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Liberty County Hospital Authority awards several contracts
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The Liberty County Hospital Authority held its monthly meeting Dec. 22, albeit at 1:33 p.m. instead of 12:45 p.m., because of another meeting running long and a lunch break.

Financial report

For the month of November, revenue and costs discussed at the meeting include:

• Total patient revenue before expenses was $9,861,223.70.• Total revenue was $4,006,249.84.
• Total operating cost was $4,548,697.62.

Chief Financial Officer Derek Rozier wrote in an email in response to questions by the Coastal Courier that Liberty Regional Medical Center ended its fiscal year Nov. 30 with a positive bottom line of $22,123.67.

YMCA life savers

Lisa Pearson presented an email from a paramedic who wanted to bring to the authority board’s attention the life-saving actions of two other paramedics.

Two women saved the life of a man who was working out at the YMCA and suffered a heart attack.

“And she wanted to note that the two employees did an amazing job at starting CPR on this person. And because of their efforts, this guy lived,” Pearson said.

Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas recommended that the hospital recognize the life savers for their work.

Grant application

Elise Stafford with Coastal Manor and Coastal Daybreak informed the board that the nursing home was invited to apply for part of a $1.5 million grant that is to be divided among a few nursing homes and in partnership with a few universities. She said that once she submits the application, she can then tell the board more details about the grant.

Stafford said Coastal Manor was currently looking at receiving more than $135,000 from the grant if the application is accepted. The money would be used to create virtual classrooms at the hospital and Coastal Manor to educate staff.

Contracts awarded

According to a document submitted Tuesday by LRMC, the following contracts were awarded:

• M.D. McDonald Construction Company, $91,426.85 for remodeling Nuclear Medicine, renovation of a corridor and renovation of an external staircase.
• R.M. Ray Developers LLC, $15,540 for removal and disposal of two structures in Hinesville, one at 473 S. Main St. and the other at 208 School House Road.
• LBMC PC, $20,000 for “valuation services to provide analysis of fair market value compensation for related to potential Employment Agreements between Physicians and LRMC and/or various LRMC practices.”
• FFacts Plus Regulatory Insurance for $57,792.80 for billing errors and omissions and cybersecurity protection.

Other business

The board approved a service addendum to a master services agreement between LRMC and TruBridge LLC for medical coding services. It will cost $15,000.

New board member Dr. Seth Borquaye was introduced at the meeting. He works in the OB-GYN department, according to the LRMC website. Borquaye also introduced Dr. Richard Robinson as the new hospitalist director for Liberty Regional.

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