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December 13, 2012

Logansport hospital looking to build new obstetric department

LMH performing well financially

Logansport Memorial Hospital issued a statement to clarify an article printed in Wednesday’s Pharos-Tribune.

“The Women’s Health Center of Logansport Memorial Hospital currently employs three full-time board certified OB/GYN physicians and one part time OB/GYN board-certified physician. James Hall, MD; Duffy Murphy, MD; Bruce Murray, MD; and Timothy A. Delehanty, MD, treat women of all ages and provide a full range of obstetric and gynecological services, including breast disease. Timothy Hall, MD, board-certified OB/GYN physician will join the Women’s Health Center staff in February 2013. The Women’s Health Center is accepting patients and can be reached by calling 574-722-3566. With these physicians, hospital CEO Dave Ameen said the hospital has “full coverage” of its patients.”

The Logansport Memorial Hospital is hoping to invest in new technologies and a new obstetrics department pending its ability to refinance its property.

Dave Ameen, president and chief executive officer of the hospital, said the hospital will likely complete the refinancing in May. The hospital is performing well financially, but Ameen said the move would increase its overall debt for the year.

The current obstetrics wing is in the center of the building, which Ameen said was built in the 1950s.  

“It’s getting older, and I think we’d like to modernize it for our patients’ sakes,” Ameen said.

The wing would be moved to the top of the Women’s Health Center, he said.

Ameen said the new wing, which would have larger rooms and new monitoring equipment, would cost about $5 million.

“That’s why we’re taking such a careful approach,” Ameen said.

The hospital has also ordered a new CAT scan, which cost $700,000 and will be installed January or February. The hospital is going through the bidding process to purchase two new generators, Ameen said.

Ameen said the total debt for the hospital is $18 million, with $16 million on bonds, about $1 million on information systems, and more than $1 million on the East Medical Building.

While the new purchases would increase the debt for the year, Ameen said the hospital will be investing $4 million to $5 million each year after.

“Every excess dollar that we make goes back into the physical plant and operations,” Ameen said.

Overall, Ameen said the hospital is performing well financially, due to increased patient visits and numbers of surgeries.

“We’re hoping it’s that the community is becoming more comfortable and more supportive of us,” Ameen said.

Julie Berndt, chief financial officer at the hospital, said the hospital has also had positive feedback after they changed collection agencies earlier this year. The hospital had several collections agencies before and Berndt said they were not performing well.

“We essentially met with them all and asked them for better production and it didn’t happen,” Berndt said.

Ameen said patients were complaining that they weren’t receiving their bills on time.

Now, the hospital has one company that will be an extended business office for the hospital and two collection agencies, Berndt said.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or caitlin.huston@pharostribune.com.

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