RGH board updated on expansion


December 22, 2019

PORTALES — Roosevelt General Hospital is well into the planning phase of its Emergency Department expansion project, which will add new emergency facilities at the hospital to serve the people of Portales and the surrounding area, while also paving the way for future expansions.

The RGH Board of Trustees received an update on the project, as well as a presentation of its 2019 audit during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Scott Johnson of FBT Architects walked the board through the most recent iteration of the new department's schematics.

The new emergency facilities will take up just under 7,000 square feet and will include five private exam rooms, an isolation room, a bariatric room and all other required clinical support spaces.

The project will also add a helipad with path leading straight into the new emergency department, space in front for ambulances to park and turn around and additional parking, among other improvements.

Current price estimates for the project come to around $3.5 million, but that price will need to be validated by the construction management company for the project.

After the project presentation, Tom Dingus of Dingus, Zarecor and Associates PLLC presented the hospital's 2019 audit.

Dingus said the hospital roughly broke even with its general operating costs for 2019, but after adding GRT, had a positive operating cost of $1.1 million. This was an improvement over the previous year, which Dingus said saw a net loss.

The audit found four findings in need of correction, which included auditor detected adjustments, internal control issues, a need to have operating budgets approved by the state on time and a need to make timely deposits to the employee 457 retirement plans.

The full audit report is available on the state website.

The meeting ended with an executive session to discuss attorney-client privileged information, long term and strategic planning and limited personnel matters. There was no action taken as a result of the executive session.

The RGH board is scheduled to meet again on Jan. 28.

Other notable highlights from the meeting include:

• The board discussed efforts to find a new provider for its electronic health records system at the hospital, with Chief Executive Officer Kaye Green stating that the current system has been insufficient.

Green said that the current system will also be a single consolidated record, meaning files from the clinic and hospital will be kept together and help cut down the processing backlog.

• Green stated that the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine expressed interest in sending third-year medical students to do practice rotations in Portales and Clovis.

• The board discussed adding digital kiosks to the clinic to cut down registration times and help direct patients to the appropriate queues.

• The board approved the purchase of a bone density machine for $34,000 and two Biofire diagnostic lab machines for $52,000.

• The board approved its 2020 meeting schedule.


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