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HCH sees financial improvements

HCH sees financial improvements HCH sees financial improvements
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

The board of trustees of Harrison County Hospital met Thursday by teleconference to discuss where it currently stands financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to discuss upcoming purchases and decisions for the board.

During the financial report, Steve Taylor, the hospital’s CEO, explained that while it is no secret that health care providers across the nation are suffering financially, there has been a recent calm to the storm.

While reports won’t confirm exact numbers until July, the board unanimously agreed that improvements were being seen for each department for June compared to the recent past months.

The hospital was able to battle a lot of costs in regard to the ongoing pandemic through two grants, both from Medicare. Both $80,000 grants have helped with personal protective equipment costs and ensuring the hospital was prepared for any type of surge in cases.

The COVID-19 team, comprised of doctors, nurses and administrators, continues to meet once a week to go over any strategies or concerns regarding the novel coronavirus and its effects on the hospital. The team was previously meeting four to five times a week.

“I think the COVID team deserves a good bit of recognition,” Taylor said. “They reacted quickly and have done everything in their power to ensure our hospital was and still is ready for anything that could happen with the virus regarding patients, visitors and staff.”

According to Taylor, the hospital will look to purchase two ambulances for 2021. While it had hoped to purchase them within the year, ultimately it was decided to push the purchase back to fit within the budget constraints. The budget was similar to that of 2018 and 2019, factoring in the increase in cost of living.

The hospital is currently working to find a new primary care doctor. Taylor said he has been in negotiations with a potential candidate and hopes to have that finalized soon for the public.

Taylor noted that during next month’s board of trustees’ meeting, set for Thursday, July 16, they will discuss the possibility of upgrading their electronic storage system.

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