Greenwood Leflore Hospital staff will be asking Mississippi Valley State University for help in reducing the number of no-shows at hospital clinics.

Key Britt, vice president of administrative services, told hospital board members Tuesday about 20% of patients to the hospital’s various clinics didn’t show for their appointments. She said hospital staff had discussed whether having a source of local transportation could help lower that rate.

Britt asked board members if they thought MVSU might discuss contracting with the hospital to provide patient transportation. Board Chairman Sammy Foster directed administrators to contact Valley.

A request for the extension of a contract with Vizient, a Dallas-based consultant that has been working with the hospital since 2017, to supply the hospital with requests for proposals on support services brought a scolding from Foster of hospital administrators, including Interim CEO Subho Basu. Vizient had requested an extension through July without additional cost to the hospital so it could complete its project.

Foster said Vizient should have already finished its work with the hospital, then asked for an update on contracts the hospital has with any consultants.

“Subho, you said that you were going to give us an update, but you’ve never done that,” Foster said. “You’ve been saying it, but you never did it.”

“Yes, we spoke on all that,” Basu said.

“We’ve been asking,” Foster said. “This board wants an update on all those contracts, every last one of them. We need to know exactly the amount of money we’ve paid out. And if we have any other consultants in this hospital, we need to know about all of those. I need it brought to the board.”

“Because for some reason, it just seems like somebody’s stalling things around here,” he said.

In other business:

nFor the first time, Dennis Mitchell, the head of hospital security, used a hand-held metal detector to screen the one member of the general public and two members of the media before they could enter the meeting room. Foster said last month the procedure was being adopted to protect board members.

nBoard member Harris F. Powers Jr. wanted the Commonwealth to note the buffet that usually supplies board members and staff with hot food and desserts during board meetings was gone. Asked about the platters of sandwiches, cookies and soft drinks on the counter, Powers dismissed them as “finger food.”

Contact Gavin Maliska at 581-7235 or gmaliska@gwcommonwealth.com.

 

(1) comment

Charlie

Speaking for myself; I have my own transportation and travel to Grenada for my healthcare. Like others; we are seeking healthcare elsewhere because of the lack of healthcare at Greenwood Leflore Hospital. The Hospital Board and Ms. Britt can try to cover up the problem but the fact is people are going other places to get the health services they need. Some people are following the doctors this hospital has fired or let go!

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