Elevators to get upgrade

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 2:00 pm

Greenwood Leflore Hospital is moving ahead with a $1.3 million project to replace or refurbish its elevators.

Administrator Jim Jackson presented a summary of the plan during Tuesday’s meeting of the Hospital Board.

“We are currently in the process of having bids drafted to go out to several elevator manufacturers,” he told the board.

Jackson said preparation of the bids is under way and will take about four weeks. Once a contractor is selected, a contract review will take six weeks, he said.

The entire process, from beginning to end, is expected to take 85 weeks, Jackson said.

The hospital’s elevators have been a persistent problem, and the doctors and staff have identified it as “a serious need,” he said.

Also, Mark Hutson, the hospital’s vice president and chief information officer, spoke about a recent assessment of the hospital’s computer information systems by the consulting company HISPros.

Hutson said the hospital should keep its options open with respect to selecting new computer systems.

Also Tuesday:

• The board approved a $22,350 membership renewal with the Governance Institute.

• It approved a one-year equipment lease for the Kilmichael Clinic. The cost will be $4,354 per quarter.

• Following a 110-minute closed-door session, Board Chairman Brian Waldrop announced that the board approved a 2016 incentive plan for hospital employees.