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|Boullion named chief|
After an evaluation discussed in executive session, the Franklin Medical Center Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution to name Robert Boullion permanent chief executive officer of FMC. Boullion is also the chief financial officer and has served as interim CEO for the past year.
During January's monthly meeting, officers were installed for the new year. Board members elected Paul Price as chairman of the board and Michael Wright as vice-chairman.
Dr. John White is the newest physician to join the FMC team.
Dr. White is a board certified otolaryngologist specializing in diseases of the ears, nose and throat. He will be seeing patients at FMC's Health Clinic every other Tuesday.
Dr. White performed the first tonsillectomy in Franklin Parish in nearly 20 years on Feb. 2, 2009.
In his financial report, Boullion reported a net profit of $46,000 for December. Bad debt expense for the year totaled some $1,050,000 and the hospital has a cash balance at $5.3 million.
Due to patient traffic at the Winnsboro Clinic, outpatient visits were up in the month of December, with January and February predicted to be about the same as December. Salaries increased for the year, though expenses were down $1.3 million for the year.
Representatives from Siemens Group will be on hand next week to assist staff members with the long-awaited information technology (IT) conversion.
Judy Ogden, IT director for FMC, explained the technical benefits of the new system to board members.
"With the current program, if something goes wrong, hours are spent on the phone with tech support," said Ogden, "the IBM system has preventative maintenance and automatic updates to keep this from happening."
Boullion informed board members of a possible cash interruption during the first two months after the conversion.
"We will receive payment for the services we provide," said Boullion, "but the payments could be somewhat delayed, but we have accumulated cash on hand to guard against that."
The IT conversion will be funded by an IT system grant from the Department of Health and Hospitals and administered by the Rural Health Coalition.
In other news, aesthetic improvements to the first and third floors are nearly complete. The Pink Ladies Auxiliary Club has donated $5,000 toward refurnishing of the lobby.
The Prescription Assistance Program (PAP) offered at FMC continues to be a success, saving applicants some $392,000 in prescription costs to date. For more information about the prescription assistance program, call Casey Ogden @ 435-9410.