Grant makes hospital less scary for kids

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2005

Central Peninsula General Hospital received a $700 grant for its Pediatrics in a Box Program from the Fred Meyer Foundation, according to the hospital's chief executive.

CEO David Gilbreath told the CPGH Inc. Board of Directors on Thursday evening that the grant will be used to replenish hospital room supplies between young patients.

Gilbreath said the program provides items that make a hospital room "kid friendly — things like cartoons, toys and pediatric bed spreads. It puts a playful atmosphere in the hospital room, which otherwise can be a scary place."

The hospital's top executive also told the board the Kenai Peninsula Borough will open bids for the second phase of the hospital expansion at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

"There has been lots of interest from contractors following the prebid conference on Jan. 18," Gilbreath said.

He told board members the borough is scheduled to award a contract for the construction at the borough assembly meeting March 15.

Phase 2 of the construction includes building a 74,000 square-foot, two-story wing with a basement. The hospital's existing 33 multipatient rooms will be replaced with 50 single-patient rooms, and two surgeries will be added, bringing the total number to four.

Construction is expected to take 14 months.

Mike Haggerty, interim chief financial officer, told the board the hospital had a year-to-date operating loss of $51,000, and an average daily patient census of 21.7, which was slightly below budget expectations of 21.9.

For the month of January, the hospital's operating income was $79,729, which was 302 percent above a budgeted $39,328 loss.

The number of outpatient visits was about 7 percent below the budgeted 4,837 for January, according to Haggerty.

The budget shortfall in that area was somewhat offset by the number of imaging procedures, which totaled 2,453, about 250 or 11.5 percent over budget. Imaging includes radiology, magnetic resonance (MRI), mammography and nuclear medicine.

In other hospital board business, the directors approved contracting with First Consulting Group to upgrade the hospital's Meditech computer operating system as well as purchasing a sophisticated software system to interface with it.

Gilbreath said upgrading to Meditech 5.4 will allow the implementation of 3,000 changes, improving the system and improving access by its users.

The board also approved contracting with Solucient, LLC, for an upgraded accounting system that collects data for revenue, expense, payroll, patient volume and other workload statistics.

As is required annually, the board officially designated terms of office for its members and stipulated committee assignments for the members.

Board terms expire in December for Thomas Boedeker, secretary-treasurer; Shirley Gifford; John Hoyt; and Richard Ross, vice president.

Terms expire in December 2006 for Alyson Stogsdill, Russell Peterson and Loretta Flanders, board president.

In 2007, board terms expire for Steven Hoogland, Dr. William Kelley and Loren Karp Weimer.

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