As of Tuesday, November 10, 2015
GRANGEVILLE Syringa Hospital has added to its property with the recent purchase of retiring Dr. Wayne Hollopeter’s practice, building, land and records.
The hospital purchased the real estate, located at 721 West North Street, for $215,000, and his practice’s equipment for $21,097. Syringa Hospital and Clinics also purchased Hollopeter’s 1,744 patient records at a cost of $12 per record for a total of $20,928.
What the property will be used for is still under consideration and may change as needs vary during the current and upcoming construction phases.
“Everything has gone as smoothly as expected,” said clinic manager Michelle Schaeffer at the October board meeting regarding taking on Hollopeter’s patients. “Our biggest hurdle in the clinic has been the phone system.”
Calls are now going straight through to an automated system, which e-mails the messages and patients are called back the same day.
In an answer to board member Twila Hornbeck’s question, “how many patients is the clinic losing,” in this transition process, Schaeffer explained SHC is simply the custodian of the patient records they purchased.
“Each patient has the right to choose where he or she sees a health care provider,” she said. “So I would not say we are losing patients, though we have gained many.”
Trustee Craig Spencer said the good news is the clinic is very busy.
“I have also heard St. Mary’s is very busy,” he said. “The only complaint I have heard is some people do not like what they called the ‘wellness’ visits.”
Schaeffer explained the Syringa providers have the obligation to see all new patients before prescribing medicines or even simply refilling prescriptions.
In other hospital news, hopes are for the current phase in the Syringa Hospital construction project to be finished in early 2016.
“We’re planning for it to be completed mid-January,” said maintenance supervisor Bill Spencer during a walk-through with the board in late October.
Work is being completed on the entrance area and other areas are near completion, including in the expanded clinic area where new bathrooms and cafeteria exist.
Luxury vinyl plank high efficiency flooring has been installed in the hallways, and corridors are lined with occupancy sensor lighting that turns off or dims when no one is in the hallway.