HCHC parking lot reconstruction project almost complete
BY BRYCE KELLY
Mt. Pleasant News
According to officials, work to the administrative and rehabilitation parking lots at Henry County Health Center (HCHC) is coming along, however construction may not be completed as soon as originally hoped for.
Speaking to the health center’s board of trustees on Tuesday during the board’s monthly meeting, HCHC CEO Robb Gardner said that while he had hoped work would be done by Thanksgiving, a slight setback might move that date closer to the end of the month.
“The roof of the canopy will put us behind a little bit,” Gardner said. “There was a machine breakdown at the manufacturing plant that is designing the canopy, but we are hoping that the canopy will be here by Wednesday (today).”
According to Gardner, once the canopy arrives onsite, it will take roughly four to six days to tie it in place.
“Other than this minor setback, things are looking great. We’ve already had good comments from people who have seen it and I think it was the right move for us,” Gardner said.
Board member Sally Olson also added that during the construction process in which parts of the health center’s parking areas have had to be closed off to pedestrians, HCHC Auxiliary volunteers have done an excellent job helping direct visitors to the correct entrances, exits and locations.
“All our volunteers have done a great job. I know a lot of them have had to do a lot of walking, which isn’t always easy, but they really made this time easier for our patients,” said Olson.
Besides an update on parking lots, the board also heard a brief report from Mike Vens, of Gamrath-Doyle-Vens Insurance. Vens reviewed the health center’s current property insurance coverage and the costs associated with that insurance plan. According to Vens, property insurance prices for the health center have only minimally increased for this year.
In other news, Gardner also reviewed HCHC’s Market Share performance, which saw a roughly 15 percent decrease from 2010. According to reports, HCHC saw a drop from 60 percent in 2010, to 53 percent in 2016, in outpatient care. While Gardner said the drop in score is not major, he says plans are already in place to address that slight downward slant. Gardner also indicated that the board of trustees could expect a strategic planning report to be given in either December or January.
“Our goal is always to continue improving areas that we can improve in,” Gardner said. “Delivering professional, compassionate care is our goal always, and there are always ways we can be better at that. We are taking a closer look at these reports to see where we need to improve and where we need to continue doing what we are doing.”
Before adjourning, Gardner also encouraged the board of trustees to complete an online board self-assessment survey, which will be reviewed at a later date.
The next HCHC Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at noon, in the HCHC Board Room.