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 Maves absent Wednesday the board:

  • QUALITY: Viewed Washington State Hospital Association video "Celebrating our Patient Safety Journey." CEO Andrew Craigie presented the Rural Healthcare Quality Network Comparative Report highlighting the measures applicable to the hospital.

  • QUALITY TEAM: Learned team leaders and the executive team are meeting weekly and process leaders will meet monthly. Also learned a revenue cycle team has been establish and is meeting frequently to improve workflow. New projects for the current year have not been established, and the team is adjusting to meet new schedule needs.

  • CLINIC: Learned the clinic staff is encouraged by the possibility of cardiology at St. Joseph Medical Center in Lewiston. Discussed admission process and utilization. Learned clinic is busy with employee wellness exams. Staff is adjusting to reduction in hours and coverage seems to be adequate to meet needs.

  • HUGS AUXILIARY: Learned Valentine tray favors have been completed and distributed.

  • RESIDENT COUNCIL: Learned residents decided to provide $200 for February events in long term care.

  • FINANCE COMMITTEE: Learned there has been one resignation in front office, and four employees in that department will be restored to full-time 40 hours instead of hiring a replacement. Also learned the district did not have to draw on reserves in January because pro-share funding came in. Revenues to date are on budget by less than 1 percent, and expenditures are under budget by $400,000. The biggest variance remains in uncompensated care.

  • CAPITAL PROJECTS: Learned the district is still working on financing for the Electronic Health Records, and is investigating the USDA guaranteed loan program.

  • CASH FLOW: Learned approximately 30 people attended the recent community forum, and feedback has been very good from community members. The district has met the 25-bed threshold and there is no one on the waiting list. The district has received final written confirmation on the banking of 20 long term care beds.

  • AMENDMENT: Approved resolution to amend 2011 year-end budget. Unanimous.

  • TRAILERS: Board member Kris Darby, who is county Emergency Management Director, asked about the hospital incident command trailers stored at the Port. He said Search and Rescue would like to use the trailers as a command post for the whole county. Two of the trailers are for storing bodies, and another is to store bio-terrorism materials in. Darby and Craigie will discuss further.

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