NEWBERRY — A video filmed by South Carolina Educational Television on the telehealth stroke program at Newberry County Memorial Hospital is expected to air in December.
A patient who suffered a stroke and was treated using A Virtual Assistant (AVA) robot was interviewed for the piece. AVA is the connector between NCMH and Greenville Health Systems and has been with the hospital since May 2013.
AVA’s robotic parts are very sensitive to sound and allow her to zero in on a patient’s pupil to detect stroke signs. The robot can show a series of photographs that can be used to test language in the patient. Neurologists in Greenville can connect to AVA from wherever they might be to work with the patient through the robot.
SCETV also talked with Leslie Minick from the Emergency Department, along with other staff from the ED. Copies of the video will be provided for use on the website and Facebook.
CEO Bruce Baldwin also reported that NCMH’s latest accolade was receiving the Fall 2016 Safety Award from the Leapfrog Group. It marked the second time NCMH has received the award.
He also reported that the Wellness Center is offering a new program to the community called “Balance with Ben.” They are also promoting the “Battle of the Bulge” program, which is the hospital’s healthy living program offered to staff and community members.
For the month of October, NCMH saw a total of 155 discharges, which is lower than the 656 total discharges for the same period in 2015. The hospital reported 25 live births for October, which is the same number reported the prior year.
In September, $1,750,457 was reported for accounts payable. In October, accounts payable increased to $1,792,336, for an increase of $41,880 month over month.
NCMH reported 1,757 ER visits in October, down from the projected budget estimate of 1,902 visits. In 2015, that number was 1,823.
A total of 245 operating room procedures were conducted in October, just shy of the projected 262 procedures and the same as in 2015. Total patient revenue for October was $11,533,282 with a budget of $12,514,564. Total operating revenue totaled at $4,255,712, which was below the budget of $4,333,332.
In September, $28,733,381 was spent in total cash and equivalents. For October’s report, this number increased to $29,520,663. NCMH exceeded its budget of $4,239,545 in total operating expenses and reported $4,351,411 for the month of October. Last month, there was a reported number of 85 inpatient surgical procedures. This number surpassed the projected budget of 66 procedures and increased compared to the prior year’s 57 procedures.
In other business, it was announced that the Foundation’s LoveLight Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6.
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