NCMH continues improving

By Kelly Duncan -


NEWBERRY — Newberry County Memorial Hospital continues to provide safe, quality care, according to CEO Bruce Baldwin.

Baldwin told board members in his CEO report that NCMH continues to have an increase in cash and investment balances. He reported that the hospital plans to purchase state of the art equipment like the new C.T. Scanner and Diagnostic Imaging Room.

The Emergency Department’s LWOT (Left Without Treatment) was up 1.7 percent (32 patients) with volumes at 1,856 visits. The turnaround time (time from when patient registers until time the patient is discharged) continued to decrease in September.

The report showed strong performance in the areas of inpatient and outpatient core measures. The hospital continues to monitor Emergency Department times and these results are shared with the Medical Staff and Nurse Practitioners in the Emergency Department to keep them aware of the trends.

NCMH reported 30 births for the month of September, which is a slight drop from the 31 births reported in 2015. There was a reported number of 1,856 ER visits, which is an increase from the 1,796 visits reported last year.

The average daily census for September was 19.0 percent, which is below the budget of 19.8 percent. Outpatient visits totaled at 3,438 for the month of September, which is a decrease in visits from the 3,897 visits reported in 2015. Days of cash on hand increased to 253 compared to last year’s 225 days.

Other updates:

• New fencing was placed between the hospital and the Food Lion shopping center. This area was cleaned up a few months ago.

• Work to do mulching, shrub work and general grounds work for the hospital and the Wound Care/Surgical Services building has been completed.

• The process of converting an area on the second floor to a new OB Waiting Room for families of patients has been completed.

• LED lighting has been changed in both the front and rear parking areas.

• The Foundation held its annual golf tournament on Oct. 13. Fifty one people played in the tournament. The approximate net from the tournament is $7,646.

• The Foundation’s LoveLight Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Dec. 6. The board is invited to join at 4:30 p.m. in the front lobby.

• The Volunteer Department hosted a $5 jewelry sale on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30. The volunteers raised $3,055 from the event. This surpasses the last largest sale they had by about $500.The next fundraiser for the Volunteer Department is the uniform sale at the end of December.


By Kelly Duncan

Reach Kelly Duncan at 803-768-3123 ext. 1868 or on Twitter @TheNBOnews.

Reach Kelly Duncan at 803-768-3123 ext. 1868 or on Twitter @TheNBOnews.

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