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Top Stories for April 14, 2010
Hospital Governing Board and Hospital Foundation plan for the future
Although the Kane County Hospital Governing Board and the Kane County Hospital Foundation are separate entities, their goals are the same – “what is best for the hospital.”
The Kane County Hospital Governing Board consists of seven members of the community elected to the position by the citizens of Kane County. They are volunteers and not compensated for their time. The Hospital Governing Board conducts a public meeting on the first Tuesday of each month, and work meetings are scheduled as necessary. It is the board’s responsibility to approve policies set, make strategic directions and decisions, and oversee the financial activities of the hospital.
The Kane County Hospital Foundation presently consists of eight volunteer members. Chairperson Kathleen Salter stated the foundation has obtained official status with the state and the name has been changed from the Color County Regional Health Care Foundation to the Kane County Hospital Foundation. They are charged with fundraising challenges and capturing the public’s interest in supporting the mission and vision of the hospital in providing the best in primary health care.
Salter would like to introduce a community project dedicated to the memory of hospital founder George Aiken and his family. The Governing Board members were in favor of the project.
Salter stated the foundation takes direction from the Governing Board on future goals and needs of the hospital and asked for their input.
Chairperson Dottie Ratzlaff conducted the April 8, 2010 Hospital Governing Board meeting. Dr. Darin Ott, representing the medical staff, explained the need to obtain the necessary surgical equipment and supplies for the visiting physicians who are scheduled for surgeries. Ott stated the amount of surgeries has increased in the past few months.
Ratzlaff commented on the importance of this program as a means of providing care and service to the patients, as well as generating revenue for the hospital.
Director of Nursing Rosalie Esplin said the department has been busy, but not overwhelmed.
Dr. Ott explained Easter weekend did not produce as much emergency room trauma as it had in the past.
Director of Human Resources Laurali Noteman reported the cookout prepared by the administrative team was a way of saying thank you to the hospital’s employees, medical staff, board members and their families.
Noteman handed out information on the upcoming Kanab Special Olympics event, asking if anyone would like to donate or participate in the cause.
Noteman announced the National Health Service Corp for the student loan in training program has accepted PA Wayne Nielson.
Chief Financial Officer Stephen Howells reported the hospital is keeping within the budget, even though revenue is down slightly, expenses are down as well. He said the hospital was actually ahead of budget enough to accomplish capital expenses. The Electronic Meeting Resolution was added to the by-laws.
Hospital Administrator Sherrie Pandya reported the Governing Board’s review and approval is needed for the policies and procedures re: The Nursing Department, Long Term Care and Infection Control. They have been updated and approved by the medical staff. The board approved the policies and procedures separately for each department.
Pandya explained the need for the parking lot to be resealed, striped and potholes patched. The board approved the project and work should start as soon as the weather allows.
Pandya informed the board this year’s grant for funds to add biometric locking systems to the pharmacy, nursery and the business office/medical records was approved through the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response program and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funds can only be used on matters relating to public health and medical emergencies, whether resulting from acts of nature, accidents, or terrorism.
A bid of $11,985 was submitted. The grant was approved for $10,500, leaving a difference of $1,485. Howells stated there are enough funds in the general account to cover that amount. The locking system also has a battery backup.
Pandya proposed implementing an employee wellness program tied to their health insurance, with monetary incentives for each employee and spouse who completes the required steps. It was suggested a $25 per individual per step completed, with a yearly maximum of $200.
The funds would be added to the employee’s Health Savings Account to reduce their out-of-pocket expense. The employee would get a health assessment, and then keep an exercise log, with a goal to get healthy and stay healthy. This would be offered to the hospital’s 90 full-time employees. The board was in favor of the program.
Pandya stated she had met with the Cedar Mountain Advisory Council and the need to reopen the clinic. The council had some ideas on how to generate funds to reopen the clinic without the hospital subsidizing it. The council suggested making the clinic operations seasonal. The hospital did have a grant, but there were not enough patients to be in compliance. Pandya said it would take approximately $50,000 in a savings account for the hospital to consider reopening and another $100,000 to keep it open. There just were not enough patients to keep the clinic open on weekends only. In 2008, 168 patients were seen and in 2009, there were 236. The Cedar Mountain Advisory Council stated they are willing to help in generating the needed funds.