Hospital head visits supervisors
by Paisley Boston
Apr 22, 2014 | 2342 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Interim CEO of Bolivar Medical Center James Atkins gave an update on the conditions of the hospital to the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors Monday.

“In the past few weeks we have been seeing information in the media about the conditions of the hospital. The interim CEO of Bolivar Medical Center James Atkins met with Supervisor Williams and I about the conditions of the hospital,” said McBride.

Atkins said he has been at the hospital about nine weeks and on the second day that he came, the joint commission released the hospital’s survey report.

“Essentially, they come in and they look at quality and patient safety on measures that are used for all hospitals throughout the United States. They came in during the month and February and did our trial annual survey. If a hospital does well during the survey, they only come back every three years,” said Atkins.

“I am proud to say that the hospital did extremely well. We only received two direct deficiencies and the national average is about five. What that gold stamp of approval gives us is three more years before we have to do our next survey,” he added.

Atkins said an article came out outlining the hospital’s consumer report.

“Consumer reports

Towards the end of the meeting interim CEO of Bolivar Medical Center James Atkins gave an update on the conditions of the hospital.

“In the past few weeks we have been seeing information in the media about the conditions of the hospital. The interim CEO of Bolivar Medical Center James Atkins met with Supervisor Williams and I about the conditions of the hospital,” said McBride.

Atkins said he has been at the hospital about nine weeks and on the second day that he came, the joint commission released the hospital’s survey report.

“Essentially, they come in and they look at quality and patient safety on measures that are used for all hospitals throughout the United States. They came in during the month and February and did our trial annual survey. If a hospital does well during the survey, they only come back every three years,” said Atkins.

“I am proud to say that the hospital did extremely well. We only received two direct deficiencies and the national average is about five. What that gold stamp of approval gives us is three more years before we have to do our next survey,” he added.

Atkins said an article came out outlining the hospital’s consumer report.

“Consumer reports are different metrics between 500 hospitals in the U.S. The article was released before the hospital had been surveyed and some of the data is a little outdated,” said Atkins.

“I would like for the hospital to be judged by more recent information. Some of the information released was true at the time but it is not true anymore and it has not been true for the last few years,” he continued.

Atkins also said, “About three years ago, President Barak Obama but fourth 26 multimillion dollar grants to have hospitals learn from each other and try to find what they call “the best practices.””

“The owner of the hospital is Life Point Hospitals Incorporated and they were the only hospital system to receive one of those 26 grants. We are very proud of that,” he said.

Atkins said Bolivar Medical Center took the grant very seriously and worked very hard to improve its conditions.

He announced that the hospital is set to receive a permanent CEO in the near future.