By Nick Nunn staff writer

During the February 27 meeting of the Morgan Memorial Hospital Authority (MMHA), Kyle Wilkinson, CFO for Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH), informed the board of the hospital’s positive net income of almost $194,000 for the month of January 2014.

Wilkinson stated that a “big driver” for the month was the $176,845 that the hospital received from the state’s Indigent Care Trust Fund (ICTF). He also noted that, without the ICTF money in January, MMH would have still had a positive month financially.

MMH’s daily average census was up to 16.4 patients per day from December’s 15.9, and, during the meeting, Wilkinson stated that the census had risen t 19.1 for the month of February. Megan Morris, director of development and community relations, stated that the Morgan Memorial Foundation has exceeded its fundraising goal of $50,000 by more than $7,000.

The fundraiser’s purpose in the refurnishing of MMH’s 25 patient rooms. Although Morris was grateful that the necessary funds were raised so quickly, she also stated that there are several costs that were not anticipated in the Foundation’s original budget, so they are still welcoming any donations. Judy Clayton, head of MMH’s surgical services team, gave a presentation on the roles of her department, which include sterile processing, employee health, risk management, infection control, and working with the outpatient clinic. Kimberly Miller gave the quality report during the meeting.

In the report, she stated that MMH only had two catheter-associated urinary tract infections occur during the entire calendar year of 2013. She described this record as “very good,” noting that larger hospitals often have several infections occur each week.