|MMH admin. receives five green lights|
|Written by Chris Lee|
MMH administrator John Ayoub brought home some positive news from Rural Philanthropy Days held in Fort Morgan June 20-22. He reported to East Phillips County Hospital District board members during their June 26 meeting that he received five green lights for possible grant funding.
Ayoub had the opportunity to sit down with five funders at Rural Philanthropy Days. The format is similar to speed dating. Each representative gets roughly two minutes to present their idea and when everyone is finished, red, yellow and green lights are distributed, letting everyone know how the funder or foundation felt about the ideas.
In 2008 via Rural Philanthropy Days, MMH received roughly $100,000 in grant funding for the electronic medical records in the clinic.
“I feel pretty confident that we stand to get quite a bit of grant funding,” Ayoub said.
Dentist hopes to offer clinic at MMH
Family Practice of Holyoke hopes to offer a dentist through its specialty clinic in the near future.
Ayoub told board members during last week’s meeting that MMH has been speaking with a dentist who has shown an interest in opening a practice in Holyoke. In order for the dentist to test the waters, MMH has been talking with her about the possibility of easing her into the specialty clinic schedule. If the clientele can be built up, the option of opening a business in town is created.
Administrator reports activity
Ayoub updated board members on physician recruitment and retention and noted that Dr. Danielle McClellan’s last day was scheduled for Friday, June 29. He also noted that Judy Weimer will also soon be leaving the hospital to move closer to her husband.
Ayoub noted that locum tenens are being used to fill voids within the clinic. He also said two interviews with physicians have taken place with another one scheduled.
Ayoub also mentioned that MMH has helped train nursing students from Northeastern Junior College and recently had the opportunity to hire two of them who were scheduled to begin earlier this week.
On June 20, MMH held a mass casualty drill which activated the entire hospital to see how well everyone within the hospital works together during a crisis. Ayoub said things went very well and mentioned that there is room for improvement in some areas.
The administrator also was quick to mention appreciation for the work of employees to help obtain an EMS and trauma grant for new equipment. The state will foot just over $30,000 of the 50/50 match.
In other business June 26, board members:
—held a one-hour-and-34-minute executive session for negotiations.
—noted that the next regular board meeting will be held July 24 at 5 p.m.
—noted that a special board meeting will be held Monday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss market increases for selected staff, mortgage refinance and the Master Facilities Plan.
Holyoke Enterprise June 5, 2012