During their Monday, Oct. 4 board meeting, county commissioners approved requests by Carolinas Healthcare System for two capital purchases. The first is a new automated medication dispensing machine. Currently a 13-year old CareFusion system is used, but cannot be repaired, because the parts are no longer available. The new unit will cost $921,500. The CareFusion system usually lasts only seven years, but CMC-Union’s equipment was pushed to last 13, CMC Union President Mike Lutes said. The new equipment is expected to last 15 years, with upgrades included for free.
CMC-Union also requested to move and expand its Wound Care Center, to 1423 East Franklin St. from 1309 East Franklin St. in Monroe. With the approval, the center will expand from 1,765 feet to 4,566 feet. The expansion costs to CMC-Union will be $571,000.
Under terms of the contract between the county and Carolinas Healthcare System, all expenditures over $500,000 have to be approved by county commissioners.