Commissioners tour hospital facilities during joint meeting
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
The Chase County Commissioners and members of the board of trustees of the Chase County Community Hospital held a joint meeting March 19.
Before the official meeting began, Plant Operations Director Mike Smith and Hospital CEO Steve Lewis gave the commissioners a tour of the facility to discuss the facility needs of the hospital.
Following the tour, commissioners attended and participated in the regular monthly board meeting.
Chief Financial Officer Renee Fink presented the statistical and financial report to the board.
For February, 2015 the hospital had a positive bottom line of $98,407 compared to a negative $60,735 last February. Year-to-date, the hospital is operating at a deficit of $461,887.
Fink did note the hospital received their incentive payment from Medicare for the electronic medical records project. With that funding, the hospital paid off two notes at Adams Bank & Trust and reduced some existing accounts payable.
During the meeting, Lewis and Sam McNair updated the board on the 2015-16 insurance renewal process.
In February, Lewis said the hospital interviewed a female doctor with a strong interest in obstetrics.
He said she expects to make a decision on where she would like to practice in the March-April time frame.
The board also discussed the ongoing physician recruitment process.
Lewis reported the Kyle Fornoff declined the hospital’s offer as the Physical Therapy Director position.
The FDA recently inspected the mammography machine with the hospital successfully passing the review.
Lewis commended the Radiology Department for their efforts and the quality of patient care.
Lewis said the hospital has been working with Dr. Daniel Mosel, a dermatologist from North Platte, to establish a monthly clinic in Imperial. Once the credentialing process has been completed, a start date for the clinic will be announced.
Due to a conflict with the moderator, the strategic planning process has been delayed until April, Lewis noted.
The board took action on the following items:
•As recommended by the medical staff, approved the appointment for consulting staff of Dr. Oluyomi Asojo, pathologist; and Dr. Michael Hajek, orthopedic surgeon.
•Approved a change from locum to active staff for Dr. James Craig.
•Approved Great Pains Health Radiologist credentialing for physicians providing tele-health services through Great Plains Health.
•Reviewed and approved the plan sponsor report from American United Life Insurance Company.