Memorial Regional Health retiring Vice President of Quality Beka Warren honored at board meeting
CRAIG —She likes jellyfish, and now, a glowing glass specimen will help remind Beka Warren of her service to Craig and Moffat County. After years of work as a medical professional, deputy coroner, and community leader, Warren is preparing to retire. Her service to the community and as part of Memorial Regional Hospital — most recently as vice president of quality — was recognized by the MRH Board of Trustees with a bouquet of flowers and an art glass sculpture of a glowing jellyfish.
The board meeting began a little after 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in the boardroom at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop Road. After the presentation to Warren, the board amended its agenda to remove an executive session previously scheduled.
“The executive session to discuss HIPPA audits is no longer necessary,” said CEO Andy Daniels. He explained that an independent auditor found no violations of MRH processes that ensure patient privacy during audits recently conducted at the request of patients.
“The audits were 100 percent clean, meaning no inappropriate access was found,” Daniels said.
During the monthly financial report, Chief Financial Officer Kelsea Henry noted that, in November, MRH dropped to a little more than 53 days cash on hand. The reduction in reserves was attributed to a negative adjustment when 2015 Medicare was reconciled and new services lines, such as ear, nose, and throat, began, but had not yet generated revenue.
Daniels updated the board on progress toward the completion of 10 primary goals. At the top of the list was the conversion of the central medical system to EPIC, a project that began in November.
“The current plan is to begin initial training for staff by the end of January,” Daniels said.
Members of the board also unanimously approved the following:
• A consent agenda to adopt minutes of the Nov. 15 meeting, finance committee meeting minutes from the Dec. 19 meeting, Quality Steering Committee minutes from the Dec. 12 meeting, and MRH Foundation minutes from the Nov. 26 meeting.
• A consent agenda to approve projects and equipment recommended by the finance committee.
• Medical staff privileges, as recommended by Dr. Jeff Womble.
• A new audit and cost report vendor at an annual fee of about $42,000, plus minimal travel expenses. Of the three options presented, the bid recommended by the Finance Committee was significantly lower than competitors, bidding from $62,000 to $67, 500.
The board also agreed to transfer assets of the Emergency Medical Service from MRH to Community Clinics at MRH to improve the “cost to charge” ratio used by Medicare to determine payment levels, Daniels explained.
Before the meeting, board members gathered with community partners for dinner and to listen to a proposal for a new comprehensive treatment program for people overcoming substance abuse.
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