HCHC Board Meeting

Written by Theresa Rose on May 20, 2015

Numerous items were acted upon by the Henry county Health Center Board of Directors at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday. A new management agreement with Great River Health Systems was approved. The previous agreement between the two has been in existence since 2009 and needed to have some of it’s wording changed to more clearly define services provided. This agreement will be in affect till 2017 then will automatically renew. The board voted to enlist the services of T-Systems electronic record keeping, this will be used in the emergency room and is tailored to be much more efficient for doctors and nurses to use in patient record keeping and treatment. The cost of switching to T-Systems will be around $150,000 to cover startup. The fiscal year 2016 budget was approved, it shows a 3.5% increase. The monies to cover that increase are expected to come from prices increases in some areas and from increased admissions. The fiscal year 2016 strategic plan was also approved with some modifications to condense it. A Medical staff bylaw revision and bylaw change were okayed. During the CEO report Robb Gardner announced that nurse anesthetist Jared Miller is leaving to move closer to his family, an offer has been made to a person to replace him. Dr. Fred Frank who has been serving as a hospitalist at another facilty will be coming to HCHC to serve as the emergency medical director. Dave Muhs, CFO, informed the board that income was below expectations again last month but the hospital is starting to see an upturn in patients. He also talked about some unexpected repairs that had to be made to some of the new coolers that were installed and some necessary repairs need to older cooling units. Also a portion of the roof on Park Place needs repair. The board did get a report from Park Place director Bill Grimm that the facility had a recent inspection by the state and had very few infractions and they were all minor.