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KDH Board ends current contract with Cohesive Healthcare

• Jeans and Gems raises $34,600, second best year ever

 

October 2, 2019

Yvonne Miller

KDH Foundation President Judy Schrock kicks off the auction at the 6th Annual Jeans and Gems fundraising dinner, auction and evening of entertainment that raised $34,600 for a Wellness/Physical Therapy and Behavioral Health Building Addition at the Kiowa District Hospital.

All members of the Kiowa District Hospital Board of Directors were present as President Pat Myers called the regular monthly meeting to order Sept. 24. They are: Jeff Miller, Chantae Simpson, Jim Parker and Miranda Allen.

This was the board's first Tuesday meeting as that is now the official meeting day of the week for the monthly meeting. The change was, in part, so Chief of Staff Dr. Paul Wilhelm can attend the meetings, which he did. Others hospital personnel present included: KDH Administrator and CEO Robert Whitaker, CFO Janell Goodno, Manor Administrator Tami Klinedinst, Manor DON Krisgina Fossoh, Hospital DON Robyn Whitaker, Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Manager Heidi Courson, Business Office Manager Tara Girty, Foundation President Judy Schrock, members of Cohesive Healthcare and members of the public.

At the end of the meeting the board met in executive session about one hour. Upon return to open session, the board unanimously voted to end the current contract with Cohesive Healthcare effective March 31, 2020, and to begin discussions with them for a new relationship.

In executive session the board also heard the risk management/quality assurance monthly report, which they approved in open session.

Jeans and Gems 'Phenomenal'

Friends of the KDH Friends of the Hospital and Manor Foundation President Judy Schrock told the board that the support of the community was "phenomenal" at the 6th Annual Jeans and Gems auction and dinner Sept. 21. She mentioned the food, fun and Lane Haas Band that received standing ovations – especially after their rendition of "Free Bird."

Final tallies show that the evening, which featured a silent and live auction, raised $34,600. Auctioneer Brian Waldschmidt from Anthony kept bidding lively and fun with friendly bidding wars. Goodno said that is the second best year for funds raised at Jeans and Gems to support KDH. "We are very blessed," she said.

Board President Myers thanked the Foundation and Schrock for their support.

The money raised is going toward a Wellness/Physical Therapy and Behavioral Health Building Addition at KDH.

At the meeting Administrator Whitaker showed the board a rough draft of the addition made by the architect. The board reviewed and noted it's broken down to various areas. He said the addition will go all the way to the sidewalk.

Hospital and Manor Statistics and Financials

Goodno presented the CFO report, including statistics for both the hospital and manor in August.

The hospital had 21 admissions for a total of 102 days of acute and swingbed care. Of those days, 72 were swingbed. Outpatient visits totaled 570 with 408 clinic visits. Therapy visits totaled 100. Lab visits were 290 resulting in 3,695 tests.

The hospital's total operating revenue (after contractual adjustments, etc., and 340 B drug discount program revenue) was $448,976. Total expenses were $600,844. This made for a loss of $151,869. The addition of non-operating revenue (mainly tax money) curbed the hospital's loss for August to $65,141. So Year-to-Date the hospital is still in the black $111,624.

For August the manor's patient census was 22 as it was the day of the board meeting. The manor's total operating revenue was $119,412. Expenses totaled $125,515. This created a loss of $6,104. The addition of $7,147 non-operating revenue (mainly tax money) kept the manor in the black $1,043 for August. Year to date, the manor's loss is $37,584.

The comparative balance sheets for the hospital and manor show they were in the black $74,040 at the end of August. Accounts receivable totaled $805,797. The average days in AR is 51. Total cash on hand was $1,144,656.

The board approved the stats, financials, payment of bills, turning some bad debts over to collections, etc. There was one financial assistance case for executive session.

More KDH Business and Reports

In his administrator's report, Whitaker said KDH is using a computer program "Office 365" that is a line of subscription services offered by Microsoft. Staff will get quarterly training.

Whitaker said they've changed the website address to kdhks.com. The process to change KDH email has begun. They are doing away with the k-d-h and hospital emails will end with kdhks.com. However, both will work for a while.

Yvonne Miller

ARROWHEAD DISPLAY BRINGS $5,000 AT AUCTION – Macie Malone, community health and education coordinator at the Kiowa District Hospital, helped organize the successful 6th Annual Jeans and Gems fundraiser. Here, at the auction, she holds a handcrafted wood box made by Kiowa man Mike McGinley in which he displays some of his priceless arrowheads collection. The collectable inspired a bidding war that resulted in "Sold for $5,000!" McGinley taught industrial arts for years and though retired is still known for his beautiful wood creations that he continues to make. At left is Jerry May who helped with the auction and at right is Austin Graves who was emcee for the evening.

Regarding the Medical Explorer Program, Whitaker said the program has again started with one SBHS student doing job shadowing. He said KDH organized the Walk to School this week where students met at Centennial Park on Main Street and walked together to the elementary school. The administrator said they are working on having an elementary health fair.

Reporting on the manor, administrator Klinedinst, spoke in great detail about her and residents desire to install a soda machine that uses Coke products. She said this is more cost efficient than what they have now that has Shasta products and juice. Klinedinst said start up cost is near $850 and the cost is $100 per month.

The manor administrator again addressed the need for stainless steel cabinets in the kitchen area. Klinedinst said she received a quote of $50,000 for the cabinets. Myers said he wants to verify that stainless steel is required before spending that much money.

Klinedinst said she's hired two licensed nurses and some certified nurse aides and complimented the new activities director Pam Gaddis. She said that 18 of 21 residents enjoyed the slip and slide made just for them.

She spoke of goals for October – one of which is building a disaster committee. She anticipates a survey from the state in October or November.

The medical staff minutes (the flu vaccine is ordered) were approved. Simpson reported how successful the community garden is. "Everything is getting eaten," she said.

The date of the KDH Employee Appreciation Dinner has changed to Nov. 7, 6 p.m., at the community building.

The next KDH Board Meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in the clinic lobby.

 

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