NEWBERRY COUNTY — Having completed their 2015-16 fiscal year in June CEO Bruce Baldwin reported that Newberry County Memorial Hospital exceeded its budget and earnings over the previous year.
“We continue to be able to purchase state of the art equipment (and) pay a fair wage to the great employees we have working here,” he said.
Additionally Baldwin stated there are planned wage increases budgeted for January.
The interim leadership of patient financial services is continuing to work through departmental improvements with interviews for a permanent director expected to begin in the next couple of weeks.
In June the emergency department’s left-without-treatment figure further decreased to 2 percent, or 36 patients out of 1,785 visits.
Beginning the first of next month, Dr. Michelle Archer will begin work at the Little Mountain Medical Clinic providing full time family practice medicine.
“Dr. Archer is very excited about this opportunity and we look forward to her success at Little Mountain,” Baldwin said.
Dr. John Thompson will remain on site for a short period of time to assist with Archer’s transition.
Additionally Archer will be attending Little Mountain Elementary School’s “Lemonade on the Lawn” event scheduled Aug. 11.
“This will provide an opportunity for students and parents to meet Dr. Archer,” Baldwin said.
The hospital’s board of trustees will next month be selecting the recipient of the 2016 Jake and Mildred Fulmer Humanitarian of the Year award with a reception to follow in September.
The award is presented annually to a civic-minded member of the community whom the board feels best embodies the example set by the Fulmers.
Last year the award was presented to Margaret Brackett for her years of dedicated service to the Newberry community.
On Aug. 18 the volunteer department will be holding a bake sale in the hallway next to the cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All funds will go toward the creation of a “beauty shop” to be located on the med/surg floor.
“We have a volunteer who is currently providing this service to patients in their rooms,” Baldwin said. “The shop will allow us to improve this service.”
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