|Hospital board approves budget|
|Written by Chris Lee|
East Phillips County Hospital District (EPCHD) board members approved the 2012 proposed budget during their regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22.
The final budget reflects a net income of $193,538 for 2012. The hospital expects a gross revenue of $11.68 million with the net revenue of $10.76 million. Total expenses are budgeted at $11.3 million with a net income of $193,538.
John Ayoub, MMH administrator, noted looking at the net revenue and total expenses, one would be confused how the hospital could have a positive bottom line. The difference is non-operational revenue which includes tax dollars, grant money and donations which make up the difference.
“It’s a very tight budget,” CFO Greg Was said. “I’m very comfortable with it.”
Was said the process during budget time has worked very well. He said working with department managers helped a lot.
“It’s a realistic but very conservative budget,” Was said.
Master facilities planning topic of special board meeting
EPCHD board members will meet Tuesday, Dec. 6 to discuss a master facilities plan proposal.
Representatives from The Neenan Company met with board members Monday, Nov. 21 to discuss a proposal and find out what board members wanted to see in it. The updated plan was presented at last Tuesday’s meeting after changes had been made. The board entered executive session for 30 minutes to discuss the proposal.
Following the executive session, a motion to accept the proposal was made by Sheryl Farnsworth but the motion died for lack of a second.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the board decided they still want to do the plan and collect data, so they will meet next Tuesday to discuss and possibly vote on a proposal.
The focus of the board is to look at the data and evaluate where MMH is as a health care system. They also want to look at future expansion possibilities, according to Ayoub.
Ayoub said he has received some questions from community members about the recent community survey conducted by the hospital.
Results of the survey were presented to EPCHD board members in executive session because quite a bit of money was paid for them and were considered work product. This was so others couldn’t request the results because they were presented at an open board meeting and not have to pay to do their own research.
“Having said that, I do think it is important that we kind of close the loop with the community,” Ayoub said. Ayoub gave the 30,000 foot point of view of the results.
“We do appreciate them for participating and certainly we do it so we get information from them so we can utilize it to provide the best product and services to the community.
Ayoub said the survey found things are going well. “There’s obviously some opportunity for improvement. We can always improve, but we are doing well.”
Administrator reports activity
Ayoub reported on provider recruitment and noted there was an interview scheduled for Dec. 6 with a family nurse practitioner and Dec. 9 with a physician.
The administrator said they continue to have discussions with Rocky Vista University about a potential residency program and also having some medical students rotate at MMH. “We’re still developing that relationship and creating these linkages.”
Representatives with NextGen were at the hospital Nov. 16 to work with staff on moving forward with EMR implementation. Ayoub said they spent over nine hours with staff gathering data to build the record. “We’re starting to get more and more tangible stuff,” Ayoub said.
In other business Nov. 22, board members:
—held a 44-minute executive session for a contract negotiation.
—approved credentialing for Brenda Hinze, Doreen Pecar, Kevin Belville, Jeffrey Chain, Harold Chapel, Phillip Cook, Cynthia Gryboski, Robert Kahn, Richard Kaplan, Michael Lahey, Thomas Lininger, Maurice Lyons, James Swinehart and Jodi Olson.
—approved 2012 balanced scorecard.
—approved employee discount policy.
—noted the next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Holyoke Enterprise December 1, 2011