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KDH to pursue USDA loan to help fund PT/Behavioral Health addition


December 4, 2019

The Kiowa District Hospital Board of Directors held their monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19. President Pat Myers called the meeting to order with the following members present: Jim Parker, Chantae Simpson and Miranda Allen. Jeff Miller was absent. Others present included: Dr. Paul Wilhelm, Chief of Staff; Robert Whitaker, Hospital Administrator; Janell Goodno, CFO; Tara Girty, Business Office Manager; other hospital employees Jana Mott, Heidi Courson, Philip Anton, and members of Cohesive Healthcare.

Hospital and Manor Statistics and Financials

KDH had $326,623 total contractual adjustments in October (mainly Medicare) which adversely affected the bottom line. Goodno said Medicare has reduced KDH's daily reimbursement rate from $3200 to $1100 in an effort to correct. On Jan. 1, that rate will return to $3,200, Goodno said.

The hospital's total operating revenue was $172,022. Expenses were $540,079. This gave a net loss from operations of $368,057. Total non-operating revenue of $95,997 (mainly tax revenue) curbed the loss to $272,060. This makes the hospital have a loss YTD at the end of October of $82,817.

The manor showed a $7,560 profit for October. Their YTD loss is $33,467.

The combined financial sheet for the hospital and manor show a combined loss of $116,284 at the end of October. Total cash on hand in all funds is $1,213,903. Total Net Patient Accounts Receivable was $805,574.

The board approved all the financial reports.

KDH Reports and Business

Giving the hospital administrator's report, Whitaker said they've hired several new employees: Brandy McKitrick is the new quality manager and MDS coordinator at the manor; Director of Nurses Robyn Whitaker hired a nighttime PRN nurse; Rae Brattin is new at the front desk in the Rural Health Clinic; Elaine Johnson is part-time accounts payable.

Longtime maintenance manager Rory Reed plans to retire in the spring so that position is open.

Whitaker said they held the second Medical Explorers meeting and two new students joined. “It's going well,” Whitaker said of the program designed to generate students' interest in the medical field.

Employee Jana Mott presented KDH Handbook Updates. Mott reported there are six changes to the Employee Handbook:

• Articles of Employment: Employee discount clarification;

• Mandatory education: Care Learning Modules to be completed before returning to work;

• Leave & Holidays: Sick Time clarification;

• Sick Leave transfer program clarification;

• Misc: Requirements of passwords used to access EHR;

• On-call for weekend rate increase to $40 from $20.

The board approved the handbook changes as presented.

Under new business, HIPAA Security Officer Philip Anton gave a report. He has about 12 policy improvements which he will email to the board for their review. The policies will be approved at the December meeting. Anton also reported that the new computer server has been installed and with its new capacity KDH could lose one of the other servers and easily recover.

Under hospital reports and Medical Staff Minurwa, Whitaker said a live drill for a flu epidemic was held and it was a good practice. Chief of Staff Dr. Wilhelm reported all is going well. A medical student is to do a rotation in the Rural Health Clinic.

The board approved the Medical Staff Minutes as presented.

The following Medical Staff Appointments were approved: Scott Porter, MD, Active/Surgery; Shannon St. Clair, MD, Consulting/Radiology; Veronica Ruvo, DO, Consulting/Radiology; Hana Razek, MD, Consulting/Pathology.

After about a 1 ½ hour executive session, the board approved to pursue evaluating a USDA loan for the PT/Behavioral Health addition.


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