Crawford Memorial Hospital hopes to establish a wound care clinic later this year.
Chief Executive Officer Doug Florkowski told the CMH Board Wednesday hospital officials have been in talks with Healogics, a Florida-based company that operates almost 700 wound care centers. The company is interested in assisting CMH start its own clinic.
Florkowski said the high number of diabetes patients and nursing home residents in the county mean there is a need for wound care.
"We're going to chase this rabbit," he said. "We think this is something we need."
The clinic would focus on wounds that do not heal. These include ulcerated sores caused by diabetes and other diseases, stasis ulcers, pressure sores, ostomies and surgical incisions that refuse to heal.
The hospital is also working with a nurse practitioner with expertise in wound care. Surgeons would handle any required operations and she would deal with follow up.
The NP is awaiting her Illinois license, Florkowski said, explaining the clinic would likely open later in the summer.
Meanwhile, CMH's newest family medical physician should set up shop. Dr. Nizhonii Kinsel-Evans is relocating here from San Antonio, Texas. She is expected to start seeing patients later next month.
"She has a lot of great family medicine experience and a real positive energy," Florkowski said.
Work continues on renovations to the radiology department. Drywall installation should be finished this week and the full project should wrap up by the end of July. Meanwhile, new air conditioning units have been installed at the Magnolia Center.
The board approved hiring the Farnsworth Group as its new architectural firm. The group's bid on a new CMH masterplan was lower than a competitor's and estimates for future projects were also lower.
Experience was also a deciding factor.
"The amount of experience of working with hospitals Farnsworth brings to the table helps a lot," board member Wanda James said.
Chief Financial Officer Al White said the hospital performed better in May after several months in the red.
Revenues were still below budget, but income was $137,722 more than expenses thanks to fewer cases being billed to Medicare. Patient volume was still down but in-patient days were up.
"There's still a long way to go," White said, adding the hospital is considering offering discounts for patients who pay their bills and more flexible investment policies to boost income.
Several manuals and polices were approved and the prevailing wage act was adopted during the meeting.