In The Minutes - Garfield County Public Hospital District

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Garfield County Public Hospital District commissioners are Roger Dumbeck, Jenness Evanson, Jim Maves, Pat Richardson, and Vonni Mulroney. With all present Wednesday the board:

  • PERSONNEL: Following an executive session voted unanimously to revoke clinical privileges for advanced registered nurse practitioner Suzanne Grove. Grove submitted her resignation May 3, according to district CEO Andrew Craigie. Craigie could not provide further details regarding Grove's departure, but said that for 13 years "she has been a cornerstone of our district. She is well-respected and she will be missed." Grove's patients will be moved to other providers in the district, Craigie said. The board also unanimously voted to grant clinical privileges to radiologist Shelly Jain, M.D. Jain is part of a group the district employs to provide overreads of images (X-rays, etc.).

  • STAFFING: Heard an update on the modified staffing plan now in place due to the anticipated impact of state and federal budget cuts and a low census at the nursing home. Occupancy is currently averaging 83 percent, meaning 34 of the 41 beds available are occupied, Craigie said. Besides the lower occupancy, the number of residents whose care is paid by Medicaid has increased from 50 to 60 percent to 75 percent. Currently Medicaid pays $124 per day while the actual cost is $270 per resident per day, resulting in the district needing to subsidize the nursing home by over $700,000.

  • QUALITY: District CEO Andrew Craigie explained how the district is preparing to adopt new electronic health record technology to comply with federal standards.

  • AUXILIARY: Learned the HUGS auxiliary has purchased new games for the residents. Residents recently had lunch at the Town and Country during an outing. The board approved reimbursement of $73 for gift shop supplies and $710 for tables and chairs for activities. Unanimous.

  • FINANCES: Learned year to date net gain is $150,000, and expenses are down by $45,000. A Medicaid cost report shows the district owes $6489,000 for 2010, which was anticipated. The majority of those funds are covered by reserves put aside for this purpose.

  • TUB ROOM: Reviewed replacement tub/shower design and sample finishes. Learned the architect has submitted the design to the state Department of Health for review.

  • BOILERS: Learned hot water tanks were successfully installed and are working well.

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