Hospital spends $117,000 on beds
by Alan Reed
Dec 26, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County Hospital Board made a decision to purchase 14 hospital beds and several stretchers from Stryker Beds for a total of $117,562.31 on the recommendation of Chief Nursing Officer Gail Franks. The hospital’s decision came without advertising for competitive bids.

Franks said the hospital received two quotes, with Stryker’s $50,000 less than the second bid from Hill Rom. She added that her nursing staff preferred the Stryker beds based on patient safety and ease of use. The beds include alarms when patients leave them, mattresses that curb the development of bedsores and photosensitive lighting. Two of the beds feature pneumatic devices to enable the hands-off turning of patients.

The beds were purchased with money donated by the late Mrs. Jean Ricks. Chief of Staff Dr. Eduardo Pavon said, “Mrs. Ricks always asked how the hospital was doing and what we needed. She was a nice lady.”

Ricks’ grant stipulated that the hospital use the donation for the purchase of equipment.

Franks said that the beds would be delivered within six to eight weeks, with in-service training for nursing staff to use the beds and for maintenance personnel to assemble them

Hospital employees told The Cadiz Record that CEO Lisa Coleman was in a meeting when attempts were made to contact her for an explanation as to why bids were not solicited by the hospital for equipment.

In other business, the board selected the Kentucky Hospital Insurance Corporation (KHIC) to continue to provide liability insurance. The policy provides $1 million for each medical incident and $3 million for aggregate claims. The board also added a $23,771 “umbrella” plan for $2 million in additional coverage.

The competing quote from insurer AIG was for $74,922 with an additional $10,031.21 tax not present with the KHIC plan.

Coleman told the board that like its workman’s compensation coverage, the KHIC plan is assessable in event of monetary shortfall by KHIC, but described KHIC as a “viable” company with little risk of assessment. She said that with the addition of physicians and additional services in the ambulance department, the additional coverage provided extra protection. Coleman added that with the hospital’s record with safety, the increased coverage plus the initial policy cost as much as the basic $1 million plan last year.

For complete coverage of the Hospital Board, see the Dec. 26 Cadiz Record.
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