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March 22, 2013

Hospital’s new CEO meets with board for first time

Orcutt gives updates on stages of various hospital projects

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They will also be re-equipping that department, Orcutt said. “Unless something was bought in the last year or two, it will all be tossed out.”

“Another neat project that we’re doing is we’ve been working for a couple months on a new medical office building over in the Park Cities complex where the ambulatory surgery center is,” Orcutt said. “That will be about 8,000-square-foot, and we’ve finished the floor plan design on that.”

They hope to break ground within about three months, according to Orcutt, who said they should see the center open in about a year.

“Most likely, it will be specialists [doctors] using that building,” Orcutt said.

Recruiting for neurology, endocrinology, primary care and urology hires are going well, according to Orcutt.

They’ve also nearly finished an employee survey, Orcutt said.

“Our overall satisfaction rate is coming back pretty good,” Orcutt said, adding that they’ve also gotten a lot of comments and data to help consider what they can change.

The hospital’s cardiac services have recently taken a step forward, Orcutt said.

On Feb. 18, Dr. Dennis Doan and Dr. G.R. Reddy and the team in the cath lab at the hospital moved from doing diagnostic work to interventional services, such as putting a stent in, Orcutt said.

“That has really opened up the doctors’ ability to do more patients at the hospital,” Orcutt said, adding that they don’t have to send as many patients to Fort Worth for things such as stents.“The next step would be for us to start a STEMI call team that come here in the middle of the night and we’ll have a doctor there, a team there behind it to meet our 90-minute [required] times,” Orcutt said.

That was a big internal step, Orcutt said, adding that they will next start talking with EMS regarding STEMIs in a big community promotion of what the hospital’s capabilities are in dealing with heart attacks.

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