Members of the Columbia County Health System board of directors are Ted Paterson, Lisa Naylor, Jack Otterson, Jim Kime and Blaine Bickelhaupt. With all present Tuesday the board:

  • HUMAN RESOURCES: Heard an update on the hospital's workers compensation program through Washington Hospital Workers' Compensation program. Kari Newman told the board the hospital has performed well on timeliness, frequency rate, needlestick frequency rate, time loss frequency rate and severity rate. She also told the board about customer training sessions that all staff completed.
  • BUDGET: Final reading of the 2012 budget was approved. Unanimous.
  • RESOLUTION: Will discuss resolution for 2012 employee holidays.
  • FINANCES: Learned the hospital had a net gain of $70,528 for October, and gross revenue was $58,842 over budget. Also learned accounts receivable days continue to diminish. At the end of October there was an average of 82 days from service to payment, and currently the time is 76 days. The hospital just completed a revenue cycle analysis and will implement changes over the next two to three months.
  • QUALITY/INFECTION: Learned 92 percent of staff received flu shots, which is over the 90 percent goal.
  • EMERGENCY ROOM: Learned hospital staff is working with an architect and a mechanical engineer on final plans for the emergency room project. The plans will be submitted to the state for approval.
  • OFFICE BUILDING: CEO Charlie Button told the board he has contact both tenants of the leased office building about issues with the parking lot. Both tenants have agreed to continue renting the office space with the understanding that the parking lot cannot be fixed in the foreseeable future, Button said.
  • IT UPGRADES: Approved purchase of additional storage, a backup solution and a physician documentation module for the information technology system. Unanimous.
  • STATE BUDGET: Discussed potential cuts to critical access hospitals. Board members agreed to continue contacting legislators due to significant potential cuts in reimbursement for Medicaid patients.
  • BONE MACHINE: Learned a bone densitometry machine has been purchased and set up in the hospital. The purchase was done through funds received through meaningful use.
  • SURVEY: Learned the promotional committee is analyzing the community survey and working on action plans to address issues.


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