Hospital Board Approves Funds for Financial Management System

Sheridan Memorial Hospital trustees approved a budget of $2.68 million Wednesday to fund a new financial management system.

The new system will replace an existing system that's outdated and no longer supported, according to a report to the board last month. Also according to last month's report, the vendor for the new system, Infor Corp., submitted a proposed budget less than what was originally forecast.

Also at Wednesday's meeting, trustees approved the 2017 board meeting schedule. Nathan Stutte, the hospital's chief financial officer, said October was a very strong month financially for the hospital, and said the hospital's costs this year are slightly below costs for this same time last year.

Memorial CEO Mike McCafferty told trustees that it's time to start looking at a new master plan for the hospital. He said the last master plan was done in 2007, and most of the items in that plan have since been dealt with.

He said no meetings have been planned at this time. Ada Kirven, who's executive director of the Memorial Hospital Foundation, said about 300 people came to the open house held last month for the hospital's new intensive care unit. The ICU is now in use.

Rob Forister, the hospital's director of facility support, updated the board on the gas line rupture that happened at the hospital on Nov. 23. Forister said a construction worker digging in a trench hooked onto a gas line and an electrical line and accidentally opened the gas line. He said a spark in the ditch then ignited the gas.

Fire crews arrived and extinguished the fire, and Forister said hospital personnel and buildings were safe.