Pratt Regional Medical Center patient revenue has exceeded predictions.

The total patient revenue for Pratt Regional Medical Center is above predicted numbers for the last six months. Alan Waites, PRMC vice president for finances and Susan Page, PRMC president and CEO, presented a finance update to the Pratt County Commissioners at their regular weekly meeting on May 7.

The expenses were also to the good for $450,000 and the hospital is almost $1.9 million to the good for the year. He reported there was high Intensive Care Unit usage during March and April.

Waites said income was high and expenses were low so the hospital was in very good shape for the year.

Scott Harris, EMS director, said an adjustment in Medicaid would result in a 20 percent in- crease in ambulance reimbursement. It was the first adjustment Medicaid has made for ambulance reimbursement since 2005, Harris said. Harris said he was having trouble getting part time help because of the Pratt County residency requirement.

“I’m all for doing away with the residency clause. People do want to come here to work,” Harris said.

The commissioners voted to phase out the residency requirement to get more people interested in coming to Pratt County.

The Commissioners approved a Cloud based data system for emergency services for 36 months at an $11,276 annual fee.

Sheriff Jimmy White said he had been able to purchase two 2018 Dodge Charges for a total for both vehicles of $33,000.

Jason Winkel, landfill manager, said they had a good response the first day of free week at the landfill. He said they had 65 customers on Monday and were expecting those daily numbers to increase as the week progressed.

The clean out of the leachate pit is complete. A lot of material was removed and it was the consistency of peanut butter, Winkel said.

The leachate pit collects runoff water at the landfill then evaporates. There was so much material collected in the pit that water was backing up onto the driving area so the pit needed to be cleaned out.

The recycle center has received a lot of household hazardous waste recently including five truck loads of material from Elwood Lawrence construction. The swap shop had 90 gallons of paint and it was gone in three days, Winkel said.

Nancy Smith, Community Service work coordinator, reported they have 52 open files in three areas: Pratt County Attorney-20 open files; South Central Community Corrections- 20 open files; Court Services-12 open files.

Nineteen clients have completed their community service hours since January. Community Service workers have worked in numerous locations around Pratt including Pratt County Recycling Center, Senior Commodity Distributions, Teen Center, Southwind Hospice Thrift Shop, Pratt Area Humane Society, Pratt County Food Bank, Red Cross Blood Drives, Pratt Are Public Transportation and Pratt County Courthouse. Some workers completed their service at Salvation Army sites in Hutchinson and Dodge City.

Tim Branscom, Pratt County Emergency Manager, said NextEra Energy is ready to start construction of the Pratt Energy Wind Farm in the southwest quadrant of the county. Everything needed to start construction has been completed and they can go full bore, Branscom said.

Emergency Management received an inquiry why emergency sirens were not sounded to alert people of a possible tornado during a severe storm that hit the area on May 2. Branscom said neither storm spotters in the area nor the National Weather Service in Dodge City reported tornadoes so the sirens were not sounded. Some rotation was seen in the Coats area but it swiftly dissipated and storm spotters at Iuka and Byers saw no tornadoes.

“If we don’t see a tornado, we don’t sound sirens,” Branscom said.

Emergency Management worked with the school systems during the storm. They alerted the schools that the storm was coming and it would arrive when schools were letting out so they told the districts to hold the buses until the storm had passed, Branscom said.

Thad Henry and Paula Blasi, representing the Pratt County Historical Society, presented a budget request for $35,000. Henry said this was important because without the support of the county, the society would not be where they are now. The society and museum gross receipts, including the county support, was $65,000 last year.

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