HCHC Board Meeting ReportWritten by Theresa Rose on December 16, 2015
Tuesday’s meeting of the Henry County Health Center Board of Trustees had six agenda items that required a vote. Under old business they approved the nominating committees recommendations for the board officers for 2016, Robert Meyer will serve as board chair a position held this past year by Kent Severson. They approved the Organizational Chart Design which will balance the number of full time employees that each chief officer will have reporting to them. The board voted to approve the implementation of the Studer Group Partnership they work with healthcare organizations to help them achieve and sustain exceptional improvement in clinical outcomes and financial results.This program will cost around $75,000 and will be instituted in March. Under new business Brian Matlock of Ruhl and Ruhl Insurance in the Quad Cities gave a review of the hospitals liability insurance. Travis Johnson will be hired to serve as the compliance officer replacing Bill Grimm who is retiring after 20 years of service. An upgrade for the GE-Pacs system was approved at a cost of $133,000, this is the long term and short term storage for the radiology department imaging. The current system will no longer be supported and the new upgrade will keep HCHC up to date with technology some other are health centers have or are getting. CFO Dave Muhs updated the board on the FYI 2017 budget calendar and he gave a financial review for fiscal year 2016, which and CEO Robb Gardner both termed a difficult financial year. Both assured the board that HCHC is on solid financial ground, but must be ever present of ways to save money and make money under today’s medical situations created by the affordable care act. The final action by the trustees was to approve Medical Staff appointments and reappointments from chief of staff Dr. Ryon. It was also mentioned at the meeting that a new Chief of Nursing must be hired as Jody Geerts will leave that position in January.