Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter passes sur­prise in­spec­tion

Hos­pi­tal OK’d by state for use, of­fi­cials an­nounce record prof­its dur­ing board meet­ing on May 27

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By KEVIN MYRICK Edi­tor

It was good news for both pa­tients and em­ploy­ees at Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter as the new fa­cil­ity out on High­way 278 passed a re­cent sur­prise in­spec­tion by the state.

Ac­cord­ing to Matt Gorman, ad­min­is­tra­tor of Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter, state in­spec­tors from the Joint Com­mis­sion came to the hos­pi­tal unan­nounced dur­ing May for an in­spec­tion and found no ma­jor prob­lems dur­ing their visit.

The Joint Com­mis­sion is the state ac­cred­i­ta­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion for health­care qual­ity.

Gorman told the Cedar­town-Polk County Hos­pi­tal Au­thor- ity Board dur­ing their May 27 meet­ing the in­spec­tors – one who fo­cused on life safety and an­other who fo­cused on clin­i­cal mat­ters – found “no di­rect level find­ings” dur­ing their check on the new fa­cil­ity.

He said the in­spec­tion was car­ried out by the state to see if hos­pi­tal op­er­a­tions were run­ning as pro­scribed by the Joint Com­mis­sion fol­low­ing the Novem­ber 2014 move out of the old hos­pi­tal on North Main Street in Cedar­town.

“Due to the change in lo­ca­tion, they had to re-sur­vey us,” Gorman said.

He said the in­spec­tors re­ported back that it’s “not un­com­mon to find things af­ter a tran­si­tion, but said that they didn’t have any di­rect is­sues.”

Gorman said the state in­spec­tors’ nod of ap­proval will give the hos­pi­tal a year of un­con­di­tional re- ac­cred­i­ta­tion, and that in­spec­tors won’t be back un­til at least the sum­mer or fall

of 2016.

Dur­ing the board meet­ing Hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials also dis­cussed the cel­e­bra­tion of Nurse Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Week dur­ing May. The board hosted a va­ri­ety of events to thank the nurs­ing staff of Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter for their hard work.

At the an­nual Nurse’s Lun­cheon, Crissy McDaniels was named Nurse of the Year and Michelle Chris­tian was named Nurse Tech of the Year. The nurses were also in­volved when a lo­cal min­is­ter came to the hos­pi­tal for a Bless­ing of the Hands.

Gorman also re­ported to the hos­pi­tal board that vis­its to the hos­pi­tal – for in­pa­tient, out­pa­tient and emer­gency care – re­mained up from the year pre­vi­ous in April. Some 2,317 peo­ple were ad­mit­ted to the emer­gency room in April 2015 com­pared to the 1,989 peo­ple ad­mit­ted in April 2014.

In­pa­tient ad­mis­sions saw some 309 peo­ple stay­ing at the hos­pi­tal dur­ing April, com­pared to 182 the year be­fore at the old Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Out­pa­tient care saw 362 peo­ple ad­mit­ted and re­leased, com­pared to 265 in April 2014.

The in­crease of sur­gi­cal cases at the new fa­cil­ity since its open­ing is also promis­ing, Gorman re­ported. He said the to­tal num­ber of surg­eries per­formed at 66 is an en­cour­ag­ing fig­ure, and he ex­pects more once an of­fice that will be time-shared by sur­geons opens in late June in the med­i­cal of­fice build­ing at­tached to Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

As re­ported on a monthly ba­sis, five surg­eries were per­formed in De­cem­ber 2014, seven in Jan­uary 2015, and six in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

The fig­ures climbed to 11 sur­gi­cal cases in March and 18 in April.

At the mo­ment, Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter is han­dling only three types of sur­gi­cal cases: pe­di­atric oral surgery, oph­thal­mol­ogy and po­di­a­try.

The hos­pi­tal is still op­er­at­ing well above the bud­geted loss they ex­pected to take, reap­ing a 44 per­cent in­crease with $5.5 mil­lion in to­tal rev­enue, and op­er­at­ing with $1.4 mil­lion in ex­penses since the be­gin­ning of the year.

That gives the hos­pi­tal a $4.1 mil­lion profit af­ter rev­enue and ex­penses are tal­lied up, or a 2,026 per­cent in­crease over what was ex­pected for 2015.

Kevin Myrick/SJ

Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter of­fi­cials an­nounced the hospi­tal passed a suprise state in­spec­tion and will be re­port­ing big prof­its for the year dur­ing the Hospi­tal Au­thor­ity meet­ing on May 27.

Kevin Myrick/SJ

For­mer Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter ad­min Char­maine Thomas spoke o May 27 to the Cedar­townPolk County Hospi­tal Au­thor­ity about cel­e­bra­tions for Nurse Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Week as Matt Gor­man, Hospi­tal Ad­min­is­tra­tor, looks on.

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