ALBANY, Ga. — The Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital board took action Wednesday on a technical correction of a deed of some property on First Avenue, as well as a set of professional affairs reports.
The property, at 317 First Ave., was sold by the hospital in March 2002 to A&W Company — a general partnership consisting of James D. Woods and Willie Adams Jr. — and has since been bought by Phoebe Putney Health System, officials say.
On Wednesday, at the board’s first meeting of 2013, a quit claim deed concerning the property was approved to be sent off for Phoebe CEO Joel Wernick to sign.
The purposes of the document were to “correct and supplement of record the legal description” in the prior deed from Phoebe to A&W recorded within the Dougherty County land records and to note that the health system now has the responsibility of maintaining the property’s landscape.
The full board also accepted two months’ worth of credentialing reports from the hospital’s professional affairs committee. On those reports, which were presented at a Dec. 17 meeting of the committee, were the names of 12 potential candidates, well as dozens more going through recredentialing or either resigning or retiring.
The recredentialing process takes place every two years, officials with Phoebe say, as a way to ensure doctors remain in good standing. Meanwhile, the hospital’s credentialing committee — consisting of about 10 physicians — takes on the role of looking over an applicant’s qualifications before making a recommendation to the professional affairs committee.
From there, a final decision on the applicants is made by the full board.
“(The credentialing committee) contacts training programs and previous hospitals. At the point (where a final decision is made) we know them very well,” said Joe Austin, chief operating officer for the health system.
Kerry Loudermilk, chief financial officer for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, showed a combined report for the main campus and Phoebe North indicating how busy both campuses have been through the first few months of Fiscal Year 2013 — which began last summer.
The report showed there had been increases since the last fiscal year in admissions, emergency center visits, convenient care visits and equivalent outpatient days. The greatest variance from the budget was in emergency center visits, which were at 35,874 as of the first third of FY 2013.
The data does not reflect the spike seen as a result of the heavy flu activity in recent weeks, which is expected to be included in next month’s report, Loudermilk said.
The year’s first meeting was also the first to include Dr. Steve Kitchen, incoming medical staff president for Phoebe. The position, which rotates every two years, will earn him a spot on the hospital board — which he is expected to officially assume next month.
Kitchen, an obstetrician/gynecologist, is replacing cardiologist Dr. Steven Wolinsky, who had been serving in that role since 2010.