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KDH finances in the black at end of July

• Jeans and Gems Auction and Dinner Saturday night to fund Wellness/PT Addition

 

September 18, 2019



The Kiowa District Hospital personnel are putting the final touches on their 6th Annual Jeans and Gems fundraising dinner and auction this Saturday night, Sept. 21. The event is at Kiowa's Community Building starting at 5:30 p.m. With the theme “Small Town Saturday Night,” the event features a burger bar, drinks, a shortcake bar, etc. The Lane Hass Band performs in addition to silent and live auctions.

Advanced tickets are available at KDH ($50/couple, $30 single) for which your name goes in a drawing for a $50 credit to use in the auction.

As discussed at the August meeting at the KDH Board of Directors, Jeans and Gems is a fundraiser of the Friends of the KDH and Manor Foundation that is the backbone of fundraising support for KDH. Foundation President Judy Schrock heads the current efforts to raise funds for a Wellness/Physical Therapy and Behavioral Health Building Addition at KDH.

Hospital CEO Robert Whitaker gave the board a brief update on the project saying the new addition will have a separate entrance. Also, the architect will meet with department heads soon to determine their wants and needs.

All board members were present as President Pat Myers called the meeting to order including: Chantae Simpson, Miranda Allen, Jim Parker and Jeff Miller. CEO Whitaker and Manor Administrator Tami Klinedinst also sat at the board table.

Under old business, KDH learned that their Medicare ERS (Extended Repayment Schedule) was approved. This regarded KDH's payment to Medicare after the hospital was overpaid last year. The ERS was approved with a $129,100 lump sum payment because Medicare recognizes that KDH is already in a payable position for 2019. KDH's cash flow is still sufficient.

HR/IT Director Phillip Anton addressed the board about the need for a new server to replace their eight-year-old servers. Anton explained in detail the need for new equipment and said they must have it before KDH gets a new OmniCell, which is a medicine dispenser. Based on figures Anton presented, the board approved putting a $14,000 cap on replacing the server.

Hospital and Manor Statistics and Financials

For July, the hospital had 11 admissions with 99 total days of acute and swingbed care. Of those days, 82 were swingbed. Outpatient visits totaled 599. Therapy visits totaled 125. There were 50 ER visits and 47 X-rays. Clinic visits totaled 346.

The hospital ended in the black for July with a gain of $29,747. It was a month with three payrolls. Total operating revenue was $697,956. Total operating expenses were $750,411 for an initial loss of $52,455. With the addition of mainly tax revenue of $82,202, the hospital had a profit of $29,747. Year to date, the hospital showed a gain of $176,766 at the end of July.

In July the manor's total operating revenue was $133,400. Total expenses were $187,866. This made a loss of $54,466. With the addition of $5,865 mainly tax revenue, the loss was curbed to $48,602. Year-to-Date the manor had a loss of $38,627 at the end of July.

The comparative balance sheets for the hospital and manor showed a profit of $138,139 at the end of July. Total net patient accounts receivable were $1,462,899.

Hospital and Manor Administrative Reports

In his administrator's report, Whitaker said that sewer issues at the hospital house were a city issue and fixed by the city. He mentioned the Kansas Hospital Association upcoming convention. Board member Allen planned to attend.

Memorial money is being used to build a covered “nice little place to sit” on the east side of the hospital, Whitaker said. This is for employees and patients' enjoyment.

Whitaker said he met with South Barber Superintendent Dr. Mylo Miller. The school district's Letter of Intent for a multi-purpose safe room facility in the amount of $314,688 was awarded through a federal FEMA grant. The school and hospital want to partner on providing a community childcare in the new building.

Giving the manor's administrative report, Klinedinst said they are working on a furniture purchase and had to make some changes. The project is funded by donations.

Klinedinst recommended that the board approve membership in the KHCA (Kansas Health Care Association). She listed many benefits to membership – one of which is their PAC (Political Action Committee) will lobby Congress on issues that benefit rural hospitals.

After more discussion, the board approved joining KHCA for an annual cost of $1773.35. That will happen when KDH's membership in Leading Age (a similar organization) expires.

The manor administrator told the board the residents want vending machines after a vendor removed existing ones. Start up costs would be $843, she said and mentioned they are looking at options. The board tabled the issue until the September meeting. She said bids are being taken for steel dietary cabinets in the kitchen.

In this world of active shooters and other chaos, Klinedinst invited the Kiowa Police Department to assess their situation at the manor. The KPD did an assessment and made recommendations such as better security cameras and more.

More KDH Business and Reports

The Medical Staff Minutes were approved. Hand washing is a top priority and staff has a little friendly shame of wearing a frog pin for not washing their hands. The observation patient policy says that patients with chest pain or elderly patients with a fall that is somewhat vague should be put in observation.

Michael Asebedo of case management gave hospital reports. The board approved the QAPI (Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement). He said a software issue with the tablets was fixed.

Asebedo is seeking data for a report that will be used for a grant proposal for the new Wellness/PT addition.

The following Medical Staff Appointments were board approved:

• Kamran Janjua, MD (Real Radiology) Radiology/Consulting

• Richard Steckley, MD, Consulting/Cardiovascular

• Gary Morsch, MD, Courtesy/Family Medicine

• Gerald Darger, CRNA Affiliate/Anesthesia

• Mary Wilkins, APRN (Associate/Family Medicine)

• Linda Sheldon, CRNA (Surgical First assist/Affiliate

The KDH meeting dates were changed by the board. For years the board met on the fourth Thursday of the month for their regular monthly meeting. They voted to change the monthly meeting day to the fourth Tuesday of the month. Due to holidays in November and December, the board will meet on the third Tuesday. The board made the change to Tuesdays so Chief of Staff Dr. Paul Wilhelm can attend the meetings. Tuesdays will also avoid some sports that conflict.

The next board meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at the KDH lobby.

KDH plans an All-Employee Appreciation Dinner for Nov. 4.

The board spent near 30 minutes in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel, contract/legal, strategic initiatives and risk management. Upon return to open session the board approved the Manor RM.

The hospital board met again Monday evening at Kiowa's United Methodist Church for a meeting that immediately went into executive session. This was to discuss contracts and personnel. No action was taken afterward, according to board secretary Parker.

 

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