The Madison Medical Center Board of Trustees met May 8, 2019, for its regular monthly meeting. The following board members were present: Larry Hunt, Ruth Ann Skaggs, Connie Matthews, and Kent Marler. Board members absent: Denny Ward. MMC staff present: Lisa Twidwell, Administrator/CEO; Allan Sucharski, CFO; Jennifer Penuel, COO; Cindy Dulaney, Acute Care DON; Kristen Starkey, Nursing Home DON; Carol Hyatt, Director of Physician Practices; Maureen Medley, Administrative Assistant.

The following departmental reports were presented to the Board: Acute Care Nursing, SNF/ICF Nursing, Rural Health Clinic, COO/Human Resources, and CFO. The Home Health report was also reviewed.

MMC information and give-away items are included in the Cordial Caravan (now extending into St. Francois County) Welcome packets that are given to newlyweds, new parents, and those who are new to the community. Blood pressure screenings are done monthly at both the Ironton and Fredericktown Senior Centers by MMC Home Health staff. Cindy Dulaney, Acute Care DON, is a volunteer at the Domestic Violence Shelter. Lisa Twidwell, Administrator, is a member of the Rotary Club. Kristen Starkey, Nursing Home DON, is one of the organizers of the Compassion Café. Carol Hyatt, Director of Physician Practices, is a member of the MCCDD board. Sue Cofer, Cashier, is a member of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Linda Rhodes, Pharmacist, is a member of the Optimist Club.

May 6 – 12 is National Nurses Week.

This year’s Azalea Festival Diaper Derby was May 4, in the dining room at Stockhoff Memorial Nursing Home. The event was moved indoors, due to the possibility of rain.

A Mother’s Day tea party was held May 8th, in the nursing home dining room.

MMC employees will be at the Black River Electric Coop’s annual meeting on June 1st to do blood sugar screenings. On June 3rd, they will be at Sargent Construction to do their annual employee health screenings.

Plans are being made to reinstate the Employee of the Quarter program at MMC. Another program that is being developed is a welcome packet gift for swingbed patients.

The surveyor who performed the life safety code portion of the hospital survey that was conducted February 25 – March 1, 2019, made a return visit to the facility recently. The Board discussed the progress that has been made in correcting the building deficiencies that were cited.

The Board approved the purchase of new operating room lights from the Bryton Corporation. The MMC Auxiliary will be paying half of the cost of the lights.

The Board approved a proposed change, regarding the handling of their funds, to the MMC Auxiliary bylaws.

The Board approved E.R. and hospitalist privileges for John A. Richards, M.D., one of the Emergency Medical Care, LLC physicians who staff MMC’s emergency room.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be June 12, at 9:30 a.m. in the Dr. Slaughter Memorial Building.

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