NEWBERRY COUNTY — The College of American Pathologists conducted an unannounced survey of the Newberry County Memorial Hospital’s lab and respiratory services on Aug. 16.
“I am very pleased to state that the final exit conference revealed one of the highest scores and results I have personally experienced in my career,” said CEO Bruce Baldwin. “Congratulations to our team and Dr. (Pat) Ross. We will be celebrating this success.”
The hospital was also recently named “most improved” for Qurum Health Corporation’s group of similarly-sized hospitals with comparable revenues.
The award was based on the hospital’s financials as well as quality and patient satisfaction.
Additionally Baldwin reported the hospital’s financial state is “solid” with an increase in both cash and investments balances.
He said the hospital continues to purchase state of the art equipment, like the new CT Scanner and Diagnostic Imaging Room which were approved at the previous month’s board meeting.
“In today’s tough healthcare environment, especially relating to small hospitals either closing or being acquired by larger healthcare groups, NCMH is very strong and is ready to meet the challenges we will see in healthcare in the next few years,” he said.
Baldwin noted the progress continuing to be made in the hospital’s pharmacy with a new director having recently begun work.
In the patient financial services and emergency departments the process for hiring new directors is ongoing with a few face-to-face interviews having already been conducted and the possibility of several more.
For the month of July the emergency department’s “left without treatment time” further decreased to 1.3 percent, or 23 patients out of roughly 1,800 visits.
July also saw a decrease in the department’s “turnaround time,” defined as the total time from when a patient registers to when they are discharged.
The hospital foundation’s annual golf tournament is scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Country Club of Newberry. Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. A lunch will be catered by Little Mountain’s Cannon’s BBQ and non-golfers can partake by purchasing a ticket for $25.
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