The Memorial Hospital board discusses plans for community roundtable

— At its regular monthly meeting Thursday night, the board of trustees for The Memorial Hospital:

• Welcomed Peter Arthur, interim chief information officer, to those in attendance.

• Approved, 5-0, a 2013 audit report by Spokane, Wash., firm Dingus, Zarecor & Associates. Among the details of this report was a decrease in revenues for the year compared to 2012, owing partly to different building expenses, as well as a small increase in the number of full-time employees, with 194 in 2013, compared to 187 in 2012. The presentation also included advice on protocols to prevent miscommunications or wrongdoings with company money.

DZA said it found nothing overly troubling with TMH’s finances in a process audit that went smoothly.

“Your financial statements were very, very clean for the most part. Management does a good job, and the fact that we’re presenting a Dec. 31 audit on April 3 says a lot,” said DZA representative Shaun Johnson. “There are a few things to work on, but overall, they did a good job.”

• Approved, 4-0, medical staff privileges as presented by Chief of Staff Jeff Womble. Trustee Todd Jourgensen briefly left the room before he was able to vote.

• Approved, 5-0, a request for about $100,000 in capital purchases as presented by interim Chief Financial Officer Tim Howard, among them orthopedic tools, cardiopulmonary equipment and IT software. An expenditure from July 2013 for costs for the computer server room at TMH also was updated, increasing the budget of $52,000 to $63,900 for the project to accommodate unforeseen expenses.

• Approved, 5-0, an emergency operations plan as presented by EMS Manager Richard Nichols.

• Approved, 5-0, a proposal to change pathology services as presented by Howard in light of TMH pathologist Robert Collins’ announcement that he will leave the organization.

• Approved, 5-0, accounting policies as presented by Denise Arola, department controller.

• Discussed plans for a potential workshop between the board and TMH staff members, as well as plans for a community roundtable later in the month. The roundtable, likely held at Clarion Inn & Suites, will be a chance for people within Craig and Moffat County to give feedback about TMH. The idea to invite community members from Baggs, Wyo., also arose.

• Heard a financial report for February 2014 from Howard.

• Heard a monthly report from Quorum Health Resources representative Mike Mullins.

• Heard a monthly report from interim Chief Executive Officer John Rossfeld.

• Heard from TMH Medical Clinic Director Terri Jourgensen about the extension of the men’s health program March MANness through April 15 due to greater demand than expected. The program allows men to receive screenings for prostate, colorectal, heart and hearing issues for a low cost throughout the month. Jourgensen also mentioned recent strides clinic staff have made in improving the communications system.

Board members Gary Ellgen and Alman Nicodemus were unable to attend the meeting.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

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