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Hospital board lacks quorum

Lack of a quorum prevented the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital Board of Directors from voting on any items at the meeting Thursday.

The group met earlier than usual, immediately after a visit by Sen. Jeff Sessions.

While no action was taken, hospital administrator and CEO Mike Marshall presented the monthly Report Card, a snapshot view of how the Tombigbee Healthcare Authority (THA) is doing compared to goals set at the beginning of the fiscal year.

Figures remain ahead of those from the previous fiscal year, but the report shows work is needed in some areas. The daily census, outpatient visits, surgery cases and oncology visits all showed an increase.

Another sign of health was the financial indicators of the THA. Both in-patient and out-patient revenue exceeded the goal for the month; however, the in-patient revenue for the fiscal year so far lags behind the set goal.

The loss for the year-to-date is just over $60,000, considerably less than the $786,000 at this time last year.

The hospital will begin conducting an employee satisfaction survey during the first week of June, Marshall announced. He also said the hospital’s lab underwent a successful survey by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

The board will consider action at its June meeting on dietary bids, bids for the annual audit, computer system upgrade and medical staff appointments.