Coleman, Hospital Chief Financial Officer Bethany Goss, Hospital Emergency Director Dr. Richard Cales and Hospital Nursing Director Gail Frank spoke to the fiscal court during their Tuesday meeting at the courthouse basement.
Coleman said that 2008/2009 was a challenging year for the hospital with the closing of Johnson Controls, Inc., and other local layoffs, although she added that accounts receivable and other numbers showed some improvement.
Additionally, Cales and Franks discussed the new ambulance service policy, which sets guidelines for what patients are taken to which hospitals. Cales said the most critical patients will be transferred to another hospital.
One magistrate said he was annoyed when he heard about people specifically asking not to be taken to Trigg County Hospital.
Cales also said the new policy gives ambulance personnel a written set of guidelines to help determine priorities for patient treatment, and added that all hospital personnel have been trained on the new policies.
In other fiscal court business, magistrates approved a memorandum of understanding with the Pennyrile District Health Department that will allow the Trigg County Recreation Complex Convention Center to be used in the event of a community medical emergency.
The recreation complex convention center’s primary task during a community medical emergency would be as a point of dispensing clinic to disperse pharmaceutical supplies.
Magistrates also approved other routine items of business, like monthly expenditures and interfund transfers. $50,000 was transferred from the county’s general fund to the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department.
Among the bills paid was a $31,000 bill to Kyler Bridge Company for the widening of the Old Hopkinsville Road bridge.
The fiscal court’s next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, at the courthouse basement.