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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Hospital board honors, thanks Dr. Mary Graham

  • She wasn't at the meeting, but Mary Graham, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at Phelps County Regional Medical Center, was honored by the Phelps County Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees Wednesday night, Aug. 27.
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  • She wasn’t at the meeting, but Mary Graham, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at Phelps County Regional Medical Center, was honored by the Phelps County Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees Wednesday night, Aug. 27.
    Board chair Jo Ann Brand-Hoertel read the resolution of appreciation and gratitude, and the board unanimously approved it. Dr. Graham could not attend because she was vacationing, Brand-Hoertel noted.
    In the resolution, a few of Dr. Graham’s accomplishments and contributions are noted:
    • She has attended to the medical needs of her patients and citizens of the wider Phelps County area for 16 years.
    • She has been both a member of PCRMC’s active medical staff and the institution’s medical director of the radiation oncology team since 1998.
    • She has served in numerous leadership positions at PCRMC: chief of staff, vice chief of staff, chairman of the cancer committee, chair of medical imaging and member of the PCRMC Board of Trustees Finance Committee.
    • Dr. Graham was honored as a “Top Doc” in St. Louis Magazine’s “Best Doctors in St. Louis” list in 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2013.
    • She was named in “The 318 top Cancer Specialists for Women” article by Good Housekeeping magazine in 1999.
    • She received the Rolla Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Rolla Award for 2014.
    “Be it resolved by this board that Mary Graham, M.D., is formally recognized for her service and dedication to Phelps County Regional Medical Center,” stated the resolution read by Brand-Hoertel. “Be it further resolved that Mary Graham, M.D., is recognized and thanked for the care and treatment of her many patients by the presentation of this resolution.”
    In other business or discussion:
    • Jana Cook, hospital controller, reported July’s financial information.
    “During the month of July, we posted great results,” she said.
    The census and average daily census figures were above budget. In addition, the hospital had a brief reprieve from the Medicare audit process, although she noted that will resume and will likely result in a requirement for paybacks to the federal government.
    “We have built some reserves for that,” she said.
    • There was no objection to Chief Financial Officer Ed Clayton’s request for authority to negotiate a contact extension with the current auditing firm.
    • Leah Isakson, administrative director of organizational development and innovation, updated the board on the “Putting Health First” community program the hospital is forming.

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