Event reports were presented, updates on the walking trail and memorial garden project were given, and discussion continued on long range strategic planning when the Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation Board met on Tuesday evening.
Board President Tom Eads presided over the meeting and welcomed board members and guests.
WMH Foundation Development Officer Matt Osterthun gave a report on the breast cancer awareness effort during the months of September and October. Thanks to the reminder post-card and kick-off event on September 24th co-sponsored by Hometown Pharmacy of Trenton, the radiology department performed 222 mammograms throughout the month of October. Osterthun reported that of those mammograms administered in October, eight were first time mammograms, twenty-nine were first time patients of WMH, and twenty-four patients received their last mammogram over three years ago. Osterthun indicated the overall effort was a success and relayed thanks to those that attended the event, purchased a t-shirt, and received their mammograms.
Board member Cara McClellan reported on the 2nd Wright Run 5k/10k run and walk event which was held October 5th. There were a total of 175 registrations in the fund-raising event, which raised over $8,000 for the walking trail project. The sponsors of the run and walk included Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri, Barnes-Baker Automotive Group, Hy-Vee Food Store, North Central Missouri College, Premier Eyecare Associates, and American Family Insurance. Mrs. McClellan also shared that plans for the 2014 Wright Run 5k/10k are already underway, which is scheduled for October 4th. Early registration will open on January 1st of next year.
Osterthun also gave an update on the walking trail and memorial garden project. He indicated the funding from the DNR grant has allowed for construction to begin with over 400 feet of concrete poured to date. He indicated with winter approaching, the project will shut down until spring. An architectural design of the memorial garden was presented to the board. Bricks, tiles, trees, and sitting areas for the walking trail and memorial garden continue to be sold.
Members participated in another strategic planning discussion emphasizing the need to provide more monies to fund needed medical equipment and technology for Wright Memorial Hospital. Osterthun indicated this yearâ€™s support towards the hospital was tremendous with purchases of a blood bank and urine analysis for the laboratory, a Standing And Raising Aid (SARA) Lift and Maxi Move Lift for the Medical-Surgical and Physical Therapy departments, and a wheel chair for the Oncology department. Those purchases totaled nearly $25,000 to the hospital in needed equipment. Osterthun also indicated that even though that number is significantly down from the 2012 equipment reimbursement level of $47,500, the year 2014 will be substantial with the walking trail and memorial garden addition. Specific pieces of equipment needed have not yet been identified by the hospital at this time.
The Foundation Board of Directors approved the purchase of a TransMotion Video Fluoroscopy Swallow Study Treatment Chair, costing $9,000 which allows caregivers to safely and effectively treat patients in both modified barium swallow studies and wound care. Having a fluoroscopy chair will aid the speech therapist, radiologist, and radiology staff in administering video swallows in a safe and comfortable environment for the patients, as well as ensuring proper positioning of the patient which improves accuracy and outcomes of the video swallow test. This procedure is performed on average eight times a month.
WMH CNO Barbara Ball gave a hospital update which included an update on physician recruitment, hospital finances, and market share.
The next meeting of the Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, 2014.