With one construction project coming to completion, the hospital is readying itself for future building plans.
Jay County Hospital Board of Trustees heard Wednesday a construction update on the hospital’s cancer center and approved MKM Architecture + Design to develop a master facility plan.
The cancer center’s construction is almost complete, said Jeff Horn, information systems/support services manager, and should be finished within two weeks. The center, housed in the physician business office, will offer patients five individual bays, with privacy curtains, a television and a reclining chair in each, as they go through treatment.
An open house will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. April 16 to allow community members to look at the newly-finished center. The actual opening day will be closer to late April or early May, but the hospital won’t be able to set an exact date until it speaks with IU Ball Memorial Health, which is staffing the center.
Board members are eager to see the center open, as it had an original completion date of late March.
“There’s going to be a lot of people who will appreciate the convenience,” said board member Pat Miller.
While the finishing touches are put on the center, a firm will begin looking at the future of the hospital’s structure.
The board approved MKM Architecture + Design to develop a master facility plan at a cost not to exceed $32,000. The firm will look over the hospital’s various buildings and trends in its services to see where the hospital may need renovations.
“They’ll look at our entire campus … and then they’ll look at what services we’re providing, what services we might want to provide in the next four, five, six years and how that would fit into our buildings. Plus they look at the industry,” said Horn.
With the last plan created in 2004, the decision for an updated plan is another step in the hospital’s focus on strategic planning.
In other business, the board:
•Thanked the Gillum family for its donation of $42,000 to Jay County Hospital Foundation.
•Approved hiring Blue and Company to prepare a Medicaid Disproportionate Share Eligibility Survey at a cost not to exceed $7,500; a four-year service agreement with Toshiba for a total cost of $35,800 for the hospital’s ultrasound machines; a CO2 monitoring feature from GE Medical for $8,060.58; and a one-year service agreement with Perceptive Software for $23,487 for software that keeps the hospital’s archives.
•Heard a report on the hospital’s auxiliary from finance and administration administrative assistant Beth Auker. There were 63 volunteers in February who served a total of 883 hours.
•Approved appointments to the hospital’s courtesy staff of nurse practitioner Tracy Laux, nurse anesthetist Roy Garland Haynes, Dr. Xiaolin Wu, pathology, and Dr. Rolf Francis Vrla, teleradiology; a reappointment to active staff of Dr. David Brown, emergency medicine; and reappointments to courtesy staff of Dr. Thomas Henry, teleradiology, nurse anesthetist Dane Lee, Dr. Michael Moran, cardiology, Dr. Jeffrey Ulrich, urology, and Dr. Thomas Whiteman, otolaryngology.
•Approved disbursement of 1,164 checks totaling $2,801,301.61 since the previous board meeting.