Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
ALBANY -- Movement toward renovations of the seventh floor of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and the potential development of a distribution center are among the things the Phoebe Putney Health System is working on in the coming months.
Joe Austin, chief operating officer for the health system, gave an operations report to the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County on Thursday that shows there are a number of things in the works within the system, including the consolidation of the majority of outpatient imaging services at the Meredyth complex as a means to help relieve traffic at the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital campus.
In the meantime, Austin said, officials are considering the establishment of a distribution center to develop a centralized supply purchase and distribution method for the system and to renovate the seventh floor of the main campus -- the latter of which is still waiting on state approval.
By keeping supply services under one roof, the distribution center could potentially save $2 million for the system, he said.
Also coming is a multi-entity credentialing system so that there is one central way of processing every physician at each of the Phoebe hospitals so duplicate provider records can be eliminated.
"If you are a doctor who wants to be in the system, you can fill out an application once and not five times," said Dr. Doug Patten, senior vice president of medical affairs at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. "They will also only have to go through one background check, and it reduces the chances of sham credentials."
Cactus Software will be the system Phoebe officials will use, which is expected to come online throughout the Phoebe Putney Health System in the coming months, Patten said.
Tom Sullivan, chief transition officer at Phoebe North Campus, also gave a volume report for the Palmyra Road facility. The report contained data going as far back as January 2011, when it was Palmyra Medical Center.
Since that time, the monthly admissions have ranged from 246 to 331, from June 2012 and January 2011, respectively. Another report was done on average daily census for the same timeframe, with the lowest average at 42.23 from March 2012 and the highest at 64.93 from April 2013.
Data given on Phoebe's inpatient rehabilitation admissions -- now based at Phoebe North -- from month to month has ranged from four to 32 since July 2012. At the same time, the average daily census for rehab has ranged from 5.16 in July 2012 to 15.4 in April 2013.
"Rehab admissions have continually ticked upward," Sullivan said. "Yesterday we were maxed out and had a waiting list of three people."
The rehab facilities at Phoebe North currently have 66 licensed beds, 25 of which are currently operating, Sullivan said. Officials say that patients with cardiac, orthopedic, stroke-related problems as well as those who have had multiple procedures done are among those the rehab center typically sees.