"It'll take some hard work, but we're working hard on that final push."

McPherson Hospital CEO Rob Monical, gave an update to the McPherson County Commission Monday morning on the progress of the hospital's fundraising campaign and improvements that have been made.

So far, the hospital has been able to increase its number of primary care providers to 11, including the providers at Family Practice Associates. He said this will help attract more providers in the future.

"A lot of people look for stability when they look at who to work for," he said. "There are 15 hospitals within 60 miles, so we get a lot of competition for staff and patients."

This also includes the addition of an OB/GYN in August. Monical said the hospital hasn't had a full-time OB/GYN in 20 years.

Since 2011, the number of health care professionals at the hospital has increased from three to 22. Overall employment had reached 350.

Right now, the hospital is pushing for about $700,000 in fundraising needed to meet the conditions of a Mabee Foundation matching grant. Monical said he is confident the hospital will reach this goal.

"It'll take some hard work, but we're working hard on that final push," he said.

Monical also reported the hospital is struggling with KanCare reimbursements, especially since Kansas has chosen not to expand coverage. He said the value of charity work and bad debt averages $2 million each year, much higher than it has been in the past.

"Some of that is people with high deductibles they can't afford," Monical said.

Public works

The commission approved the repair of a bridge on Eisenhower Road between 14th Avenue and U.S. Highway 81 for an estimated cost of $98,702. Without repairs, the road will have to be closed or the bridge completely rebuilt, which will cost more time and money.

They also approved a bid of $86,440 for aggregate crushing for 2017. In the past, there have been problems with sharp pieces of metal not being removed from the aggregate, which causes flat tires. Commissioners asked the public works department to monitor this problem to avoid similar problems this year.