Meetings Watch: Roosevelt General Hospital Board: Oct. 24

CEO Larry Leaming reported the following from Tuesday’s Roosevelt General Hospital board meeting:

  • CEO Larry Leaming introduced Dr. Praveen Chava and Dr. Vineela Lavu and Chief Nursing Officer Anne Carey as the newest members of the RGH medical staff.
  • Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens presented financial statements that said operating revenue for August and September was $1.71 million, while operating expenses were $1.88 million, which resulted in an operating loss of $169,901 for the two months. Deductions from revenue was higher than usual because of underpayments from insurance companies, and higher bad debt.
  • Carey reported that two new scrub technicians have been hired for the operating room, and interviews are being conducted for a new director of surgical services. The intensive care unit will be fully functional in November.
  • Leaming reported the new anesthesia service will begin in January, which will amount to a decrease in operating costs and improvement in quality. Leaming also said the RGH Health Fair was a success, and the number of participants doubled from the previous year.
  • Leaming reported that RGH will be participating in a University of New Mexico program called Project ECHO. This program will help train a nurse practitioner and a community health worker in psychiatry and substance abuse services.
  • Chief of Staff Joyce Roberts presented 28 physicians for privileges at RGH. All of them were approved by the board. Five were doctors receiving associate privileges, and 23 were radiologists for associate consulting services.

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