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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Hospital board OKs purchase of equipment

  • The Phelps County Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees Wednesday night spent $49,793 to meet the requirements of a state law signed July 1 by Gov. Jay Nixon.
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  • The Phelps County Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees Wednesday night spent $49,793 to meet the requirements of a state law signed July 1 by Gov. Jay Nixon.
    Radiology Director Dennis Enloe explained a new piece of equipment was necessary to follow the letter of the breast density law that had been introduced in the General Assembly back in January.
    “While not specifically addressed, we believe failure to report breast density could jeopardize our mammography authorization from the State of Missouri,” Enloe told the board.
    The money for the expenditure of a Siemens Mammomat Inspiration will come from the capital contingency fund.
    That unit will allow the hospital offer full-field digital mammography later this year at the Breast Center.
    Text of the law, as presented by Enloe states the following: “A mammography facility shall provide information to the patient stating that if the mammogram demonstrates that the patient has dense breast tissue, such tissue could hide abnormalities and the patient might benefit from supplementary screening that may be suggested by the ordering physician.”
    Purchase of the software requested by the radiology department will help determine the density of the breast rather than base that on subjective analysis and observed variances.
    Enloe noted that another Siemens unit will also be placed at the Waynesville clinic, now under construction, and it will have the same capabilities as those planned for the Breast Center in Rolla.
    In other business or discussion, the board heard a report from Linde Merrow, administrative director of clinical quality and measurement, on a plan to eliminate waste in time and materials
    The Finance Committee also approved a financial report that showed the hospital continued to perform well in the month of June. Although the inpatient census was not up to budget, the outpatient use of the hospital was high. Non-operating income was also high, so the hospital ended the month with significant net income.

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