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The Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors met Tuesday night at the hospital library. After going into closed session, the board reviewed the statistics for month of October and it showed inpatient admissions and inpatient census days were way down for the month as well as year to date. Outpatient registrations in October were over-budget and exceeded the previous year by almost 300. Inpatient revenue was below budget and helped to contribute to a loss from operations of $105,318. Year-to-date, the excess of expenses over revenues is $12,637. Accounts receivable continues to be strong at the hospital as days in accounts receivable stand at 42 which is down a day from last month, but have remained near that figure over the last three months. The hospital showed a decrease in cash of over $39,000 from the cash flow statement resulting in the reduction of two days of cash on hand to 69. Director of Nursing Carol Lacy reported that during the month, there were 798 emergency room visits with an average turnaround time of 116 minutes. Also during the month, there were 204 ambulance runs with 199 patients being assessed, 28 surgery cases, 1,940 outpatient registrations, 120 home health visits, 8,554 lab tests, 1,033 radiological procedures, 187 CT scans, 17 MRI scans, 14 nuclear med scans, 517 rehab treatments, 177 dialysis treatments and 384 clinical visits of which 154 were for podiatry. The hospital reviewed their strategic planning goals and Hospital Administrator Dennis Pryor indicated that the hospital would again be looking for a doctor for Internal Medicine as hospital personnel will be attending eight events between this December and April of 2014. Assistant Administrator Kasey Lucas was attending training and was not in attendance as the Electronic Medical Record timeline was reviewed. The Health Screening dates for 2014 were announced and they will be held on February 12th and 13th, May 7th and 8th and September 10th and 11th. Joe Brand reported on the Foundation Program and said that the advisory board reviewed and discussed the brochure. It was announced that filing for the District #1 Board of Director position currently held by Judy Thompson would begin December 17th and last through January 21st, 2014 at the hospital. It was also announced that a joint Board of Directors and Medical Staff dinner would be held on Tuesday, December 10th starting at 5:30. The board did approve the purchase of a document scanner for radiology to replace the old one for $1,012 from PC Connection. The board then went into closed session.

The Salem Police Department released their reports. On Sunday, November 10th at 3:52 in the early morning, a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. The investigation of the stop led to the arrest of a 25-year old Salem male for driving while intoxicated. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. Later that day at 1:25, an officer located a 27-year old Salem male in the 1400 block of South Washington who had an active arrest warrant from the City of Salem. He was taken into custody on the warrant and incarcerated pending a court appearance. Then at 2:45 the same afternoon, an officer went to an address located in the 500 block of Roosevelt and located a 21-year old Salem male who had an active arrest warrant from the City of Salem. He was taken into custody on the warrant and incarcerated pending a court appearance. On Tuesday, November 12th at 8:10 in the morning, an officer was detailed to the Walnut Motel at the intersection of Highway 32 and 19 in reference a theft from a room. That investigation revealed that someone took a Dynex 26 inch flat screen television valued at $350 from a room. Later that afternoon at 3:09, an officer responded to a residence in the 700 block of East Roosevelt in reference a domestic disturbance. The investigation revealed that a 44-year old Salem male was assaulting a 30-year old Salem female upon the officer’s arrival. He was taken into custody for 1st degree domestic assault and incarcerated pending the application for a warrant. On Wednesday, November 13th at 4:28 in the afternoon, an officer was detailed to Walmart in reference to a theft. That investigation revealed that a 26-year old Salem male had stolen numerous items valued at $978. He was arrested and incarcerated pending the application for a warrant. Later that night at 10:10, an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of South Pershing in reference to a stabbing. The investigation revealed that a 25-year old Salem female had stabbed a 32-year old Salem male in the chest with a steak knife. She was apprehended and incarcerated pending the application for warrants for 1st degree assault.  The victim was airlifted to a hospital in St. Louis for treatment of serious injuries. Later that night at 11:16, an officer responded to a residence in the 100 block of North Washington in reference to someone getting into a parked vehicle. That investigation revealed that a resident chased the intruder to an area near Second and Washington where the resident subdued the suspect until Police arrival. The suspect, a 21-year old Salem male, was taken into custody for tampering with a motor vehicle and assault. He was then incarcerated pending the application for a warrant. Anyone with info regarding the theft, which is still under investigation, is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 729-4242.

Sports [TOP]

The St. Louis Blues will be in Boston tonight to play the Bruins at TD Bank Garden. The Blues are 14-3-3 on the year and are second in the Central Division. You’ll be able to hear the game on KSMO Radio starting at 5:30.

The St. Louis Cardinals revealed on Wednesday they have agreed to a three-year contract extension with manager Mike Matheny. Hired in November of 2011 shortly after the Cards claimed their latest of 11 World Series titles and then-manager Tony La Russa announced his retirement, Matheny has guided St. Louis to a 185-139 record and last year's NL Central crown in two seasons at the helm. Also on Wednesday, the Cardinals announced the retirement of pitcher Chris Carpenter. Carpenter, a three-time All-Star, won the Cy Young in 2005 and was named the Comeback Player of the Year in 2009. He was also a major contributor in helping St. Louis to World Series titles in 2006 and 2011. Over his 15-year career, Carpenter has pitched more than 2200 innings in amassing a 144-94 overall record and a career 3.76 ERA with the Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for Frank Pelikan of Rolla, age 81, was held this morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment was in the Ozark Memorial Garden in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the Disabled Veterans or NRA.

Funeral services for Harley Orin Turner of Vienna, formerly of Salem, age 71, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 11:00 in the morning until service time Friday. Interment will be in the Rector Cemetery in Shannon County. Memorials may be made to the family.

Funeral services for Jo Ann Hillis of Salem, age 69, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Friday night from 5:00 to 7:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Jadwin Cemetery.

Funeral services for Toby James Forster of Salem, age 39, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family of Toby Forster.

Funeral services for Donald Ray Wells of Salem, age 69, will be held Sunday at 2;00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 12:30 until service time Sunday. There will be no interment. Memorials may be made to the Grace Community Church.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Cloudy with an 80% chance of showers, high of 53.
Tonight..Cloudy with an 80% chance of showers, low of 46.
Friday..Cloudy with a 60% chance of showers, high of 47.
Friday night..Cloudy, low of 30.
Saturday..Sunny, high of 38.
Saturday night..Mostly clear, low of 16.

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