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PMC Update Presented to Lamar City Council

Emergency Room

Craig Loveless, Chief Executive Officer for Prowers Medical Center, provided an over-view of the past year’s activities at the hospital for the Lamar City Council during their first meeting of 2018. Loveless referenced six areas of interest: Quality, People, Service, Finance, Growth and Community where the hospital had designed goals for general improvement for the past year.

Loveless provided some basic statistics regarding hospital operations and the impact it has on the community, “We have 199 employees at Prowers Medical Center which translates to an annual payroll of $12 million.” He added that comes with an annual write-off of from $4 to 5 million dollars in charity cases, “Our charity care levels have gone up the past year and indications are that it’s still growing,” he explained.  On another financial matter, Loveless said that the $13 million loan the hospital assumed for last year’s expansion program has been paid off, “We still continue to upgrade our equipment by about a million dollars every year to maintain state-of-the-art facilities for our patients.  We did manage to end the year in the black, but it took us all year to get there.”  He noted that the hospital clinic saw about 16,000 patients last year and the annual health fair had approximately 1,100 visitors over the three day period.  “We’ve had 38 such health fairs at the hospital and the one for this year is set for May 8th through the 11th.”  He told the council this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the PMC Hospital District in the county and a gala fundraising event has been planned by the hospital Foundation for Friday, May 11th during National Hospital Week and more details about those plans will be made available later this year.  A road project will begin this spring to resurface a portion of Kendall Drive on the north side of the hospital, leading to the Emergency Room.  “We’re receiving some assistance from the city on this project, which we appreciate and it will be a smoother road with the potholes filled in,” Loveless stated.  He said the rest of Kendall Drive will be refinished at a later time.

Maintaining key medical providers is still essential to the hospital’s growth and service plans and Loveless said those numbers have fluctuated somewhat over the year. “Dr. Smith returned from his military service duties this past month, but he’s also leaving in the near future for his humanitarian trips to serve at a hospital and medical center in Haiti, so he’ll be out for a while again.  Dr. Swanson is currently out on maternity leave and we expect to have her back with us in March, but we do have replacement surgeons to take the caseload in their absence.”    He noted that Karen Bryant, the hospital’s Chief Operations Officer has been promoted to assistant CEO recently and will assume those duties in his absence.

By Russ Baldwin

 

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