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Kiowa County Hospital District Meeting Minutes - April 24, 2018

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The Kiowa County Hospital District and County Board met in regular session on April 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bransgrove Building Meeting Room. 

District Board members present were: Mary Eikner, Sylvia Shields, Cathryn Anderson, Priscilla Waggoner, and Robert Woods. 

County Board members present were: Lori Shalberg, John Negley, and Dennis Pearson. 

Absent-Craig Kerfoot (called) and Kim Harris (called). 

Others present: Shannon Dixon, Char Korrell, Colette Martin, Dawn Back, Cindy McLoud, and Beth Spady. 


The meeting was called to order by Priscilla Waggoner, Chairman of the Board at 6:30 pm.

COUNTY VOTING MEMBER SELECTION Lori Shalberg, John Negley, and Dennis Pearson.


A motion was made by Mary Eikner to approve the March 27, 2018 meeting minutes as 

presented and seconded by Sylvia Shields. All aye. 


A motion was made by Lori Shalberg to approve the agenda as presented. Motion seconded by Mary Eikner. All aye. 


No one was present for public comment. 


Dawn Back, PA was approved for active and emergency medicine privileges by Med Staff. 

Jessica Hyman, NP was approved for emergency medicine and contraceptive management 

privileges by Med Staff. Dr. Paul Wardlaw, Dr. Lori Thorndike, Dr. Michael Magill-Collins, Dr. Stephanie Diehlmann, Dr. David Lenderts, and Dr. Chad Knaus were approved for emergency medicine privileges. A motion was made by John Negley to approve privileges as designated for all providers listed above. Mary Eikner seconded. All aye.


The Board reviewed and discussed this month's three-page summary of revisions to various 

department specific policies. A motion was made by Sylvia Shields to approve the proposed 

changes as presented. Cathryn Anderson seconded the motion. All aye. 



Kim Harris has submitted a letter stating her intent to resign from the Board. Individuals 

interested in sitting on the KCHD County Board need to send a letter of interest to the Kiowa 

County Commissioners for consideration. 

The 2017 Annual Evaluation was reviewed and discussed by the Board.

Staff from Kiowa County Hospital District and Athena continue to work on our upcoming 


Several staff attended the Colorado Rural Health Center conference. 

KCHD will be looking at various grant opportunities over the next few months. 

The Board was presented with several letters from the community expressing appreciation for 

the care received at our facility. 


The March financials were reviewed and discussed by the Board. There was an increase in 

swing beds and inpatient stays during the month. We currently have 16 patients in our care. 

KCHD did receive meaningful use reimbursement. We have also been reimbursed for the 

expenses associated with the telemetry and glide scope project. 

KCHD staff will continue to monitor the progress and budget of the various capital projects 

planned for the year. 


Staff continue to work on policies and procedures specific to the emergency department. 

The skill and competency fair covering codes, sedation, and EKGs will be offered to staff unable to attend the first fair. 


The Quality Report Scorecard was reviewed by the Board. There were no infections but three 

falls with no injuries noted. Four individuals indicated they would recommend KCHD for care.



After review of the CEO candidates, the recommendation of the CEO committee in accordance with the rules of the special district was to list Charlene Korrell as a finalist for the CEO position. 


KCHD continues to have discussions with Avera eCare. Sylvia Shields made a motion for KCHD to move forward with the discussions and further pursue the possibility of implementation. John Negley seconded the motion. All aye. 

The Board discussed recruitment efforts specific to physicians and another mid-level provider. 



The Board reviewed the activities scheduled for Hospital Week. Everyone is encouraged to 

attend the Barbeque to be held Friday, May 11th at 5:30 pm. 


KCHD will have several individuals in attendance at the Rural Philanthropy Days event 

scheduled for June 13 - 15, 2018. Areas of focus for potential funding will be the purchase of Omnicell which is a medication dispensing unit and upgrades in the electrical and HV AC at our facilities. 


The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm. Motion by Sylvia Shields and seconded by John Negley. All aye.

Respectfully submitted,

Kiowa County Hospital District Board Sylvia Shields, Secretary-Treasurer