The Kiowa County Hospital District and County Board met in regular session on March 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bank Meeting Room. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Gary Aughenbaugh.
District Board members present were: Gary Aughenbaugh, Roland Sorensen, Robert Woods, John Negley and Cathryn Anderson.
County Board members present were: Sylvia Shields, Craig Kerfoot, Dennis Pearson, Kim Harris and Lori Shalberg. Voting Members: Shields, Pearson and Shalberg
Others present: Tristen Sheridan, Braylynn Eder, Dawn Back, Wendy McDowell, Delisa Weeks, Dr. David Lenderts, Char Korrell, Priscilla Waggoner and Kevin Siefkas.
A motion was made to approve the February minutes with corrections by Shields and Pearson seconded it. All aye.
Add Dr. Lenderts Energy Efficiency, 340B Committee, EMS Ambulance Request and Board Minutes in the paper. A motion was made by Anderson to approve the Agenda as amended and it was seconded by Woods. All aye.
FINANCE COMMITTEE: The February financials were reviewed. Questions regarding the Allowance for Bad Debt. We do a monthly adjustment to this account based on the AR. We use a formula that our auditor has set up for us. What do we need to do to get the AR down? We are getting the older stuff paid. We are looking at a different clearing house for the billing. Would like an AR aging in the board packets. The check register was reviewed. Our providers are paid through payroll not AP. We do not pay Dr. Weber, the ambulance director, he is paid through RETAC.
GRANT COMMITTEE: DOLA put the ultrasound machine back in the grant and we have a new timeline and have sent the new contract back. Shalberg asked when the project would start. They are hoping by April.
2016 ELECTION: The election was discussed. We have six candidates. We will be doing a mail ballot. We have requested voter and land owner lists from the County Clerk and County Assessor. We have received our ballots and ordered our envelopes. The election will be May 3.
340B COMMITTEE: There was a meeting regarding 340B on March 15. Seven people attended. Tom Davis explained what the 340B program was. Discussion followed. We will form a 340B committee that will meet periodically and will report to the Board. Shalberg will make sure that everyone knows about the meetings.
ECU & HOSPITAL REPORT: CDPHE has five counties involved in testing with drills for pneumonic cough. We received good reviews for our county. Dr. Feinsod was here this week. We had four falls, no injuries. We reviewed four charts. We are working on improving physician engagement.
Sheridan found some online training that would certify people to use the Ultrasound machine in the ER. A couple of our providers are willing to take this course and we will have one other person do this also. The cost is around $500 per person. We could use the education grant money for this. Shalberg made a motion to approve the training for three people and to use the Education grant money and Anderson seconded it. All aye.
EMS/AMBULANCE REQUEST: Shalberg stated that Eunice would like a copy of the Ambulance breakdown each month.
BOARD MINUTES: It was suggested that we publish the board minutes in both papers. Minutes need to be approved first. Shalberg made a motion to put our approved board minutes in both County papers and Shields seconded it. All aye.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Dr. Lenderts gave a hand out to the Board regarding energy efficiency and discussed with the Board ways to improve ours. He uses solar panels at his home and it saves him money. If we did this, we could use the extra money for other expenses. There is no maintenance. Two people come twice a year to move panels. The company determines what panels you need to use. He said that a lot of people and companies in the valley use this. He would like to have the company he uses come down and look us over to answer any questions we have and see if we would like to do this.
A motion was made by Anderson that we go into executive session to consider personnel matters pursuant to and as permitted by CRS 24-6-402(4)(f)(I) and Woods seconded it. All aye.
Executive session was convened at 8:30 p.m.
The meeting was returned to regular session at 8:51 p.m.
A motion was made by Shields that the COO position salary be adjusted and we will review this position in six months and Woods seconded it. All aye. Shalberg abstained.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:58 p.m.
John Negley, Secretary-Treasurer