The Hermann Area District Hospital (HADH) Board of Trustees met last week and reviewed a good first four months of operations for 2019. Increased patient volume, balanced by expense reductions, primarily in salaries and benefits, has yielded over a $550,000 net income for the year to date. Board chair Dale Ridder was appreciative of the hard work that has bolstered hospital finances, noting “we’ll continue to watch the results and implement the operations improvement plan.”

Patient activity increased in all inpatient services and many outpatient services last month. Two providers have joined the clinics this year, and they are seeing more and more patients. Pediatric nurse practitioner Erin Adams is gradually building a pediatric practice, and Montgomery City family nurse practitioner Jennifer Humphrey and Owensville family nurse practitioner Barbara Graham continue to expand the services available in their respective clinics.

The Board discussed the hospital staff progress in implementing the operational assessment. The Board plans to invite the Medical and Allied Staff to a joint meeting in June to discuss the work that is underway or envisioned as part of the plan for a strong future. Part of the Board’s plan is to reach out more to the community with the positive steps that are being taken to ensure their continued access to excellent local care at HADH.

In other Board business, the Board approved a consulting dietitian agreement and reviewed the bids to replace a 30-ton 10-year-old air handling unit in the nursing area after multiple repairs. The Board expressed gratitude to the Hospital Auxiliary, which has generously agreed to fully fund the replacement. The Board also learned that FEMA has not yet given a firm date for the planned demolition of the Hermann Medical Arts building and conversion of the area to green space.

The Board adjourned into Executive Session to discuss personnel and legal action but took no action. The Board reconvened into open session briefly before adjourning and discussed possible future board members who might fulfill a term of Mat Reidhead, who will be moving out of the area later this summer. The Board is most appreciative of all the efforts from Mr. Reidhead. It is a rare situation when a hospital of our size has the opportunity to have someone with Mr. Reidhead’s experience be an active part of helping shape the future of HADH.

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