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The Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors met for the regular meeting Tuesday evening at the hospital library. In the summary of operations, Controller Becky Cunningham indicated that inpatient admissions continued to be down with only 64 for the month which is below budget. The loss from operations for the month was $353,398, and after the tax revenue, the excess of expenses over revenues stood at $349,692. For the year, the hospital is showing a loss from operations of $296,575, but had an excess of revenues over expenses after tax revenues of $186,062. Even with the loss from operations, there was an increase in cash for the month of $89,060 and $415,836 for the fiscal year. Days in accounts receivable for June stood at 48 and that is four less days than in May, and seven days less than last June. Director of Nursing Carol Lacy reported that during the month, there were 829 emergency room visits with an average turnaround time of 131 minutes. Also during the month, there were 184 ambulance runs with 182 patients being assessed, 30 surgery cases, 1,742 outpatient registrations, 93 home health visits, 9,256 lab tests, 939 radiological procedures, 156 CT scans, 23 MRI scans, 19 nuclear med scans, 470 rehab treatments, 250 dialysis treatments and 332 clinical visits of which 129 were for podiatry. Lacy said that the call light report for the last quarter continued to be solid and were consistent with the whole fiscal year. Hospital Administrator Dennis Pryor then read the satisfaction results from the Emergency Room Survey, the In-Patient Satisfaction Survey and the SMDH Rural Health Clinics Survey. All showed outstanding results as there were 128 responses from the Emergency Room Survey, 34 responses from the In-Patient Survey and 117 surveys were received from the health clinics. Pryor reported that three physicians were reviewed and approved for Courtesy Staff privileges by the medical staff. The three are Mark D. Brecheisen, DO for emergency medicine, John J. Stephens, MD and Michael Messing MD in teleradiology. Assistant Administrator Kasey Lucas reported that the hospital changed to their Critical Access Software on July 1st, they are still working on EMR scanning and printing, and office managers are collecting statistics in Allscripts for meaningful use so they can attest at the end of September. The hospital will have representatives in Viburnum at the Doe Run Health Fair on August 10th. Carol Lacy said that the dissemination of findings of the Community Health Needs Assessment would be happening soon with a summary of the information collected as well as a breakdown of the data to reach the top 10 categories and then finally reduce it to the top three needs. The information will be sent to the Salem News and KSMO Radio, and will also be put on the SMDH.net website. The board approved the purchase of three dialysis machines from Fresenius USA Manufacturing for a total of $37,350. The board set the public tax meeting for August 20th at 5:45 before the next regular meeting. They also elected officers for the next fiscal year. The new chairman of the Board of Directors is Dennis Fiebelman, the Vice-Chairman is Joe Brand and the Secretary is Judy Thompson. They then went into closed session.

A boating accident occurred Saturday, July 13th at 5:45 in the evening in Crawford County on the Meramec River just downstream from Confluence with the Huzzah River. According to the report, Emily Ratcliff of Marthasville, while swimming in the water was struck by a boat. Ratcliff suffered serious injury and was transported by the North Crawford ambulance to Missouri Baptist in Sullivan. 

The Dent County Health Center has received a limited supply of tetanus vaccine and will be offering Tdap (tetanus, diphtheris, and pertussis) immunizations at no charge for anyone ages 11 and up, until the supply is exhausted. Walk-in clinics at the Health Center will be held July 18th, July 19th and July 29th from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. First come, first serve basis.

The Salem Police Department released a report. On Thursday, July 11th at 2:00 in the early morning, an officer was detailed to a residence in the 900 block of Thomas in reference to a stolen vehicle.  Investigation of the report revealed a white 2010 GMC Yukon, valued $40,000 was taken from the driveway of a residence.  After other law enforcement agencies had been notified of the theft, the vehicle was stopped by Bourbon Police Department and recovered.  Zackary H. Berardy, an 18 year-old male of Salem, was taken into custody and a warrant was issued for the theft of the vehicle.  Berardy is currently in custody in Dent County Jail.  In lieu of several recent vehicle thefts the Salem Police Department would like to remind the public to please make sure you remove your keys from your ignition and always lock your vehicle. Please contact the Salem Police Department at 729-4242 if you have any information.

Sports [TOP]

Mariano Rivera and the rest of the American League pitching staff hung a three-hit shutout on the National League in a brisk 3-0 victory in the 84th edition of the All-Star Game. The crowd at Citi Field sat through a pitchers' duel Tuesday, with six AL hurlers making perfect appearances, including Rivera, who tossed a flawless eighth inning in his 13th and final Midsummer Classic. For his efforts, Rivera became the first reliever to win the outright MVP. White Sox left-hander Chris Sale breezed through two frames to earn the win, while Jason Kipnis, Jose Bautista and J.J. Hardy each had an RBI in the victory. The outcome ended the NL's three-game winning streak and gave the AL home-field advantage for the World Series.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for Thelma Chilton Meyers, of Salem, age 89, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Miner Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Project Win.

Funeral services for Donald Paul Norris of St. James, age 65, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the 1st Assembly of God Church in St. James. Interment will be in the Asher Cemetery with Full Military Honors. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James.

Funeral services for Everett Eugene Wisdom of O’Fallon, Missouri, age 48, will be held today at 12:00 noon at the Baue Funeral Home in O’Fallon. Interment will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in O’Fallon, Missouri. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Funeral services for Ron Stone of Licking, age 65, will be held Friday morning at 10:00 at the St. John Catholic Church in Licking. A vigil will be Thursday at 6:00 with visitation from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Fox Funeral Home in Licking. Interment will be in the Williams Cemetery.

Graveside services for Allen Robnett, formerly of Salem, age 71, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Anutt Cemetery in Anutt. Arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Ollie Mae Cunningham of Steelville and formerly of Bourbon, age 88, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Bourbon. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 at the church. Interment will be in the Bourbon Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny and hot with a chance for a scattered afternoon thunderstorms high of 92.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 71.
Thursday..Mostly sunny and hot, high of 93.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 68.
Friday..Sunny, high of 94.
Friday night..Cloudy, low of 72.

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