Nikki Thordarson officially accepted the position of Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of Davis County Hospital & Clinics in April.

The Board of Trustees learned Monday, April 19, the hospital is working to fill her former position of infection control and prevention officer.

Thordarson said her biggest goal in her new position is to figure out how to improve the COVID-19 vaccination rate in Davis County.

“The vaccine is readily available,” she said. “We have a large booster clinic scheduled for Thursday, April 22, but that is the last big volume we have. Now, we’re just scheduling when people call in and want the vaccine, and we’re trying to get a group together to do it.”

Thordarson said Public Health needs a smaller volume of doses to get the vaccine to smaller numbers of people when needed.

Chief of Staff, Dr. Robert Floyd, said the numbers in the FURI clinic, which serves potential COVID patients, are going down. “We have staff members who call COVID patients at home to check on them. Last week, for the first time, there were no patients to call,” he said.

Director of Ancillary Services, Rod Day, said only 177 COVID tests were administered in April and only nine were positive. He attributes the reduced numbers to the use of masks, social distancing, and the vaccine.

The board approved credentials for the initial appointments of Patti Blackledge, ARNP, emergency medicine; Angela Blankenship, ARNP, emergency medicine and mid-level medical; Steven Gordon, MD, family medicine; and Nina Jordania, MD, telepsychiatry.

Reappointments were approved for David Cleaver, DO, dermatology; Jonathan Cleaver, DO, dermatology; Jennifer Coxe, ARNP, emergency medicine; Jessica Henderson, CRNA, anesthesia; Dianne Knapp, ARNP, family practice mid-level.

Also approved were Mercy Medical Center’s pulmonology/intensivist telemedicine services.

CFO Kendra Warning reported the hospital had its highest month ever for gross revenue with $5,068,787 received in March for a net profit of $86,233.

Outpatient volume was up in March with 4,120 visits, which is 699 over the budget of 3,421. Rural Health Clinic visits were 1,728, which is 288 over the budget of 1,440. There were 433 visits to the Specialty Clinic, which were 360 over budget.