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|Business as usual at hospital board|
The Board of Commissioners of the Franklin Medical Center conducted a normal business session Tuesday, less than two weeks after reportedly requesting and receiving the resignation of the hospital's top administrator.
Three of the five board members were on hand for a regular noon meeting which quickly slipped in to "executive session" status, reducing the level of public participation.
Robert Boullion, who spent the last 18 months as acting Chief Executive Officer of the medical center and was recommended as the permanent chief by the current board, resigned June 15.
At the time, Boullion said he was asked to resign. A statement from the board said Boullion resigned, but did not elaborate.
Attending the session was Terri Spence, a hospital social worker who was named as temporary administrator by the board following Boullion's resignation.
Little interaction between the new administrator and board members was observed to reflect the recent major personnel changes during the part of the meeting open to the public.
Other issues taken up by the board at the Tuesday meeting were:
Dr. Joel Eldridge presented board members with the medical staff report to request hospital credentials for four employees.
Dr. Edridge also reported that the medical staff had accepted the resignation of Dr. Gordon White.
Sheila Mason updated members on results from patient surveys are mailed to patients 10-12 days after their hospital visit. A committee has been appointed to address issues with patient satisfaction to insure improvements are implemented. Stacey Hollis is chairwoman of the committee.
"This is a patient-oriented initiative," said Mason. "Based on the recommendations of the committee, we will try to address any issues before they become problems."
Mason also presented board members with an examples of the "Our promise to you" certificates to be placed in every patient room. The "Promise" includes hourly visits to patient rooms to perform certain tasks such as checking pain level and to make sure the patient's essential needs are being met.
In the administrative report, Spence updated members on the four scholarships offered to medical students from the area. A financial report was not available for the month of May.
In the legal report, Blake Kramer asked members to pass a resolution to remove Boullion, former CEO, as a signer with financial institutions.
The information technology conversion is ongoing at FMC. Plans are in the works for a training station for the second floor for nurses and medical staff to practice using the system. When complete, the conversion will allow patient records to be easily accessed from the system by specialists or other healthcare providers.
For all the 'starving artists' in the parish, the board has a plan in the works to display the work of local artists throughout the hospital. Details of the contest will follow in the future.