Crawford Memorial Hospital's new surgical clinic is "progressing at an excellent pace" the CMH Board learned Wednesday.
Board members also heard good news about an employee survey and approved the annual budget during their monthly meeting.
Building and Grounds Committee Chairman Bob Kirk told fellow board members the lights for the clinic being built onto the hospital are in and installation of doors and flooring began Monday.
A final coat of paint is going on the interior walls and concrete for the employee parking lot west of the building has been poured. All mechanical items should be completed by the end of May.
Chief Executive Officer Don Annis said work on the clinic is on schedule and on budget, with offices expected to be open in June or July, pending final approval by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Operating rooms will take longer because they must remain in use during the renovations.
In a related matter, the board approved paying more than $281,000 in claims connected to the clinic and other renovations at the hospital. This is included more than $225,000 to general contractor Hannig Construction.
In another financial matter, the fiscal year 2014 operating and capital expenditures budget was approved. Annis said the budget reflects an increase in CMH's expenses, as well as a 2-percent cut in Medicare reimbursements thanks to the federal government "sequestration."
The board also approved a new, three-year contract with the firm of Kerber, Eck and Braekel. The company performs the hospital's annual audit.
In other business, Annis said 91 percent of CMH's employees participated in a recent survey, the highest amount ever. The results of the survey will be used when preparing a workplace improvement action plan.
Annis explained CMH seeks the employees' input to help make improvements. A better workplace environment translates into higher quality patient care, he said.