Eureka Springs hospital commission OKs $67K for new flooring
Facility improvements at the Eureka Springs Hospital are underfoot.
On Monday night, the Eureka Springs Hospital Commission heard from CEO Angie Shaw about needed repairs to the flooring in all patient care areas. Chairman Tyson Burden kicked off the discussion, saying the floors in the newer part of the hospital have worn down over time. Burden noted that the newer part of the hospital is still 50 years old.
“The staff felt like … one of the top priorities would be to replace the floor in patient care areas,” Burden said. “We went out and obtained a quote in order to do that.”
Burden said the quote is only available right now, because material costs are increasing rapidly.
“We were able to lock down this price, but if we do decide to wait, the price will be significantly higher,” Burden said.
Shaw clarified that patient care areas include any area that a patient would go, such as patient rooms, patient hallways, the nurse station, the CT room, the cafeteria and all lobbies. Shaw said the hospital wanted to stay local, and the best bid came from Berryville. She said Superior Abbey Flooring Center bid $62,969.13 for all the flooring, installation and freight and fueling charges. Before taxes, Shaw said, the price per square foot was $5.65.
“That included, of course, labor and everything,” Shaw said.
Commissioner April Griffith asked what materials are being used and Shaw said wood grain tiles will be used in patient rooms, hallways and the emergency room, while vinyl sheet flooring will be used in the operating room.
“We did a little different in the OR just because of the traffic in there,” Shaw said.
Griffith asked if the quote includes removal and disposal of the old flooring and Shaw said it does. Burden said wood grain tile is becoming popular in hospitals.
“It’s a style of flooring that’s different from what we had,” Burden said.
Shaw said the materials come with a warranty but she can’t remember the exact details. Commissioner Kent Turner moved to approve the quote from Superior Abbey Flooring Center including materials and installation warranties, and the commission unanimously agreed to do so.
Earlier in the meeting, Shaw delivered the CEO report. Shaw said the hospital has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases since mid-June, completing 298 tests with 33 confirmed positive tests. Seventeen of those positive tests were confirmed after July 1, Shaw said.
“Our infection control officer continues to complete daily reporting to the state and federal authorities regarding the number of positive cases, as well as vaccinations given,” Shaw said.
The hospital continues to offer free vaccine clinics to the community, Shaw said.
“We currently have Pfizer available and we are able to vaccinate ages 12 and up,” Shaw said. “There seems to have been a decline for the vaccine, but I feel like that’s starting to change. More people are contacting Catherine, our community liaison, to set up appointments. Hopefully that trend continues.”
Shaw said the Arkansas Department of Health visited the hospital during the first week of July for a case review, finding that the patient care was appropriate and up to state standards.
The swing bed program has seen an increase in patients over the past month, Shaw said. The ER census is also trending up, Shaw said, with an increase of 34 percent in June 2021 compared with June 2020.
“We have new equipment in the ER for patient care,” Shaw said. “We received new patient vital sign monitors as well as a video laryngoscope to assist in the intubation of patients.”
Outpatient procedures have increased over the past several weeks, Shaw said, and ultrasound is available Monday through Friday during business hours.
“We are currently looking into an online education course to train more of our radiology techs on ultrasound so we can extend that coverage,” Shaw said. “Currently, we have only one ultrasound tech.”
Shaw said the hospital has sent in forms to the state to operate a clinic at the 25 Norris St. site. The plan is for a cardiologist to use the building for clinics on the second Monday of the month, while other doctors will use the clinic space on their designated days.
Shaw reiterated that the hospital continues to offer no-cost community vaccine clinics and has been cold-calling local businesses to see if they’d like hospital employees to host a clinic for their staff.
Turner delivered the financial report, saying there was no change in the checking account in June so the balance remains at $17,019.01. The money market account received $420.12 in interest, Turner said, bringing the total balance to $1,447,051.38.
At the end of the meeting, Burden recognized the “tremendous work” of Virgil Fowler, who died last week. Burden said Fowler helped the hospital secure general liability insurance.
“It was a lot of work and he literally worked day and night on this,” Burden said. “It was really exceptional and we’re going to miss him a lot.”
Burden added that he hopes everyone who can get vaccinated does so. If you get vaccinated immediately, Burden said, you would be considered fully vaccinated approximately five weeks later.
“And that’s going to give you an estimated protection rate of greater than 90 percent against severe disease,” Burden said. “I really encourage everyone who has not been vaccinated to please get a vaccination so we can stop this surge.”
The commission’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, at the Auditorium.