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CVPH holds annual meeting, names board of directors

The CVPH Medical Center strategic plan served as the centerpiece for the annual meeting of the CVPH Corporation held Jan. 22. CVPH officials used the plans six pillars that relate to physician alignment, growth, financial health, quality, organizational development and unmet community health needs to outline past achievements and future goals. Hospital president and chief executive officer Stephens Mundy noted a number of significant issues faced by the medical center during 2007. The list included opening the Miner Medical Arts Building, beginning construction of a surgical-services expansion, the loss of a number of psychiatrists, recruitment and retention of other physicians, promised but undelivered reimbursement improvements, successful negotiations with the New York State Nurses Association, and the process to convert the pension plan. Admissions to the medical center and the days of care provided to inpatients rose four percent. The number of births and surgeries as well as most outpatient services increased in 2007 compared with the previous year led by the Champlain Valley Heart Center at CVPH. The combination of open-heart surgeries, angioplasties, electrophysiology procedures and diagnostic catheterizations increased more than 31 percent with significant growth coming from surrounding counties. Financially, CVPH lost $758,436 from operations in 2007, which was offset by a $1,313,949 non-operating gain. Consequently, the medical center showed a $555,513 net gain for the calendar year. The loss from operations was attributed to admissions being lower than anticipated, significant costs for employing temporary physicians, particularly in Mental Health, and unfulfilled promises for reimbursement. The 2008 officers for the CVPH Board of Directors are chairman Paul Sands; vice chairman John Massella; treasurer Matthew Boire and secretary Jeanie Roberts. Mary Hamilton Homer, Andrew Sabella and Curt Snyder M.D., were elected for full terms to the board of directors. James DeLucas M.D., will fill the term of David Anderson M.D., who was elected by the CVPH Medical Staff as its president in late 2007.

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