The Daviess Community Hospital Board of Governors met Thursday and approved using federal bio-terrorism grant funds to upgrade the hospital’s safety and security systems. The upgrade will include purchasing 16 personal computers, a new pager system, server, and software.
The cost of the upgrade will total nearly $26,000 and federal grant funds will be used to buy the necessary equipment. The need for the upgrade was determined after an evaluation of the hospital's systems relative to federal bioterrorism preparedness guidelines.
Jim Heckert, CEO reported that the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) conducted a survey on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit January 13 and 14. Surveyors complimented DCH on the teamwork and cohesiveness between departments, the large number of services the hospital provides, and the attractiveness and condition of the physical plant. Accreditation by CARF verifies the hospital’s commitment and conformity to nationally and internationally recognized standards of service. Heckert said DCH expects to receive the official accreditation notice from the organization within the next 60 days.
In other business, the Board noted several of the hospital’s community health activities. In December, DCH provided CPR training to 100 sophomores and juniors at Washington High School. The hospital is also working with Daviess County Partnership to address meth awareness (M.A.I.N. team) and obesity (H.E.A.L.T.H team). In February, DCH will conduct a Certified Nursing Assistant Class in cooperation with area nursing homes.