Sandra Brock, BHRC controller, told board members during a formal session Tuesday night the George R. Johnson Foundation has approved $48,000 in grant money which officials plan to use to purchase rehabilitation and gymnasium equipment.
According to Dennis Burtnett, BHRC administrator, plans to expand the rehabilitation facility have been underway.
Burtnett told board members a wing previously utilized to care for Alzheimer’s residents has been earmarked for the rehabilitation center.
“We are very pleased to hear of the news from the Johnson Foundation, and look forward to the expansion of our rehabilitation services,” Burtnett said. “We want to thank the George R. Johnson Foundation for their support to our community.”
Brock also reported that a grant was approved for $20,000 to go toward the purchase of a transport van. Brock said the amount is 50 percent of what is needed. She said her office is continuing to search options for additional grant money sources.
“We have a fundraiser account that we already have money in to help with the purchase,” she said. “This is still developing, and we will continue to look for ways to obtain additional grant funding.”
Brock also reported work is continuing to convert the data systems.
An electronic medical records management program named PointClickCare will simplify records and billing processes.
Burtnett said several thousand health care facilities already use the program.
He and board chairman Dr. John Stanbery thanked Brock for her diligence in the transition to the new program.
An update to electronic medical records means more technology around the center’s campus. Estimated numbers project the need for more than 20 kiosks strategically placed around the building, more than 10 medcart computers and several laptops. The center’s current computers will be utilized, provided they can be updated, according to previous reports.
Burtnett said the kiosks will allow employees to see a resident and then type in information immediately after the visit. The current method of record-keeping is to write out the information manually. It is believed typing in the ADLs, or activities of daily living, will result in more details.
“The feeling is when we capture the ADLs better, we are looking at our revenue increasing on a monthly basis of probably about $50,000 more a month. Basically, better record-keeping of activities of daily living will drive up our Medicare rate,” he had reported.
Burtnett said the resident census was remaining steady at 176 occupancies.
“We are always looking for ways to increase revenues,” he said.
Ideally, he said BHRC’s plan is to have 186 or more residents.
BHRC has 213 beds in the facility.