NCMH shows strong patient performance

By Kelly Duncan -
Baldwin -

NEWBERRY — Newberry County Memorial Hospital’s key result report continues to show strong performance in inpatient and outpatient core measure, as shown in CEO Bruce Baldwin’s report to the Board of Trustees. The newest I/P core measures have shown improvement, placing NCMH at 60 percent for the month.

Baldwin, who was unable to attend the QHR Trustee Conference in Nashville, filled the board in on areas that were followed up on including the discussion of the grounds and Fountain Area and meeting to clarify the Administrator on Duty responsibilities related to disasters or possible disasters.

“We did have our landscapers come out and cleaned up both the Hospital and the Surgery/Wound Care Building. Shrubs were trimmed and I believe each area looks better,” Baldwin said. “As far as the Fountain Area, we had a visit from Chappel’s Nursery and we have signed a work order to be completed no later than Sept. 30 to take out the existing fountain and structure presently there, clean up, fill in that area to allow another fountain, replace shrubs and rocks and possibly add lighting.”

Baldwin added that it was strongly recommended that the large maple tree that is dying and lost a large limb be removed.

Improvements will continue to be made in FY 2018 with updating the furniture and carpeting in the IP/OP Lab/Radiology Registration Area.

At the last Governing Board meeting, Metz Culinary Management presented a proposed renovation to the Dietary/Cafeteria area that was approved in the capital budget for FY 2018.

Baldwin also informed the Board the hiring of Frank Dorn, PA as the third mid-level in the Emergency Department. Dorn comes to NCMH from Palmetto Health. He and his family reside in Chapin and he has over 20 years of experience working in the Emergency Department.

NCMH saw a total of 1,852 ER visits for August. This is slightly over the budgeted number of 1,823 visits and surpasses the prior year’s total of ER visits of 1,799.

The hospital stayed under their projected number of live births for the month, which totaled at 22 live births. Last year, this number was slightly higher at 25 live births.

Total patient revenue also went over budget, totaling at $12,681,380 over the budgeted $11,579,062, a difference of $1,102,318.

The total current assets for the month showed an increase as well, bringing in a total of $38,348,487 against June’s total current assets of $38,018,503, a difference of $329,984.

Other business:

• The next Alzheimer’s workshop will be held Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. discussing Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctors Visits and Legal and Financial Planning. For more information on the workshop, call the Foundation office at 803-405-7425.

• The Foundation has also scheduled their golf tournament for Oct. 19 at the Country Club of Newberry. Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

• The 2017 Fulmer Humanitarian of the Year nomination forms need to be submitted to Brenda Williams by Sept. 15. The board will vote on the recipient at the Sept. 26 board meeting, with the Fulmer Humanitarian of the Year reception taking place on Oct. 26 prior to the board meeting.


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.