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Patients increasing at Artesia General Hospital

Artesia General Hospital chief executive officer Bob Run addresses the Artesia Special Hospital District Board of Directors Monday evening. (Mike Smith Photo)

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ARTESIA — Summer was good to Artesia General Hospital.

That was the word Bob Tyk, chief executive officer, gave to the Artesia Special Hospital Board of Directors’ during Monday’s October meeting.

“Admissions were up 19 over last year at this period,” he said.

“On a year-to-date basis, a 22 percent increase, 42 more admissions than we had through Sept. 30 of 2016,” Tyk added.

He stated last month, “was a good month from a volume standpoint.”

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“Surgeries and endoscopies were both above the prior year’s month,” Tyk said. “But a little bit below on a year-to-date basis.”

Tyk said endoscopies were impacted by the E. coli issue that impacted Artesia’s water system during July and September.

“We can’t do scopes, because the scopes are cleaned in a sterilizer and even though in the (operating room) we have a reverse osmosis system with UV that takes the minerals out of the water,” Tyk said.

He said the minerals are needed when they’re run through the sterilizer.

“We only have a set of scopes for an emergency,” Tyk added.

This month, Tyk said the hospital was “going gangbusters” on scopes.

Tyk also said that pain treatments at Artesia General Hospital are above last year. Dr. Casey Dellabarca, interventional pain management specialist, started toward the end of September of 2016, according to Tyk.

“So now we’ll start to see his (patients) ramp up because we’ll be ahead of prior years because he hadn’t been here before,” he said.

Tyk added that the emergency room at AGH has also been busy.

“We had a 4 percent increase year to date in the emergency room, 5 percent for the month,” he said.

Tyk also said that visits to the Memorial Family Practice clinic were off a little in September.

“But on a year-to-date basis, 5 percent increase over the prior year, which is all strong,” he said. “For the most part, all of our volumes have been in the positive side compared to prior years.”

The search is also on for a chief operating officer at AGH. Tyk said some recruiters have been brought in.

“We got a lot of people applying when we posted it on our website,” he said. “But a lot of those people that applied don’t really have a real reason to be applying, they’re just the kind of people that apply for everything.”

Tyk said the recruiters should be sending some information back in a couple of weeks.

In addition to a COO, Tyk also provided some information on a chief financial officer for the hospital.

“I’m going to bring an interim CFO,” he said.

He said that person will work with Cory Yates, the assistant chief financial officer.

“My goal is to get Cory to that place,” he said. “She’s not quite there yet.”

Tyk added he has done some telephone interviews with some people and has identified a man that could take Yates to the proverbial next level.

“So, I’ve talked with Cory about that and this guy will be here for up to six months to help us figure out where we need to be,” Tyk said.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.

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