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Foundation, thrift store help purchase equipment

Syringa Hospital

Syringa Hospital

— “I want to say thank you to the [Syringa] Foundation and the Syringa Thrift Store for their generous donation to make it possible to purchases the anesthesia machine,” Syringa Chief Nursing Officer Alex Frei said in his July 24 leadership report at Syringa’s monthly board meeting.

Frei said the arrival date for the machine was late July and cardiac monitors will arrive in late August.

Frei also noted:

• Hospice census continues to be above average.

• Radiology welcomed a new manager, Matt McPherson, on June 18.

In other news:

• Director of human resources Katy Eimers reported the VA clinic ad brought in two responses. The position is on hold pending decision on contract extension past March 31, 2019.

• Marketing/community relations coordinator Dana Greig said information would soon be available for the zero-interest bill pay option for patients provided by Health First Financial.

• Director of facilities Bill Spencer reported though Syringa was not chosen for a grant for a new ambulance this year, it was chosen for a new cot lifting system for ambulance two.

“We have one in ambulance one and it really helps with back strain and injury when loading the cot,” he said.

*Foundation executive director Kristi Brooks stated the Border Days Fun Run was a “huge success,” with 165 participating and $2,700 raised.

For the thrift store, sales were down 6 percent for June; overall expenses were down 21 percent; net profit was up 7 percent.

Chief financial officer Betty Watson reported the following:

• Gross accounts receivable increased $249,128 (8.2 percent).

• Charges written off as bad debt and sent to collection were $84,121 (4.6 percent of gross charges).

• Kootenai Health management services agreement fees for June were $21,749.

Chief executive office Abner King reported the Idaho Hospital Association will be taking a leading role in the campaign for the Medicaid initiative that is expected to be on the November ballot. To this end, they have requested a supplemental assessment to member hospital dues. The amount for Syringa Hospital and Clinics is $1,339.66.

The next meeting is set for Tuesday, Aug. 28, 12:30 p.m., Soltman Center.


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