Trigg County Hospital officials announced during their board of trustees meeting last week that the facility has administered 2,252 first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and another 2,004 second doses as of Thursday.

“We’re not having as many turn out to get the vaccine,” Hospital CEO John Sumner told the members of the board on Thursday.

Sumner said 65% of those receiving the shots as of April 7 were Trigg County residents. The local facility is a regional site and administers shots to people in Trigg and surrounding counties.

He urged people to get their shots and asked that they continue social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks at work.

Sumner said the Moderna vaccines are available now for ages 18 and older.

During the recent meeting, Sumner also gave an update on renovation efforts that are making private rooms possible at the hospital. The project involves renovating the real of the hospital to create the private rooms.

Sumner said the project is two-thirds complete, with everything to be torn out and the building process to begin in the next two weeks.

“It’s really looking good and moving at a pace I’m satisfied with,” he said.

The work is being funded through a $105,000 Pennyrile Area Development District grant, with matching funds of $85,000 from the hospital.

In other business:

  • The hospital discussed its pain management service and anesthesia contract with Covenant Anesthesia LLC. The revenue generated from the pain management services will offset any expense for anesthesia services used in the hospital’s surgery department.
  • The board approved a measure to send out bids for repairs to three different sections of the hospital’s roof including areas over medical/surgery, the business office and the area soon become private rooms in the rear of the hospital.
  • Board members approved funds for four students at Trigg County High School to receive $500 scholarships.
  • Sumner provided a review of all hospital department volume and revenue, noting that the hospital’s laboratory and radiology departments, along with outpatient surgery and rehabilitation, lead the hospital in volume and revenue.
  • The hospital is actively working to pay off all loans with interest rates of 4% or greater. There has been some success realized in this plan in the past several months, reducing the hospital’s overall debt. The hospital has an annual bond payment of $485,000 toward payment of the new surgery center.
  • The hospital also welcomes Dr. George Gilliam, a general surgeon who plans to start work and services in late summer/early fall of this year. Drs. Alexander Lanigan and Jamie Andrews, new ear, nose and throat specialists, are expected to start in June.
  • Future renovations to Trigg County Primary Care are planned in coming months. This renovation is intended to return the testing area to the clinic.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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