ALBANY, Ga. -- While there is still some work to be done, officials say the blending of two Albany hospitals is moving along nicely.
Transitioning Phoebe North into the Phoebe Putney Health System is still an ongoing process for the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County. It's a transition that includes blending the two management staffs of Phoebe North and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and getting the Phoebe North staff signed on to such perks as the Phoebe HealthWorks gym, for which 141 employees and 26 spouses have enrolled so far.
"We are starting to see the employees blend," said Tom Sullivan, chief transition officer at Phoebe North.
In the meantime, the authority, which generally meets quarterly, is meeting monthly for the time being to deal with operations issues pertaining to Phoebe North as the consolidation between it and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital takes place.
A move made at its most recent meeting Thursday was the approval of the Environment of Care report for Phoebe North.
The report includes six chapters of standards as set forth by the Joint Commission Accreditation Hospital Organization and other federal and state agencies. The categories are Biomedical Equipment Management, Safety Management, Security Management, Fire/Life Safety Management, Hazardous Materials and Utilities Systems Management.
The report showed, among other things, the safety education and training to be 100 percent compliant, the average fire drill score to be 88 percent -- apparently an increase from 85.4 percent the previous year -- and that weekly rounding through mechanical spaces to ensure proper equipment operation is at 98 percent.
On Thursday, the authority also approved the initial appointments of four physicians: Dr. Samir Patel for emergency medicine and Dr. James Sinnott for gastroenterology, as well as nurse practitioners Edgardo Belocura for oncology and Traci Yawn in oncologic surgery.
There were also a number of reappointments and several resignations. The resignations included Dr. Charlotte Charfen in emergency medicine, Dr. Edward Oleen in hematology and oncology, hospitalist Dr. Sheela Shah, nurse anesthetist James Underwood and physician assistant Wun Augustin.
Kerry Loudermilk, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's chief financial officer, also gave a Phoebe North operations indicators report for Fiscal Year 2012, which included a financial update for the newly acquired hospital.
The financial outlook presented for January showed a gross patient revenue of $21.2 million, with $78,487 in other operating revenue. Operating expenses came out to be $5.1 million with an operating income of $83,937.