visits.
Total CCMH operating revenue (gross revenue after contractual adjustments) exceeded last October by just over $7,000, even with current October statistical decreases. We did have a net loss of $49,882.47 due to unbudgeted one-time expenses in general surgery and anesthesia locum coverage and Chief Nursing Officer recruitment. Cash balances increased again, for a total increase of $643,286 due to tax receipts and accounts receivable. We ended October with 111 days cash on hand.
Our next CCMH Board of Trustees meeting will be held on December 16, 2019 at 5:30 pm in Meeting Room D at CCMH. In January, check back for a status review of CCMH. I will share with you some of our primary strategies for future growth and how those strategies will provide for our success going forward. In the meantime, I hope you find our podcasts and blogs helpful and informative. Please share with us anything you would like to see us cover.
I hope each one of you has a safe and healthy holiday!
Erin Muck, CEO