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The Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Director’s held their monthly meeting at the hospital library Thursday evening. After the audit report, Hospital Administrator Dennis Pryor gave the summary of operations for the month of September. For the month, the hospital showed a loss from operations of $64,326. Even though inpatient admissions of 61 were over-budget, the number of outpatients registered were 1,673 which is 180 less than budgeted and down 215 from last year. For the fiscal year-to-date, the hospital is still showing an excess of revenues over expenses of $73,140. Looking at the balance sheet, the hospital showed an increase in cash of $731,144 and an increase of $547,788 in accounts receivable from September of 2009. Pryor said that monies are still slow coming to the hospital from Medicare and also from commercial providers. That is a key in why the days in accounts receivable increased from 43 last September to 55 this year. Carol Lacy then gave the nursing services report and said that there were 853 emergency room visits during the month of September with a turn-around time of 103 minutes. There were 213 ambulance runs in September with 206 patients assessed and 159 of them transported. There were 54 dry runs during the month. Also during the month, there were 21 surgeries, 253 Home Health visits, 8,650 lab tests, 1,084 radiological procedures, 230 CT scans, 37 MRI scans, 24 nuclear med scans, 429 rehab treatments, 232 dialysis treatments and 392 clinical visits. Lacy then gave the call light report for July through September and the response time was 2:43 with an average of 46 call lights per day. Administrator Pryor reported that Biba Boardman from Acute Care was the overall winner of the “Pounds for Packs” contest with 15% total weight loss. The greatest amount of weight lost by one individual was 30 pounds, and those participating lost a total of 403 pounds. The hospital board agreed to donate $5 for every pound lost and so they will contribute $2,015 to the Backpack program. Pryor said that the third straight year, the Salem Hospital Home Health Agency is one of the top 100 agencies nationally. Salem is one of three agencies in Missouri to receive this honor and is the only one from a rural area. Pryor gave the hospital auxiliary report and the Quilt Sale and Colors of Cancer Banquet brought in $785, and the Books are Fun promotion brought in another $676. Their next event will be the masquerade jewelry sale November 8 and 9th at the Dent County Fire Station. Pryor went over the inpatient surveys that were received for July through September. The surveys continue to show outstanding results as a total of 29 were received. Pryor updated the board on the construction work as the Business Office and Home Health have now moved to the lower level of Physicians Office #3. The Long-Term Care expansion has been put on hold waiting for steel to arrive, and the Activity Room and reception area work will begin this week. Casey Lucas spoke about the electronic medical record timeline and said that he met with doctors about the current MPM and they recommended finding a different vendor. He said the installation of the hospital-wide wireless access should now be completed, and that the go-live date for the Med-Host Emergency Room Software will be November 2nd. The board approved budgeted purchases for the laboratory of a 2-drawer file cabinet from Staples in Rolla for $105 and a Safeco desktop organizer from Automated Business Systems for $167. They approved the purchase of an Izzy Hag Ultrasound Chair for radiology for $841 from Cone, seven licenses for Office 2010 for SMDH Family Health Care for $3,187 from CDW-G, Ergotron StyleViews Work Station for Displays from CDW for $9,561 and the six-software user license fee from WaveWave Technologies for $1,919. In non-budgeted purchases, the board approved the purchase of an EZ-IO G3 Power Driver from EA Medical for the ambulance for $335, and approved the purchase of a Polycom Soundstation conference phone for the IS Department for $365 from Comp USA. The board then went into closed session.

Sports [TOP]

Ben Adams carried the ball 18 times for 180 yards and a touchdown, and Johnny Boyd added another 137 yards on the ground on 12 carries plus a touchdown as the Salem Tigers amassed 501 yards rushing en route to a 35-13 win over St. James. Ryan Smith scored twice and Kevin Presley also scored for Salem as they improve to 6-3 on the year and 1-1 in district play. They will host the Indians of the School of the Osage Thursday night to see who will advance to the state playoffs as the “wildcard” district entry.

The Salem Lady Volleyball Tigers will be at Owensville today at 5:00 to face the St. Clair Lady Bulldogs in the first round of District play. You can hear the contest on KSMO and online at

Blaine Gabbert threw for 308 yards and a touchdown on 30-of-42 passing, and 11th-ranked Missouri remained as the only unbeaten team left in the Big 12 after scoring 16 consecutive points in the fourth quarter to upend top-ranked Oklahoma, 36-27. Jarrell Jackson was Gabbert's primary target, catching nine passes for 139 yards and scoring the go-ahead touchdown for Missouri (7-0, 3-0 Big 12), which beat Oklahoma for the first time after seven straight losses to the Sooners.

Thomas Jones rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and the Kansas City Chiefs downed the Jacksonville Jaguars, 42-20, at Arrowhead Stadium. Matt Cassel played mistake-free and completed 13-of-18 passes for 193 yards with two touchdown passes to Dwayne Bowe, as the Chiefs (4-2) snapped a two- game skid behind a ground game that amassed 236 yards. Bowe ended with 81 yards on three receptions.

Josh Freeman hit Carnell Williams with a one-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came back to shock the St. Louis Rams, 18-17, at Raymond James Stadium. Sam Bradford threw for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 13-of-26 efficiency for the Rams (3-4), Steven Jackson ran for 110 yards on 22 carries and passed Hall-of-Famer Eric Dickerson (7,235) as the top rusher on the Rams' all-time list.

Erik Johnson’s overtime goal 50 seconds into overtime and Jaroslav Halak’s 31 saves, lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night. On Friday night, the Blues beat Chicago by a 4-2 score.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Jacob "Jake" Samuel Ray of Salem, age 18, will be held Tuesday at 2:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 tonight. Memorials may be made to the family.

Funeral services for Sally A. Price of Salem, age 96, will be held Tuesday at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time Tuesday. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Kenneth Edward Norris of Salem, age 77, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time Wednesday.   Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy and breezy, high of 78.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy and breezy with a 50% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 55.
Tuesday..Partly sunny early with a 20% chance for showers, then mostly sunny by the afternoon, high of 68.
Tuesday night..Mostly clear, low of 45.



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