Hospital board to look at dialysis service

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, September 21, 2013

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The Decatur Hospital Authority is expected to authorize the development of a peritoneal dialysis service when it meets at the Wise Regional Health Center board room Monday evening.

That’s just one item on the board’s agenda for the regular September meeting.

With hemodialysis, patients whose kidney function is impaired must come to a facility on a regular basis and be hooked up to a machine for several hours to have their blood filtered. Peritoneal dialysis allows patients to give themselves treatments at home, at work or while traveling. It may also allow them to use fewer medications and eat a less restrictive diet.

The hospital board will also consider approving an expansion and extension of the lease for the Physical Therapy service at the Bridgeport campus, and will consider and approve a memo of understanding with the Helen Farabee Center for substance abuse services.

They will also hear August year-to-date financial reports, get an update on the hospital’s infection control plan, and approve new appointments, bi-annual reappointments and first-year reviews for physicians and other professional staff.

The meeting will open at 6 p.m. with public comments, then move into an executive session where the board will discuss the Medical Executive Committee report and the quality assurance/performance improvement report. They will also discuss potential litigation and review information relating to new services.

Hospital CEO Steve Summers will give an administrative report. The meeting is open to the public.

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