VDMC sees positive feedback on Dayton clinic

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees, the board discussed the positive reactions they’ve seen to the opening of a satellite clinic in Dayton.

VDMC CEO Bob Mason said that many of the board members attended the open house at the Dayton clinic.

“We had a wonderful evening,” Mason said. “The weather was great, the food was good and the clinic was well received.”

Mason said that Joe LeVally, senior vice president for planning and advocacy at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, attended the open house. LeVally is a Dayton native, and he played at the open house with his band.

“The community of Dayton couldn’t have possibly been more gracious to us. Everything we’ve asked for, everything we’ve tried to do, they’re making it work,” Mason said.

Mason thanked board trustee Myra Maxon for beginning the motion that led to the opening of the Dayton Clinic.

The board also heard an update on the center’s MRI project. Mason said the center is looking to replace the older MRI machine, which is currently housed in a trailer behind the hospital. He said the project was off track for a bit, but has since gotten back on track. The center is now looking at purchasing a larger MRI machine that will require chillers to be installed on the top of the hospital.

The next step for the project is to go out for bid to have the machine installed. Bid packets will go out to trustees on July 18, and are expected to be back to the board on July 31 when the board will hold a special meeting at noon to discuss the bids.

During the financial and fiscal services report, the board heard that operating revenue came in 18 percent under the expected revenue for the month of June. This was attributed to a less than expected number of patient days. However, an upswing of about 17 total patient days from the month of May was noted.

Lori Foster, director of public relations for VDMC, noted during the meeting that the center will soon have an updated website online.

The board also reviewed news from the recent Relay for Life event, held on June 28 at the South Hamilton High School Track. Mason said that VDMC was a corporate sponsor for the event and center raised $4,292 for the American Cancer Society.