Source: The News-Enterprise
Hardin Memorial Health was given high marks by employees in a recent survey, Vice President of Human Resources Myra Covault said, ranking the health care system in the top 25 percent in employee engagement among more than 2,200 hospitals and health care systems nationwide.
Press Ganey, an industry leader in health care advisors, conducted the annual survey of more than 1 million health care employees across the country. Survey responses create an understanding of employees’ overall commitment to their jobs and their perception of the health care system, Covault said.
All 2,600 HMH employees had access to the Press Ganey Employee Engagement Survey. Eighty-five percent of HMH employees chose to participate, Covault told HMH Board of Trustees in its meeting Tuesday.
Covault said such surveys indicate opportunities for improvement and HMH closely will evaluate results and develop ways to improve collaboration and communication.
“This is the third year we have done this survey and to know that they are as engaged today as they were three years ago means the world to me, because it is a reflection of the dedication to this hospital to the community, to the patients and their families,” Covault said.
The board also approved a $370,350 purchase Tuesday of 3-D mammography equipment for HMH’s Bardstown location.
Currently, Bardstown Diagnostic only offers 2-D mammography screening.
HMH already has installed two 3-D units at its main campus and one at Elizabethtown Diagnostic Imaging. With community awareness of this new technology and some ordering physicians requiring 3-D as their new standard screening test, HMH Vice President of Operations Tom Carrico said the demand for 3-D screening and diagnostic imaging is increasing.
Carrico said volumes at Bardstown Diagnostic have grown from 442 in fiscal year 2015 to a projected 1,115 in fiscal year 2018 — a growth of nearly 152 percent.
The HMH board also voted to develop a LaRue County family medical practice in Hodgenville.
“It’s a lease agreement to construct a 7,400-square-foot facility in LaRue County in Hodgenville. It’s really to support future growth,” said Jeff Kingery, vice president of HMH Medical Group. “We’ve got a practice there now in LaRue County in Magnolia. So the plan is, we will move that practice and then we will add providers to go into this location.”
Kingery said it is about improving primary care access to the LaRue County community.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, HMH Vice President and CFO Lennis Thompson presented the March financial report. Thompson reported a net profit of $663,000, which is $1.6 million less than projected for the month. Year-to-date, HMH is realizing a net profit of more than $9 million — more than $4.5 million ahead of projections. Thompson attributed the overall positive financial performance for fiscal year 2018 to higher than projected outpatient volumes.