Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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July 14, 2014

PVGH budget acts as positive foundation — The steps to improve the financial situation of Pauls Valley General Hospital began long before the fiscal year budget for 2014/2015 was presented at the recent hospital authority meeting.
However, there’s a lot of those small steps along the way that are now visible in the report presented by interim PVGH CEO John Dolan.
That means that those years of being in the red, could finally turn toward black.
Though a lot of this includes some big expenses and is just part of the latest challenges for the hospital, if it all works out as projected, there is a chance that the coming year will produce at least some profit.
Dolan noted how the potential profit, $88,123 would be a small step. This is when one compares the hospital’s total expected operating expenses of $13,495,417 to their expected net revenue of $13,583,540.
It is an outlook that contrasts to years of being no less than several hundred thousand in the red in recent years. A lot of the gains will be in large part due to help like the recently approved hospital loans through the city and the half cent sales tax, which will offset purchases from equipment to refurbishing departments.
“Surgery line should generate close to a million dollars,” said Dolan, explaining some of the benefits that should come through the big investments. “Really the opportunities are increasing.”
There is also the pending end of the bankruptcy, where they will save in areas like monthly legal fees of $20,000 dollars or more. The hospital authority unanimously approved the budget.
The hospital authority also gave their blessing on a recommendation Dolan made for a new ambulance. 
This was comparing two quotes for vehicles, a 2013 F450 demo unit with 5,000 miles on it for $133,300 from Osage Ambulance and the other a 2015 F350 from Professional Ambulance for about $133,000.
Dolan recommended the former as it would be available to them in a much quicker 14 to 21 days, versus months for any other option. 
He added that there’s a good chance they can get the other vehicle as well in the near future and these additions are important to a fleet of vehicles that is well worn and aged.
That is thanks to some discussions with Wynnewood’s ambulance group due to some excess funds they have available that would be combined with the hospitals capital funds.
According to Dale Brister with EMS, the unit will not only allow them the best for the money, but when it comes time to get another one to replace it, they can take the chassis off the back and put it on that next model.
Expanding on the surgery side of things, the new air conditioners have now been working well for the past couple of weeks, according to Dolan.
The remodel process could start as early as the end of this month and a surgical task force will be establish to ensure all the proper tools and systems are in place to manage it properly.
Other updates include Dolan noting how they are moving from a stage of implementing their electronic medical records system with CPSI as well as providing data for the system to training in the next few weeks.
The plan is to still try and go live as soon as the end of this month or early August, which would complement the possible install of their new patient monitoring system.
“We’ll identify the plusses and the minuses CPSI system to evaluate are there any big risks,” said Dolan.
“What I want to do is mitigate any thing we learned from McKesson and if we can do that we can be very successful.”

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