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|Board members discuss Crowville health clinic|
Older Franklin Parish residents are candidates to use a Rural Health Clinic in Crowville, according to a report presented to the Board of Commissioners of the Franklin Medical Center.
"Based on the fact that there is a high elderly population in the parish," Ellis said, "and the fact that they will want to travel less for medical attention, a health clinic in Crowville would be supported by the community," said Bob Ellis, an FMC consultant with Stroudwater Associates.
Ellis also presented financial analysis and demographic statistics to the board to demonstrate the community needs.
Ellis reported a service area for the Crowville clinic would include some 24,000 rural residents who would likely benefit from the proximity of an additional clinic — a benefit that would increase if pharmaceutical services were also provided.
Judy Ogden, IT director, updated board members on the information technology (IT) conversion. According to Ogden, the process is approximately 20 percent complete.
"Everything is going well with the data conversion," Odgen said, "we will soon be testing to verify that the information has been correctly entered into the system."
Ogden stated that Siemens representatives will be here next week to work with the staff in training areas set up in each department.
The IT conversion is funded by an IT system grant from the Department of Health and Hospitals and administered by the Rural Health Coalition.
In the financial report, CEO Robert Boullion reported a slight decrease in patient admissions for March 2009.
Financial records for the month of March reflect a net income of $178,935, strengthened by grant money for the IT conversion. The year-to-date revenue recorded for uncompensated care is $1,232,154 compared to $2,200,000 reported last year.
Expenses continue to decline, a trend established with the reduction in patient expenses on a per day basis, a number Boullion said would increase due to the IT conversion and recent cosmetic improvements to the hospital.
The board recognized Dr. Charles Reed was added to the agenda to make a public comment. Reed presented board members with documents that he indicated exonerated him of allegations leveled against him in lawsuit filed five and half years ago by past administrators at FMC.
"It's an unfortunate situation," said Reed, "I've been dragged through the newspaper and suffered emotional stress, but I have accomplished what I wanted and that was to clear my name of these allegations."
"Maybe in time, we'll make headway getting things back to normal, but right now, I'm not in a position where I'm convinced that this won't happen again," Reed added.
During a special meeting held in executive session on April 22, board members voted to approve Lester, Miller and Wells as the CPA firm to perform the annual audit of FMC.
Dr. Jimmy Courahn was also appointed as a physician liason to assess patient satisfaction and the upcoming IT conversion.