Today we had a special visitor come meet our employees during my bi-weekly CEO Forum meeting. The visitor is our new robot. We got a demonstration of how the robot works and how it will have a positive impact on patient care. I enjoy having these opportunities to meet with members of the staff and to take the time to talk to them about what is going on and to answer any questions that they may have.
This week the main topic of discussion was the recent decision by the Hospital Board of Directors to offer a construction contract for a new Diagnostic Imaging Center on our campus. We expect to have the financing in place during the month of September and begin construction right away. The anticipated time for the project is approximately 13 months. So, if we begin in October, we may be able to open the new center by the end of 2010.