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Franklin Medical Center CFO Robert Boullion reported to the board of commissioners on Friday that there is currently a 45 percent increase in admissions to the hospital for the month of February.
"We won't have the complete financial report until the month is over," said Boullion.
Gastroenterologist Dr. Randy Tillman, will soon be joining the Franklin Parish medical community with his office in Winnsboro.
"He will be performing medical procedures every other Friday, as well as CAT scans and MRIs," said Boullion. "Angela Letard, his nurse practitioner, will also be joining the practice to accommodate more patients."
On behalf of legal council, Blake Kramer made a motion to accept Dr. Tillman's lease.
The $1,050,000 grant FMC received as part of a $9 million "Memorandum of Understanding" specifically awarded to 16 rural hospitals in Louisiana, has been designated for renovations and expansion to the existing clinics in Winnsboro and St. Joseph, as well as the construction of a clinic in Wisner.
CNO Sheila Mason, presented the board with the nursing report. Mason stated that quality health care is becoming more insured due to organizations that pay or reimburse based on performance ratings.
"Education is key to improving quality assurance," Mason said."There is a SCHIP grant available, specifically allocated for improving the hospital customer service training."
"Continuing education is one of the long-term goals for the board and medical staff," stated Boullion in the administrative report. Short term goals include cosmetic improvements to patient rooms, chapel repairs, and television reception upgrades. Boullion stated that implementing an emergency room "fast track" will be among the priorities.