Continued Dedicated Service to Our Community
Administrator’s Bi-Week in Review
Pay Period Ending May 28 – Plus “COVID UPDATE #58”
I apologize for the late submission of this pay period’s activity. A KHA (Kansas Hospital Association) Board retreat in Colorado Springs took up my post Memorial Day week and catch up is now the name of the game. I remain impressed with the KHA team which truly focuses on the significant current events affecting our hospitals. Workforce issues and educating our youth towards skills needed for healthcare careers was the central theme of the week, and some great data and ideas were shared. We have an opportunity to improve on a few fronts, and that is difficult to do without knowing our existing baselines. However, the challenges are deeply rooted enough that some disruptive changes are going to be essential in order to stem the current trends in our schools and career pathways. Cost of education and core certification requirements might need to be modified over the long term if we might hope to change the path we are navigating. I do intend to share some of what I learned in upcoming dialogues, when more of the data we heard is made available to us.
Considering the inclusion of a holiday week at the end of a pay period, business was strong at MCH…thanks to you all who remained and performed so well. Leading the way was a stronger census and just a well-blended complement of outpatient services (with an “eye day” thrown into the mix, and a high number of pain therapy infusions). Another positive sign, as mentioned in the last report, is our recent improvement in recovering cash from the delay in billings experienced in April.
The focus for the month of June will have to revolve around the EHR conversion to the Cerner platform. Go-live is less than two weeks away…and there is anxiety creeping in. But help will be strong the week of the 20th. I encourage all staff to make some hours available during the Monday through Thursday time line of June 20-23, when the Cerner instructors are on site. Especially if you are not scheduled during these few days, I encourage you to come in for even a handful of paid training hours, and access a computer, or shadow someone on a computer – with the experts at your side. It will make for easier times when they are not on site. Please coordinate those few extra hours with your supervisor, but know we value each of you being trained and getting comfortable with the new software. Thanks to all the super users and Ron and Stephanie who have paved the way for getting us to this near point of “the big flip”.
Thanks to all of you who assist in encouraging our area residents to turn to MCH for their healthcare needs. Have a great next two weeks!!
Kevin Leeper, CEO