No Funds Available, CMMC Board Told
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Shreveport Jou SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 1972 May Force 'Phasing'— No Funds Available, CMMC Board Told By MERRILEE LEATHERMAN Journal Staff Writer "There just aren't any funds available." That now familiar state-ment out of Baton Rouge was heard once again Tuesday evening as Director Dr. Edgar Galloway and Robert Hall, assistant director, told Confederate Memorial Medi-cal Center board members about their recent appearance before the legislative budget committee in Baton Rouge. "They were very nice about it," said Dr. Galloway, "but said budgets for state agen-cies are being prepared on a stand-still basis since there simply is no money available for them to promise." DR. GALLOWAY reminded the board that Confederate has asked for $2 1/2 to $3 million more than requested last year. Eighty per cent of the additional funds are to staff the planned intensive care units and the new out-patient clinic. "If we don't get the mo-ney," said the director," we may wind up with new facili-ties and no money for people. I asked Baton Rouge what Confederate was going to do about this. They said we might have to consider phas-ing in parts of the operation as we can, instead of opening them all at one time." Another possible result in Confederate doesn't receive the extra monies may be to cut the number of nursing students. DR. CHARLES L. BLACK, nursing service and education committee, said the nursing school is going to have to have 12 more teachers to take care of an enrollment of 125 students. He added, "If we can't afford teachers, we'll have to cut down on the number of students." Students can get all types of loans to go to nursing schools, said Dr. Black, "the problem is getting teachers." Some 78 students presently are enrolled at Northwestern School of Nursing; however, 586 students have requested information for the coming year when the school will start its 24-month program. "Interest in he straight 24- month program is extremely high," commented Dr. Black. OF. THE 78 students now enrolled, said Dr. Black, mid-term grades from LSU-Shrewsport indicate that 13 students will be dropped. NSU nursing students take their first year basic courses at LSU.Shreveport. Dr. Edgar Hull, dean, LSU School of Medicine in Shreve-port, said they, too, anticipate budget trouble. He asked Hall when Confederate would be getting the requested equip-ment for inhalation and pul-monary therapy. Hall said the hospital does not have the money as yet for the units since' plans for the medical and surgical intensive care units and cobalt therapy pro-jects are being finalized. He added that once bids are issued for the projects, we will know what we need and will be able to allocate monies for equipment." AN UNEXPECTED addi-tional expenditure for the new outpatient clinic also was disclosed Tuesday night. Gen. J. Spender Hardy, chairman, Building and Grounds com-mittee, said $3,710 is needed for a change order to connect the outpatient clinic building to the city sanitary sewer. Architectural plans called for the sewer connection at one point, said Gen. Hardy, but during construction it was found that the sewer will have to be connected further down Linwood because of a differ-ence in ground levels at the previously selected point. Hall told the board, who okayed the funds, the monies would have to come out of the ineligible patient receipts. He commented, 'We don't have much choice but to okay the money, but we may have to hold up on some equipment for the building due to lack of funds." HALL. ALSO told board members that Confederate' probably will show a $125,000 deficit at the close of the fiscal year on July 1. He said that Medicare and Medicaid collections have been good and since the h o s p i t a 1 is allowed to carry any medi-care or medicaid excess over into the next year, these collections will help the deti-cit. Gen. Hardy, reporting on the planned medical and sur-gical intensive care units and cobalt therapy projects, said drawings for the intensive care units are about ninety per cent complete. However, the cobalt therapy plans have been held up due to a wait for information on shielding re-quirements. After the plans are finalized and reviewed by several agen-cies, Gen. Hardy said all three contracts will be let simultaneously. He a d d ed there will be an option to drop one or more of the projects in case money do e s n 't come through. DR. GALLOWAY said a committee from the Joint Commission of Hospitals had s u r v e y e d the hospital in- March, but will not make their report known for about 60 days. Dr. Galloway, howev-er, said the c o m m i s s i o n seemed favorable and com-mented that "the employes all seemed to be happy and contented with their jobs." The director also announced that Miss Neddie O'Moore Roberts, formerly with the State Department of Public Welfare in Baton Rouge, has been named to head the social services department. She re-places Mrs. Dorothy S. Heller who retired this month. In noting Mrs. Heller's retire-ment, board chairman T. B. Lanford suggested a letter from the board be sent Mrs. Heller expressing their grati-tude for her years of service and loyalty to the hospital.
|Title||No Funds Available, CMMC Board Told|
Confederate Memorial Medical Center Board of Directors (Shreveport, La.)
Galloway, Edgar, 1894-1982
Hall, Robert C.
Black, Charles Lester, Sr., 1913-2010
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