DMH Board Aproves Contract with Architects for Surgery Center, Inpatient Gero-psych Unit, & Power PlantApril 26th, 2013 by Joe Burgess
The Drew Memorial Hospital Board met, Wednesday, and covered a wide range of topics.
For March, the hospital had a gain $396,801. YTD DMH had a gain of $2,244,781 compared to a gain of $2,987,088 YTD last year. We had 241 acute admissions for the month compared to 197 last year. The hospital continues to recruit a second full-time general surgeon. Three general surgeons from Pine Bluff are holding clinic one day each week at Monticello Medical Clinic and should help improve day stay surgery.
The board was presented with the American Institute of Architects standard form of agreement between Cromwell Architects and Drew Memorial Hospital. This contract engages Cromwell Architects to assist the hospital in building and constructing the hospital in Phase II of the modernization plan. Phase II includes a 20 bed inpatient gero-psych unit, a new surgery center, a new power plant and a build out for two physician offices in the Allied Health Building. The estimated construction cost will be $16,000,000. The board voted to approve the contract. Next we will take this contract to the Quorum Court for final approval.
The board received an update that nursing positions are being filled in both the OB unit and Med/Surg. It was also reported that several pieces of new equipment has been purchased for the nursing unit.
It was reported to the board that the hospital received the CAUTI award from AFMC. The hospital is one of 10 to receive this award for no catheter associated urinary tract infection.
The hospital continues to recruit a second general surgeon to partner up with Dr. Mark Cheek, our current General Surgeon. In addition, recruitment is beginning for Orthopedics, Urology, and ENT. Also it was reported that three are now visiting from Pine Bluff one day a week, for a one day clinic and it is hoped that they will help improve outpatient surgery.