In the minutes - Garfield County Public Hospital District

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Garfield County Public Hospital District commissioners are Jenness Evanson, Jim Maves, Ray Hoffman, Kris Darby and Vonni Mulroney. With all present Wednesday the board:

  • HEALTH HOME: Heard program update and introduction of the "Playbook" by Kate Forand. The Playbook is a resource guide developed for healthcare professionals and patients through the Health Home initiative.

  • HUGS: Learned from the HUGS Auxiliary a new chair has been installed in the beauty salon.


  • CLINIC: Learned Josh Mayfield now has scheduled hours on Tuesday mornings.

  • FINANCE: Learned year to date revenues are on budget, expenditures are under budget and contractual adjustments are over budget. Shannon Jones told the board there are some cash flow concerns, and the district had to transfer $120,000 from reserves to pay for accounts payable and payroll. Also learned the regular audit will begin Dec. 12 to audit 2009 and 2010. The audit will take about a month.

  • CAPITAL PROJECTS: Learned a group was to travel to Syringa Hospital Thursday to view Cerner, a system to manage electronic health records. Monday representatives of Cerner will come to the hospital to initiate contract negotiations and technical review of the system.


  • TUB ROOM: Passed a resolution accepting the tub room project as complete. Unanimous.

  • PANEL: CEO Andrew Craigie reported on the Community Advisory Panel. The staff and management team have met to discuss changes authorized by the board to reduce the number of beds available in the hospital from 45 to 25. The "bed banking" will need approval from the state. Craigie said there seems to be reasonable understanding in the community, good feedback and understanding about the reasoning for the bed changes. The changes are not permanent and could be easily reversed, Craigie said.

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