Oncology center serving patients

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

McCOOK, Nebraska -- Community Hospital directors learned at the April 17 meeting the Anderson Center for Radiation Oncology is open for patients and the project will come in under budget.

Jim Ulrich, Community Hospital President & CEO reported that the Anderson Center for Radiation Oncology received a certificate of occupancy on April 14. The first radiation patient was scheduled for a consulting appointment the previous week and was to begin radiation treatment April 21. In the coming weeks, the center could receive as many as six patients for their consulting appointments and radiation treatments. Some of the patients are due to the North Platte Callahan Cancer center closing in early May to replace their linear accelerator. The new patients will begin and complete their radiation treatments in McCook.

A worksheet for the board was presented explaining the actual costs and funding for the radiation oncology center compared to the original resolution. Community Hospital is saving 2.4 percent or $139,000 on a project of nearly $6 million when comparing actual versus budgeted costs.

Terri Shipshock, Executive Director of the Community Hospital Health Foundation, presented the quarterly foundation report. In the original radiation oncology center project resolution, Community Hospital Health Foundation contributions for the project were anticipated to be $804,699.

To date, the foundation has contributed $969,489.55 toward the project, or $134,000 above what was originally planned. This giving is above the $3 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust given for the project which purchased the linear accelerator equipment. Shipshock said more than 500 tickets were collected at the Lorrie Morgan Concert for Cancer Care. A donation of $19,700 was given toward the radiation oncology center from the concert ticket sales.

Plans for the June 6-8 John Mullen Pro-Am at Heritage Hills golf course are going well. Seventeen pros and 18 teams have committed already. The tournament accepts 28 teams.

Joleen Bradley, R.N., Patient Safety and Performance Improvement Director, presented the performance improvement quarterly report and the latest process scorecard update. The total process score for February 2014 is the highest score since at least July 2013. Two of the process family's measures met their stretch goals. Of the 13 process family scores, only two scores were down and two remained the same. Nine scores were up from the previous month.

A number of thank you notes were distributed.

The board approved a new solicitation and distribution policy for Community Hospital employees, volunteers, medical staff, board of directors, students and contracted personnel. The policy establishes solicitation and distribution guidelines on Community Hospital property to promote a tranquil and businesslike atmosphere at the hospital.

An amendment to the medical staff rules and regulations was approved which had some minor language changes.

The board also approved the hospice and home health agency policy manual. The updated manual included some changes to the patient responsibilities.

Appointments and reappointments were approved for a variety of providers under Consulting Medical Staff privileges, Allied Health Staff privileges and Affiliate Health Staff privileges.

The directors approved the minutes for the March 19 regular meeting of the board of directors, the March 13 regular meeting for the medical staff committee and the April 2 quarterly policy, personnel and planning committee report.

Ulrich updated the directors on information learned at the Governance Institute and the Heartland Health Alliance in partnership with Bryan Health 2014 spring conference April 10 and 11 called the Future of Healthcare, Manage the Changes.

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  • As a cancer patient in remission I say thank you to all who gave to this project and to all who helped make it a reality.

    -- Posted by dennis on Wed, Apr 23, 2014, at 3:06 PM
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