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|Patient count up in March|
Franklin Medical Center saw an increase in admissions in March, the biggest since April 2007, according to CFO Robert Boullion.
Boullion delivered the message to board members at the regular meeting Friday afternoon.
However, Boullion, who is acting CEO, also said the overall net profit was lower than expected because outpatient visits were down.
In the administrative report, Boullion stated that physician recruitment efforts were ongoing and a temporary surgeon would begin May 5, with a commitment to stay two months.
CNO Sheila Mason informed the board of the results in the recent poll given to patients of FMC.
Overall, the patients surveyed were satisfied with the skill of the nurses, but less than satisfied with food temperature and room decor. Plans are underway for improvement to patient rooms and Mason said a system would be put in place to handle issues such as food temp.
Mason also displayed the 2007 Louisiana Health Care Review Hospital Quality Gold Award recently earned by FMC.
"We're honored and extremely proud to receive this award," said Mason. "Our goal for next year will be platinum," she said.
The Prescription Assistance Program (PAP) offered at FMC continues to be a success, handling over 340 prescriptions to date. For more information about the prescription program, call Casey Ogden at 435-4571.
Property located on Hwy. 15 in Wisner has been purchased by FMC for the price of $20,000 for the purpose of constructing a rural healthcare clinic. A site on Hwy. 17 in Crowville has also been considered for a healthcare clinic, with an estimated cost of $140,000 to renovate.
Plans are also underway for the Franklin Parish Relay for Life scheduled for Friday, May 30, at the Franklin Parish High School football stadium.
The staff crawfish boil has been to moved Saturday at 1 p.m. on the hospital campus.