Crawford Memorial Hospital is continuing efforts to update its technology with a new digital image system.
The CMH board Wednesday approved purchase of a Picture Archive and Communications System from Sectra Inc.
Originally in the plans for 2019, the purchase was moved ahead a year because of the ongoing installation of a new electronic record-keeping system and the lengthy time needed to convert to PACS.
"Basically, it will provide digital imagery anytime and anywhere," Executive Officer Doug Florkowski explained. He added Sectra's system is considered "best in class for hospitals our size."
The system will cost $254,000.
Meanwhile, Cerner Corporation is continuing work on the new electronic medical records system. Representatives of the company met with hospital leadership this week to help them prepare for the change.
Florkowski said training on the system has not started. "Employees think we're farther along than we are," he said. "We're still in the infancy stage. We're not even walking yet."
The system will replace five separate - and not entirely compatible - systems in and will cut the time staff members spend entering data and improve patient safety.
Also Wednesday, board members adopted the fiscal 2019 budget as presented by Interim Chief Financial Officer Gerald Klein.
CMH anticipates net patient revenues of $48 million and expenditures of $47 million. The budget calls for capital purchases of almost $3.6 million. This is $1.1 million more than this year, but $800,000 less than in fiscal 2017.
Klein also said March was another strong month financially for the hospital.
Revenues were above budget and ahead of last year. Accounts receivable continue to drop.
In other business, the board was told the new orthopedic surgeons working at CMH are "off and running." Six procedures were performed last week.
Florkowski pointed out the three doctors - Oh, DeVault and Goldhagan - each have different specialties, allowing a greater diversity in procedures and patients. Oh specializes in pediatrics, while DeVault has trained in sports medicine and Gohagan specializes in anterior hip replacement.
Florkowski added a new internal medicine physician, Dr. Claggett, will join the CMH staff in June and Dr. Becker, has opted to delay her announced retirement by three years.