Hospital board approves tax credit for machine
The Hospital District No. 1 of Marion County Board of Directors voted to approve Joe Pickett to apply for a tax credit.
The tax credit would apply to donations for a new mammography machine. The hospital currently uses an analog machine and will be required to upgrade to a digital system sometime in 2013.
“We do lose patients because we don’t have the latest technology,” Pickett said.
The application for the credit will be due July 2. The credit will be for $250,000 and is the same that St. Luke foundation used for the new physical therapy room.
The board also approved three contracts.
The first was with the University of Kansas locum tenens service, which allows local doctors serving residencies to work at St. Luke. St. Luke Hospital CEO Jeremy Armstrong said the hospital has used the program for three years.
The second contract was for Dr. Anne Phyfer who is joining St. Luke Physicians clinic. The vacation time in the contract was changed from four weeks to eight weeks. The board also briefly discussed how Phyfer’s schedule will be covered while she is on vacation and how her workload would be evaluated. Phyfer is scheduled to start working at the clinic July 9.
The third contract was a renewal with QHR, the company that provides St. Luke with administrators like Armstrong.
In other business:
- The board approved going for the maximum tax levy without having to file a resolution, as they do every year. Chief Financial Officer Bev Reid said the budget for 2013 should be ready by July.