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HMH 75th anniversary to be celebrated Sept. 20


Howard Memorial Hospital is making plans to celebrate two milestones Friday, Sept. 20. 

Chief Operating Officer Stacy Harberson told board members at their June meeting that HMH has been named to the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals for the second straight year. “I hope everyone associated with HMH is as pleased as all of the staff for receiving this recognition two years in a row,” she said.

The second accomplishment will be the hospital’s 75th anniversary. 

“We want to celebrate with the communities we serve. Without your support, these honors would not be possible. Please make plans to attend the celebration,” Harberson said.

More details of the Sept. 20 event will be announced.

In other reports at the board meeting, Harberson said the hospital will convert to a new physician group Sept. 1. “This is a new and exciting time for HMH. I appreciate all the hard work from the team in researching and implementing this change.”

Harberson said she continues to attend staff members “in order to stay abreast of the operations of the hospital and offer assistance when needed.”

CFO Bill Craig distributed the operating budget questionnaire and capital budget template in June. Completed documents are due July 12, Harberson said. 

Craig or the hospital’s financial analyst will meet with each director to review the information submitted for the operating budgets. Capital budget requests will be discussed with the management team to prioritize the requests, according to Harberson. 

Plans are being made to update the Emergency Department waiting room furniture. Several chairs have areas that are worn, Harberson said. “This upgrade will keep our facility up to date and inviting to patients and their families.”

In his financial report, Craig said HMH recorded a loss of $71,742 in May, compared to a projected profit of nearly $55,600.

Collectible revenue from patient services was about $42,530 below budget.

The average daily census was 5.6 compared to the budget of 7.1

Swing bed volume for May was 35.8 percent of the month’s inpatient days; the goal Is 30 percent, Craig said.

Emergency Department visits were 790 for the month, 14 below budget.

HMH had 107 surgery cases compared to 100 budgeted, a seven percent increase.

Operating costs for May were about $83,000 over budget.