Hospital Board Approves Video Monitor Purchase

Sheridan Memorial Hospital trustees Wednesday approved purchase of new equipment for the operating room for about $250,000 more than originally planned.

The hospital's Chief Financial Officer Nathan Stutte explained.

Stutte said the money for the equipment is already in the hospital's budget. Trustees took the action during their regular board meeting Wednesday night. In other matters, Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty said bids for the new medical office building were opened Monday, with seven companies bidding on construction. McCafferty said a special meeting will be convened at noon Oct. 6 to consider the bids.

McCafferty said an open house for the new intensive care unit is scheduled for Nov. 9 and 10. Rob Forister, who is the hospital's director of facility support, said the ICU is expected to be complete by Oct. 30 and will be inspected around the first of November by the state department of health.

Trustees also heard from Hospital Foundation Director Ada Kirven, who said there is a lot of activity planned for October, and received an update on the hospital's new downtown facility on Gould Street. Some of the hospital's non-clinical staff, including marketing, community relations, finance, billing and health information management are being moved to the downtown location.