The staff, board and facilities at Wise Regional Health System all experienced a little growth as a result of Monday night’s board meeting.
The board that governs the hospital appointed Carey Williams to place 1.
Matt Joiner, Mary Williams and Linda Rios were named to the Wise Regional Health Foundation board, and three new physicians were also introduced.
Saeid Aryan, M.D., a neurosurgeon, Arshad Mustafa, M.D. a rheumatologist, and Cynthia Hartman, D.O. and OB/GYN, provided brief backgrounds and were welcomed to Wise Regional. Six other physicians, two nurse practitioners and physician assistant were also approved for staff privileges upon recommendation from the Medical Executive Committee.
The board also approved the acquisition of a physical therapy clinic in Argyle and the purchase of two pieces of equipment for spine surgery at the Parkway Surgical Hospital, which opened earlier this year.
A Stryker Sonopet dissection tool was purchased at a cost of $172,195, and a Stryker navigation system for spinal implants was purchased at a cost of $118,739.
In planning for a future Fit-N-Wise fitness/therapy/sports medicine complex, the board OKd a civil engineering contract with Adams Engineering for $65,000, allowing them to begin work on developing the facility, which will sit just north of the main hospital east of Farm Road 51.
CEO Steve Summers told the board there has been some interest expressed by representatives of the Wise County Veterans Group for the Veterans Administration (VA) to provide some services in Wise County – possibly at the Bridgeport campus. Summers said he would welcome an opportunity to discuss the issue with VA representatives.
He also told the board the Siemens Healthcare Software division is being acquired by the Cerner Corp. Since Wise Regional uses primarily a Siemens platform for its information technology system, he is anxiously waiting to see how the change impacts the hospital.
CFO Jim Eaton gave the board a financial report, noting the hospital had an increase in net position of $273,000 for July, with patient charges and other revenues of $45.6 million. Both inpatient admissions and outpatient services were up for the month.