Hospital Administration to Give Update on UTMC Operations

February 16, 2022 | News, UToday, UTMC
By Staff

Leadership of The University of Toledo Medical Center is calling together physicians and staff at the hospital to attend one of a series of town hall meetings to get an update on UTMC operations.

Led by UTMC Chief Executive Officer Rick Swaine, the meetings will be in person in Collier Building Room 1000B with a virtual simulcast available on Webex. The meetings will be at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

“There have been a large number of positive changes at UTMC in the past two years and we are overdue for an opportunity to bring everyone together to provide an update on where the hospital is and where we are going,” Swaine said. “This type of meeting is a great way to share new investments in our facilities and introduce new physicians on our team. I’m looking forward to it.”

Most recently, UTMC received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on an initiative that will generate additional revenue for the hospital by receiving a higher reimbursement rate from Medicaid. In the first year it will be an additional $25 million in federal dollars. The hospital will be eligible for this funding annually and it could grow with increased Medicaid patients.

The hospital also is investing $21 million in capital improvements throughout the year. Included in that funding is the conversion to EPIC as the hospital’s new medical record system that will enhance the processing of patient records across all of the hospital’s service units. That project, the largest infrastructure investment ever made at the hospital, is on track with the commitment of the University’s information technology team.

The most recent facility upgrade approved earlier this month by the UToledo Board of Trustees is a $2.18 million renovation of a cardiac cath lab. Additional investments are planned for operating room equipment, a fluoroscopy room upgrade and new ultrasound machines.

UTMC also is in the process of moving to a Level 2 Trauma Center. The hospital had received provisional approval and Swaine will provide an update on how the hospital is planning to begin providing that enhanced level of trauma care.

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