Physician recruitment efforts at TCMH continue, the board of trustees heard Tuesday at a meeting.

Four candidates with obstetrical training have recently visited Texas County Memorial Hospital as the organization continues its recruiting efforts.

Joleen Senter Durham, director of physician recruiting at TCMH, told board members at last week’s monthly meeting she has several additional obstetrics providers identified. One was scheduled to visit Friday.

“We are hopeful that one of these candidates will be the right fit for us as well as find their own right fit here at TCMH and in our community,” Durham said.

Durham has a site visit scheduled for a family medicine provider for the TCMH Mountain Grove Clinic and for a mid-level provider that grew up in the area. She continues to recruit for a general surgeon, too.

Leroy Wombold, M.D., a general surgeon from Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, will provide general surgery coverage and do a general surgery clinic at TCMH one and a half days a week beginning in April.  Lowell Fisher, D.O., also a general surgeon from Rolla, has been providing surgical coverage at TCMH since late 2013, and he will continue to provide coverage at the facility. 

Charles Mueller, M.D., current general surgeon at TCMH, has extended his time at the hospital through the end of April.

“A lot of time and effort has gone into contacting physicians to provide for our coverage needs as well as our long-term recruiting needs,” TCMH CEO Wes Murray said. “Although it is not a quick process, Joleen has made some strong contacts through her recruiting efforts, and one or more of those individuals may work out as full-time employees of TCMH.”

NURSING EDUCATION

During the summer, TCMH will provide some space to the Cox College of Nursing/Drury University nursing fundamentals cohort.  The cohort is enrolled in the Cox/Drury Cabool campus, but the space is not available for the cohort to use at this time.

“We will make available a few rooms on the East wing for the cohort to use until their new space is ready,” Murray said. “The school will place one of their simulator mannequins in one of the rooms, and the students will be exposed to a real hospital environment and real hospital rooms.”

Dr. Jim Perry, O.D., TCMH board member and Cabool resident, complimented the efforts of Drury and Cox working together to bring additional nursing education to the area. 

“Nursing training available through Drury in Cabool is such a good thing for area students because the students that complete the program can make a living anywhere,” Perry said.

FINANCIAL UPDATE

The February financial report reflected a drop in inpatient and outpatient revenues for a $32,221 loss, but the year-to-date balance is positive at $8,437.

“Last year we took a major hit with the February financials, and this month is much better than 2013,” said Linda Pamperien, chief financial officer at TCMH.

Pamperien reported that the February financials show interest accrual on the recent capital project for both January and February. Because the expansion project is not complete, loan payments have not yet begun. Pamperien also pointed out that TCMH has three payments left on a bond note for capital improvements done in 2000. That note will be retired in July.

“The field portion of the 2013 annual audit has been completed,” Pamperien said.  “BKD will present the audit at next month’s meeting.”

BKD, LLC from Springfield does the annual audit, which includes an onsite review portion that is done each year in March.

Present at the board meeting were Murray; Pamperien; Durham; DorettaTodd-Willis, chief nursing officer; Dr. John Duff, CoxHealth; and board members Perry, Janet Wiseman, Mark Hampton and Russell Gaither. Board member Omanez Fockler was absent.

The next meeting of the TCMH board of trustees is noon Tuesday, April 22, in the hospital board room.

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