PMC Holds Election of Officers, Rain Delays Construction

Construction Near Emergency Room Parking Area

Construction Near Emergency Room Parking Area

The move to maintain the Prowers Medical Center board of directors in their same positions as last year was approved by unanimous consent during Wednesday’s monthly meeting.  Julie Branes will remain chairman and Ron Farmer as vice-chair with Connie Brase as secretary-treasurer and Amber Rider as recording secretary.  Attorney Joseph Bower was retained for another year as the hospital’s external legal counsel.

The board scheduled their next meeting, June 24 for the Wiley Community Building.  Periodically, the hospital board meets at various locations throughout the hospital district as part of its community outreach program.  The board plans an off-site meeting once a quarter.

Chief Executive Officer, Craig Loveless, noted that the renovation project has suffered a weather setback of about a month, due to all the unexpected rains.  “The project is still going well, but there just wasn’t any way that any outdoor work could be completed,” he explained, adding that the HVAC and associated conduit work is progressing indoors.  He told the board that the recent annual PMC Health Fair showcased the hospital’s Patient Portal project to about 300 potential new users.  “We had a computer set up with easy access for anyone who came out over the three day fair to see how the system benefits them,” he stated.  The portal allows private internet access so a patient may review their medical history, summary of care, allergies, immunizations, active and inactive medications, current and past health concerns and certain test results at no charge.

CEO Loveless led the discussion on creating a board to study the implications of membership in an ACO, Accountable Care Organization, through the national Medicare program.  Board member, Ron Farmer, reiterated his opposition to the program, stating it will not do anything to increase the level of care a patient would receive at Prowers Medical Center, and only,” adds two more levels of bureaucracy and would not improve the level of patient care at the hospital.”  Last month, PMC signed a letter of intent to participate in a grant study.  The CEO stated that hospitals in Trinidad, Walsenburg, La Junta and Springfield had also submitted their letters to the National Rural ACO.  A future date will be set for a multi hospital group meeting with representatives from the NRACO.

By Russ Baldwin

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