The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees takes action at Thursday meeting

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

• Welcomed new executive staff members John Rossfeld and Tim Howard. Rossfeld is the interim chief executive officer, replacing Chris Smolik, who resigned in January. Rossfeld has been in hospital administration for more than 30 years. Howard will serve as TMH’s interim chief financial officer, replacing Bryan Chalmers, who left the facility recently to pursue a job in Laramie, Wyo. Howard most recently worked in Trinidad and Taos, N.M. Both men were appointed to temporary positions by Quorum Health Resources.

• Approved, 7-0, 2014 committee appointments.

• Approved, 7-0, places within the hospital and the community to officially display meeting information, including the TMH website, the front foyer of the hospital and the Moffat County Courthouse.

• Approved, 7-0, medical staff privileges presented by Chief of Staff Jeff Womble.

• Approved, 7-0, temporary policies regarding spending authorization limits from Denise Arola, controller of the accounting department. The board’s finance committee also further will review certain details for additional approval.

• Approved, 7-0, the second year of a three-year contract with audit services firm Dingus, Zarecor & Associates.

• Heard an update on the status of a dialysis center from Jennifer Riley, chief of marketing and business development. The project first was announced in September as a partnership with Sanderling Healthcare, of Nashville, Tenn., but Riley said TMH is looking at other options for a structure that would allow Sanderling to operate such a structure in the area at its cost. Originally, the hospital would have provided the infrastructure.

Because TMH does not own the land where it sits, the hospital cannot sell it to the company, and the hospital’s budget looks less likely to support the infrastructure now than when the idea first was conceived.

Riley said Sanderling still is interested in making the dialysis center happen, but it is continuing to search for property options that will work for everyone involved.

• Heard a report on infection control from Chief Quality Officer Beka Warren. Among the topics were emphasizing hand-washing for employees and stressing the importance of flu shots. Warren also presented the 2013 quality report, discussing efforts to curb patients’ wait-time to see doctors.

• Heard a report on TMH Medical Clinic from Director Terri Jourgensen.

• Heard the financial report for December 2013 from Arola.

• Heard a report from QHR Regional Vice President Mike Mullins, who noted a need of at least 60 days to gather candidates for a permanent CEO as QHR and the board seek to fill the position.

• Heard the CEO monthly report from Rossfeld.

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

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