Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 15, 1988 · Page 3
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 3

Logansport, Indiana
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Tuesday, March 15, 1988
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Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Tuesday, March 15, 1988 PageS Memorial To Install CAT Scan Board approves remodeling of room for unit ByDAVEKITCHELL City Editor Memorial Hospital is proceeding with its plans to install its new CAT scan unit. The hospital's board of trustees Monday night approved a motion to hire the Leo Brown Construction Company of Logansport to remodel a room at the hospital for the unit. The cost of the project is $120,000. The project will include reinforcement of the floor beneath the unit and the installation of lead-lined doors and walls. No target date for completion of the project was set. The unit will be the first permanent CAT scan unit ever installed at the hospital. Controller Robert Conelley said the hospital is currently overbudgeted for CAT scan services this year because no money was included in the 1988 budget for the use of a temporary CAT scan unit. He said that once the unit is installed, any loss should be recouped quickly. Payment for temporary use of a CAT scan unit was virtually the only rough spot in an otherwise smooth financial month for the hospital. Conelley said the hospital experienced a good month during February. Outpatient visits were up 15 percent over last year. The number of patient days for the year increased by 5.2 percent over the same period a year ago. The hospital posted a net gain during February of $51,000 and has now reached a net surplus level for the year of $110,500. In other business: •The board voted to purchase any local pharmaceutical drugs from Dexter Professional Pharmacy. Last year, the board had agreed to purchase additional Pharmaceuticals from Kesling Drugs. Hospital Administrator Herbert Fromm said the move would probably save the hospital $500. The hospital annually buys about $3,500 in additional Pharmaceuticals from a local pharmacy. •Dr. Gary Miller, Memorial's chief of staff, said the Memorial Physician Recruitment Committee is actively working to secure a new ear, nose and throat specialist for the community. Miller said the staff will probably recommend next month that the board approve medical privileges for a Kokoirio otolaryngoJogist. He said although the Memorial Credentials Committee has recommended that the doctor be given only consulting privileges at the hospital, the Medical Staff Executive Committee will probably recommend that he be given full surgical privileges. He said the Kokomo physician will provide only a temporary solution to Logansport's need for an ear, nose and throat specialist who will reside here permanently. •The board learned that one of three emergency room physicians, Dr. Chris Jensen, will be resigning in April to move to Sioux Falls, Iowa with her husband. •Al Gatmaitan, the hospital's assistant administrator, said he is proceeding with plans to activate the Memorial Hospital Foundation. Robert Dawson, the board president, and Charles Jump, a member of the board, were appointed to the foundation board. One of the functions of the foundation is expected to be the collection and disbursement of monetary gifts to the hospital. •Conelley said steps have been taken in the last month to improve the hospital's bill collection methods. Conelley said patients who have delinquent accounts will be sent a notice that they're bill will be turned over to a collection agency 15 days prior to the date it's turned over to the agency. •The board approved staff privileges for a new oncologist, Dr. Richard Fayssoux ot Indianapolis. Plan Commission Approves City CIP Minimum Care Ste ve Sumniers/Pharos-Tribune Mary Baumann, Rt. 3, has her blood pressure taken by AAemorial Hospital LPN Lora Little in the new Alternative Care Unit, a temorary care unit at the hospital. The unit, which was opened Monday, is designed to serve patients that are in need of minimal medical care ot lower room rates. Former AP Sports Editor Dies ByDAVELONG Staff Writer The Logansport Plan Commission Monday approved a capital improvement program (CIP) for the city identifying needed capital improvements in the next three years. They will be sent to the city council for its review. The CIP is a part of the overall comprenhensive master plan for the city and it allows the city to look at needed improvements from a comprehensive viewpoint, according to Logansport-Cass County Planner Mark Mills. The CIP committee, chaired by Suzanne Chilcott, met with each of the city's department heads to determine priorities for capital improvements. The committee approved a CIP with projects of $1,659,840 for possible appropriations through 1991. Requests of $507,700 were deferred until 1992 or later. The city council has the final authority in appropriating the money through the budget process for the capital improvements. Police department requests were for $220,000 including four squad cars each year; a chief's car in 1989 and a new traffic van in 1991. The fire department requests were for $304,390 including new pumper trucks in 1989 and in 1990 and replacement of other equipment in 1989. The parks department re- quests were for $479,000 including major expenditures for new equipment and the repair of old equipment. The majority of the parks department requests were for 1992 or later. Plan commission members were told that the parks and recreation department is working on a revised parks master plan. The golf course requests were $229,300 including $10,000 each year for cart path paving. The majority of the golf course requests were for routine maintenance equipment. The cemetery department requests wer $225,150 including a new backhoe in 1989 and $20,000 each year for street paving in the cemeteries. Street department requests were for $112,000. The major items were vehicles. The department requested $14,000 in 1989 for a sign machine oven. The board of works request was for $90,000 including $30,000 each year for the city's curb and gutter replacement program. Mills also told the commission that he denied a request from Joan Sue DeFord, 105 E. Linden Ave., for a variance from the side yard setback standards. Mills' denial was a part of his duties as hearing officer for the commission. Mills said the denial was based upon his opinion that the proposed garage was too large for the area proposed and would block the riverfront. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dale W. Burgess, 78, former Indiana sports editor for The Associated Press, has died at his home. Funeral arrangements were incomplete. Burgess, who died Monday, began working for the news service in 1939. He was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in May 1972. Burgess was born March 13, 1910, and attended Ball State University. He worked at the New Castle Times from 1929-30 and the Muncie Evening Press from 1931-39. 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