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Health Information Management Dept touted at board meeting

The Lexington Regional Health Center Board of Directors met Tuesday over the noon hour for their regular meeting.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Fran Carlson reported that staff and patients have been pleased with the medical students who have been doing residencies at LRHC. One was a student from UNMC. Another is a member of the Air Force from Colorado.

In his report on Service Excellence, Chief Operating Officer Jim Hain commended LRHC’s Health Information Management Department. He noted the 13-member department handles around 800 medical records requests each month. They have goals of forwarding records following outpatient clinics to the primary physicians within three business days. They also have goals to complete and code records within 12 days from hospital discharge and 7 days for clinic visits. Hain noted that there are a lot of processes involved in their work. They also handle more than 200 birth certificates each year. Chief Financial Officer Wade Eschenbrenner and Dr. .Carlson also commended the H.I.M. Department.

Eschenbrenner introduced Amy Schroeder who has joined the administrative team at LRHC.

During his financial report, Eschenbrenner said LRHC had $3 Million in gross revenue in October. He noted that three-quarters of the revenue comes from outpatient services compared to one-quarter of revenue from inpatient hospitalizations which he described as a common trend among rural hospitals. The Average Daily Census in the hospital was 5.6 patients during October compared to 9 patients from October of last year.

There are two longtime employees retiring, Deb Richter after 38 years as Licensed Practical Nurse and Pat Samway after 42 years. Samway has served in a number of roles during her tenure and is current Director of Patient and Community Affairs.

The next LRHC Board Meeting was set for January 29, 2019 at noon in the hospital board room.


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