Recent revenues for Pratt Regional Medical Center were better than expected.

The most recent financial report for Pratt Regional Medical Center shows hospital is doing well. Alan Waites, PRMC vice president for finances officer and Susan Page, PRMC president and chief executive officer, presented a financial update to the Pratt County Commissioners at their regular weekly meeting Dec. 4.

Waites said revenues for October and November were $700,000 above expectations but expenditures were $300,000 higher then budgeted. But after all was said and done, the hospital revenue volumes were good with $360,000 on the plus side.

Page said a representative from Homeland Security had visited the hospital and made an assessment. The hospital will be implementing his recommendations for improving hospital security.

The Pratt Health Foundation is helping fund an infant security system. The hospital will conduct a baby abduction drill, also to improve hospital security.

Page said roof of the 18-year-old portion of the roof had been resurfaced with the approval of the County Hospital Board.

County Clerk Sherry Kruse said the terms of two members of the County Hospital Board, Rich Sanders and Ross Hoener, were expiring at the end of this session.

Tim Branscom, Pratt County Emergency Manager, said he was purchasing a gas detector with the ability to detect five different gases including ammonia. The detector has an alarm, has panic button and is rechargeable. The cost of the detector is less than $2,000 and does not require Commission approval for purchase.

Commissioners agreed it was something the county needed and would be a good purchase.

Branscom attended a Red Cross training event that involved 14 agencies from Pratt County. He said it provided good training and would be repeated after the first of the year.

Darci VanDerVyver, director of Public Health, said work is done on the first examination room remodel and work was well under way on the second examination room.

A retirement party for Health Department Nurse Mary Ohl will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29 at the Pratt City Fire Department at 201 South Jackson. Ohl is retiring after 45 years as a registered nurse with 14 of those years at the health department, VanDerVyver said.

The public is invited to attend the event or if unable to attend, send cards or notes to Pratt County Health Department, 712 South Main, Pratt, KS 67124.

Commissioners opened bids for a new riding mower for the Pratt County Veteran's Memorial Lake. Bids were received from L&W Repair, Kincheloes and BTI. Commissioner Glenna Borho did not take part in the discussion. Commissioners David Ward and Joe Reynolds reviewed the prices and features of each mower.

Doug Freund, county road and bridge supervisor, said he wanted time to go look at one of the mowers he was unfamiliar with before the vote was taken so the matter was tabled until the next Commission meeting on Dec. 11.

Freund also presented a road crossing permit for a water line east of Iuka. The Commissioners approved the crossing.

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