Hospital continuing strategic planning process
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Chase County Community Hospital Administrator Steve Lewis feels positive about the strategic planning process being undertaken by the board and hospital staff.
The board will conduct two sessions this week—Wednesday, May 27, from 4-8 p.m. and today (Thursday) from 7-11 a.m. Both sessions will be held at the Lied Imperial Library.
The next one will be held June 18 in the hospital conference room.
The board held its last regular meeting May 20 with the planning session under the guidance of Consultant Deirdre Byrne.
The board discussed the drivers of change in health care and the key features of the Affordable Care Act. The group also reviewed mission and vision statements.
While the board approved a new insurance policy for the hospital at a $28,000 savings, it did little to offset mounting losses.
Lewis said they are having to use reserve funds to offset deficit operations.
In April, the hospital operated at a deficit of $117,935. For the 10-month fiscal period ending April 31, the hospital has lost more than $725,000 in operations.
Total revenue as of April slightly exceeds the same year-to-date last year by $400,000. However, operating expenses are up more than $560,000 year-to-date compared to the same time last year.
The hospital made its May 1 bond payment of $102,627 for the bond issue on the clinic expansion a number of years ago.
Lewis reported that Stephanie Burnett from Mid-Plains Community College completed her laboratory rotation May 1. Burnett is from Ogallala.
Patrick Grogan of Omaha, a first year medical student from UNMC, began a three week rural rotation on May 11. He will finish this Friday.