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|Busby named FMC chief|
Dr. Jay Busby of Winnboro will service as chief of staff at FMC, Nick Poulos, chairman of the medical center board of commissioners, announced Thursday.
Poulos made the announcment at the board's regular meeting.
"When I first started here so many years ago, the single mission of the hospital board, medical staff and administrators, was to take care of people," said Busby. "A totally cohesive unit of physicians and administrators must be in place to move us in the right direction."
Robert Boullion, CFO and current CEO, presented the board with the financial report for years 1997-2007.
"The net income of the hospital has decreased $3.1 million in the last ten years," said Boullion. "That's approximately a loss of $300,000 per year."
"The bad debt expense increased $200,000 from last year, but will improve with collection efforts as the accounts are accurately assessed," said Boullion. "December has been the worst month in history for admissions, somewhat attributable to the loss of a surgeon, but January looks as though we may break even with an average of 15 to 16 daily admits for the month."
Ten years ago, employee salaries and benefits accounted for 40 percent of the total revenue. Today, that number has increased to 55 percent. "I'm not saying it needs to be where it was 10 years ago, but when admissions go down and benefits continue to rise, it has to be considered," said Boullion.
Sheila Mason, CNO, presented the board with the nursing report. Mason outlined strategies for developing doctor / nurse teams to ensure quality care as well as education and certification in infection control. Mason also updated the board with tentative plans for the annual health fair.
Debbie Elrod addressed some of the issues of quality control by identifying problems that cannot be assessed with statistics. "We have to look other ways of solving problems," said Elrod.
Physicians, board members, and hospital administrators will also be participating in an educational development seminar. Eric Scorsone, professor at Michigan State University, will be coordinating the retreat for the medical community which includes physicians, nurses, administration and board members.
"We have received an education grant for the purpose of strategic planning," said Poulos. "This retreat will be held over two days and will allow board members, physicians and administrators to have input on the future of FMC. We are committed to long-term stability for the hospital and the best way to do that is to find a plan that the medical community can come together and work toward the common goal of serving citizens of this parish."
Blake Kramer, head legal council at FMC, stated in his report that the compliance audit is ongoing and would end after chart reviews were completed.
In other legal news, the hospital board unanimously adopted a resolution to enact a campus-wide no smoking policy on the grounds of the hospital.
Members of the board discussed the implementation of an employee voice committee.
"I want to be a board that the employees can approach and not worry about retribution," said board member Danny Warner, "the employees have a voice and we want them to know that they can come to us with ideas or issues. There is a grievance policy in place and they need to know it's there for them. These are public meetings, open to anyone. They will not get fired if they approach us with a problem," Warner said.
"Communicate, that's something we all need to do," said board member Paul Price. "Everyone involved in the health care community should be informed and involved in the future plans of the hospital."
Robert Boullion also presented the board with the administrative report. "Dr. Chisley has decided not to come to FMC and has officially withdrawn from consideration due to contract discrepancies," said Boullion, "though efforts continue to recruit physicians to the area. Recruiting firms and medical publications are also being utilized for this purpose and we have received several resumes, but nothing definitive yet."
On the matter of physician recruitment, Dr. Busby stated the inherent difficulty of a hospital to recruit a physician. "It's much easier for another physician to recruit due to the interaction," said Busby.
"I definitely think the current physicians should be included when new doctors are brought in. Everyone should meet on a common ground and I believe this would begin the healing process," said Warner.
Boullion stated he would continue efforts to make the hospital more attractive with new equipment and up-to-date services for physicians to practice. "This will be an ongoing collaborative effort that will include the entire medical community and their feedback," said Boullion.
Board members Dr. Jan Hicks and Michael Wright were not present.