Trigg County Hospital CEO John Sumner noted that the costs of the COVID-19 virus are having an impact on the local facility.

Speaking during a board meeting conducted virtually on Sept. 23, Sumner said cases of COVID-19 are continuing to rise, and he said COVID-related costs are very expensive.

“It’s very expensive right now to take care of the COVID patient,” he told members of the hospital’s board of trustees at the meeting.

Sumner also noted that it’s getting harder and harder to recruit staff for the hospital.

Citing Trigg County Judge-Executive Hollis Alexander, he said Trigg County currently has as many positive COVID-19 cases now as the community has had since the onset of the virus last year.

The board approved a COVID policy that shortens by a week the number of days patients are evaluated for the coronavirus.

Officials said doing so takes the pressure off surrounding hospitals and gives the local hospital an opportunity to increase its referrals.

Additionally, in regard to the hospital’s efforts to create some private rooms at the facility, Sumner said the hospital has extended its bid process for the rooms.

“We do have some contractors showing interest,” he said.

In other business:

  • The board of trustees approved initial appointments and reappointments for the following staff members: Dr. David Samuelson, Dr. Jerome Puryear, Dr. Mark Halsted, Dr. Adam Green and Dr. Jared Isaacson and Mark Ronchi, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, in diagnostic radiology; Dr. Anthony Briningstool, Dr. William Eason, Dr. David French and Dr. Shea Godwin, in emergency medicine; and Callie Wells, an advanced practice registered nurse in family medicine.
  • The board approved a financial report that included total operating revenues of $1.8 million.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or

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