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Monthly records requests up at Syringa Hospital

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Syringa Hospital

— Records request numbers are in the hundreds at Syringa.

It was reported at the March 28 regular board of trustees meeting that Syringa Hospital and Clinics had 300 requests for medical records in December 2016, 322 in January, and 310 in February.

Trustee Twila Hornbeck of Grangeville asked if this was by patients choosing to obtain medical services elsewhere.

“These requests can be for any reason,” explained Dr. Danny Griffis. “The numbers are interesting, but that’s about all.”

He said records requests can be made for a number of reasons including for insurance claims, from specialists and for referrals, as well as patrons simply wanting to have accurate personal records at home.

It was reported the record request numbers are consistence for the past three months, but are up approximately 40 requests from six months ago.

In other news, board vice-chair Steve Didier of Kooskia brought up the idea of a “Meet the candidates” debate or forum since 11 people declared candidacy for the May 16 board election.

Trustee Paula Calceterra of Harpster, one of the candidates up for election, said she would be on board with the idea, but did not feel the hospital should be associated with it.

“As to make it fair to everyone,” she said. “And to not show any signs of favoritism.”

“I agree, it’s a great idea, but to be as transparent and as fair as possible, it should be a separate entity that organizes it,” said Dr. Griffis.

Meeting attendees said they will check on various other groups who may be willing to organize a forum.

Other news reports from the meeting included the following:

• According to CR/marketing manager Dana Greig, the March 16 blood drive collected almost 40 units of blood. The transition from American Red Cross to Inland Northwest Blood Center went smoothly, even though there was a pushback from ARC who decided to host a drive the same day at the LDS church. The next drive is set for June 8 at the armory.

• Alex Frei has submitted the Level IV trauma certification paperwork.

• Charges written off as bad debt and sent to collection for the previous month totaled $48,427.

• The 32nd annual Spring Fling conference in Grangeville had more than 150 EMS providers in attendance. The local Eagles were given $1,400 for providing lunch.

• The thrift shop contributed 555 hours in February. Monthly sales of $7,507 were 6 percent below a year ago. Retiring CEO Joe Cladouhos gave a donation of $3,500 to the Syringa Foundation. He designated this amount from his severance pay to be unrestricted and used as determined by the board of SHF for their greatest need.

• Preliminary results from Festival of Hearts are it grossed about $22,408, with a net profit of about $13,590. One goal for next year’s event is to have greater community turnout.

The next regular board meeting is set for Tuesday, April 25, 12:30 p.m., at Soltman Center. A public input session is available during the meeting.


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