PC hospital trustees approve purchases

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By The Staff

TELL CITY - Perry County Memorial Hospital's board of trustees approved the purchase of computer data-storage equipment and a satellite-television system at their last meeting.

They also elected officers for the coming year and set their compensation.

Approved for purchase by the board were new computer cards, disk units and disk space that will hold mountains of hospital data. The current system is using between 81 and 90 percent of its capacity and extra disk space is needed before the system reaches its maximum disk capacity. The total cost of the new equipment is $11,993, well under the $20,000 budgeted in the hospital's 2007 capital budget.

Also purchased by trustees was a Dish Network satellite-television system for the hospital at a cost of $16,433.83. The price includes installation, equipment and all the needed components to operate an internal information channel. Monthly subscription charges for Dish Network programming, including local channels, will be approximately $204.90 for 70 televisions, a monthly savings of $370.46 when compared to the monthly costs for ComCast Cable.

The new equipment should improve picture quality.

Compensation for 2008

The board re-elected officers for 2008. J.B. Land will remain chairman of the board, with Tim Harding vice chair and Grant Taylor, secretary. The board voted to increase compensation for all members to $300 per month. In the past, the board chairman received $300 per month, with the other members receiving $200.

The board cited the increasing number of meetings and hospital functions board members are required to attend. The medical staff liaison who attends board meetings receives the same compensation.

The next meeting of the hospital's board of trustees is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29.