Polk Medical Center passes surprise inspection
Hospital OK’d by state for use, officials announce record profits during board meeting on May 27
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
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.
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.
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.