The Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District Board will have a couple months of operational matters to address at its next meeting on March 9. Board members did not meet in February and spent time in January reviewing year-end numbers for 2009.
Crews made 2,512 runs last year after making 230 trips in December, 2009, the busiest month since May. The December tally pushed the 2009 total 22 higher than in 2008, which was the district's busiest year on record.
December runs took 64 patients to Cox Monett Hospital, 74 to Springfield hospitals, 10 to Joplin hospitals, seven to St. John's Hospital-Aurora, three to St. John's Hospital-Cassville, eight to nursing homes and three trips to helicopter landing zones.
Crews picked up two calls for the Cox South Barry County service. Four runs were turned over to other services when both on-duty rigs were out on calls.
Patient charges for 2009 totaled $1,283,910, an 8 percent increase over the previous year. Revenue received on patient accounts totaled $751,425, up 7 percent from 2008 for a new record.
During the three pay periods in December the district paid 620 hours of overtime, 480 of which was scheduled.
The only significant action taken at the January meeting was increasing the hourly wage for Stacy Cloud, medical billing specialist. Cloud's position as a separate category was not addressed in the previous round of wage hikes for the field staff.
Andy McCaslin reported the education department completed training to certify two people in heartsaver cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Operations Director Jim Liaromatis taught a healthcare provider course to a respiratory therapist. Two community CPR classes were held in January. A staff refresher course on paramedic skills is planned for later in the spring.
Office Manager Jeaneittia Pierce reported completing the annual compliance report, which involved spot-checking adherence to board policies through a variety of random reviews.