New medical building nearly finished

    Building progress for the new medical office building for the Adams Memorial Hospital remains on schedule and the facility should be completed by the first week of September, according to information delivered Wednesday night to members of the Adams Health Network (AHN)Board of Trustees.
    Environmental Services Director Nick Nelson told trustees the parking lot was finished this week and has been striped, landscaping of the area is underway, and final touches on the inside offices for Dr. Crystal Jencks and Dr. Jessamine Hippensteel are nearly done.
    Furniture and other equipment for the building has been arriving daily at the hospital.
    Nelson said Drs. Jencks and Hippensteel won't likely relocate their current temporary office at 815 High Street (the original hospital physician's clinic) until the first week of October and that a public ceremony will be held once that occurs. Those doctors will occupy half of the new building being built and the other half of the building should be completed in October.
    Current plans call for a general surgeon to be located in the other section of the building along with a third family practitioner.
    Nelson also brought the trustees up to date on other construction-related projects including the renovation of the "B" wing at Woodcrest.
    That endeavor was delayed by rainy weather last spring and now has a target date of late December. He showed several power point slides of construction in work including the area where the rehabilitation pool will be installed.
    Hospital officials are currently erecting a three-sided facility for Amish to park their buggies on the east side of the oncology building. Work there, which includes the installation of a below-the-ground hydrant to provide water to the building, should be done in about two weeks according to Nelson.
    In other action, the trustees heard a report from nursing director JoEllen McIntire concerning the hospital's strong effort to reduce medication errors.
    "We've put a lot of time, energy and effort into reducing medication errors that could occur at various steps along the way in delivering patient care," McIntire said, adding that while the national average for hospitals of medication errors is 7 percent,  the rate in the first seven months of this year at AMH is just 0.06 percent.
    "Medication reconciliation is a major component of providing safe patient care," she emphasized.