Garfield County Public Hospital District commissioners are Roger Dumbeck, Jenness Evanson, Jim Maves, Pat Richardson, and Vonni Mulroney. With all present Wednesday the board:
- QUALITY: Heard presentation by health information technology manager Linda Baker on new coding standards and the district's process to achieve compliance by 2013. Coding standards for specific healthcare transactions are to be implemented by Jan. 1, 2012 for compliance. Baker also explained the international statistical classification of diseases and related health problems.
- RESIDENTIAL COUNCIL: Learned some residents feel cold, especially when sitting under vets. Nursing staff is dressing in layers. Nursing staff feel it is hot, are remain sensitive to the variability in individual temperature preference, according to the council report.
- NURSE CALL SYSTEM: Learned there are reports of nursing staff going to residents' rooms believing there was a call, but the patient did not signal for them. Maintenance staff will contact vendor.
- FINANCES: Learned there was a $174,173 net loss in February due to Medicaid uncompensated care. Also learned accounts receivable decreased to 53 days, which is well within best practice. Cash flow allowed the District to move $25,000 from cash to capital repair and replacements reserve fund.
- TUB ROOM: Learned final drawings are nearly done, and architects are obtaining a tub vendor list and computing costs.
- BOILERS: Approved replacement of Long Term Care hot water heaters. One serves resident rooms and showers and the other services laundry and dietary. The boilers were installed in 1974, and one now leaks and the other has only one working element. Replacements can be smaller and more efficient, reducing water and electrical load. Cost will be no more than $31,403. Unanimous.