This year, University of Missouri Hospital was one of many hospitals in the state penalized for not meeting Medicare’s readmission rate goals, which are used to judge the quality of patient care in a hospital.
The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted unanimously in favor of renovating the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th floors of the University Hospital building on Thursday. According to Interim Vice President Thomas Richards, the $19 million plan is necessary because the current state of the private patient rooms are not up to standards with the rest of the hospital.
“These existing patient rooms are highly outdated when compared to the new rooms in the patient tower, the new Orthopedic Institute, and the other renovated portions of the hospital,” said Richards.
For the third year in a row, the American Hospital Association has named MU Health Care as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the country.
The recognition is given to hospitals that work to adopt the newest health-care information technology. Spokesperson Bryan Bliven says as the technology continues to evolve, the benchmarks of the Most Wired list changes every year.
“The gait is always rising,” Bliven says. “It’s very good to keep the designation and it’s a challenge each year and we’re really happy to meet it for the third year in a row.”
Thirty-five MU Health Care employees will see their hours reduced in the coming year. At Boone Hospital Center, seven employees’ hours will be cut, while 13 full- and part-time employees will lose their jobs.
In Boone Hospital’s case, the layoffs came in a system-wide package. The hospital’s parent company, St. Louis-based BJC Healthcare, recently announced it is cutting 160 jobs from its hospitals. This is the first time BJC has ever made system-wide layoffs. June Fowler, vice president for corporate and public communications at the company, said several factors led to the layoffs.
“BJC is experiencing reductions in our reimbursement for the healthcare services that we provide,” Fowler said. “We’ve also seen a decrease in inpatient hospitalizations.”
The following Boone Health centers will remain closed today: Boone Convenient Care, Moberly, Boone Family Practice, Boone Infectious Disease, Boone Primary Care, Boone Pulmonary Clinic, Moberly Specialty Clinic and the Wound Clinic. Staying open for Boone Health is Boone Convenient Care Columbia, Boone Internal Medicine Associates, Centralia Family Health Clinic, Southern Boone County Family Care Clinic and Boone Hospital Home Care & Hospice.
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MU Health Care clinics are closed until Monday, Feb. 25. MU Health Care hospitals and emergency rooms remain open.
In response to the winter storm, MU healthcare system officials activated the system’s command center to mobilize staff at 11:45 a.m. this morning.