ARMC trustees approve purchases

ALPENA – The Alpena Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a central fetal monitor system for the women’s health unit upgrade from Phillips-Intellispace for $264,599, with the ARMC Auxiliary providing funding for $250,000 of the project.

Trustee Marie Williams said the board is very grateful and thanks the women’s auxiliary for its kindness.

Charles Sherwin, vice president of business development and clinical services, said the current system is over 11 years old, and is no longer supported.

“We have a current fetal monitoring system that doesn’t meet the needs of the organization anymore from an electr onic and medical records capture process,” Sherwin said. “The system has become outdated. The system will interact with MediTech, so we’re not hand writing things and creating hand logs and those types of things. It will automate the documentation process. A big piece for us right now is we still have all the fetal monitoring strips that need to be kept as a record, as part of a labor process, and that will all be captured within the electronic record.”

It is a replacement opportunity that Sherwin said not only will be beneficial to patients, but also to the staff.

The purchase of a video surveillance system from Avasure for $122,966 also was approved for the nursing units in 2 and 3 South and Pointe East sections of the hospital. This system will allow for increased safety for patients and staff, and is projected to amount to a 30 percent savings.

The board approved upgrading to a hosted version of dictaphone software for health information services from Nuance for $234,163. The current version of dictation software for transcriptionists was not compatible with system upgrades, and the purchase from Nuance, along with the hosted service will save room in the servers at ARMC. By using the hosted version, the hospital could save $182,000 over a five year period.

In other business:

* the development council has a goal of raising $1 million for the emergency department project with new plans, ideas and events that will include cross committee involvement.

* the emergency department project continues to move forward with discussions of the relocation of departments. The whole project is being done in phases spanning about a year and a half.

* credentials were discussed and approved for 11 active staff.

* March financial reports were accepted with operating fund disbursements of $9,089,074, with R & I disbursements of $454,319, write off of uncollectible patient accounts of $420,722, and recoveries of $65,765.

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