The HCHC Board of Trustees met Tuesday. Several members were sworn back in. Present were officials from US Bank who went over their Investment Report. They report that it is solid, high quality portfolio.
They also received a facility building project update. Cragon Caboth reports that the budget remains the same and change orders have actually been for negative amounts. A punch list for phase two of construction will be made on January 29th and they expect to have those items done within that week. The construction is progressing with foundations being finalized and the basement is in place. Steelwork is starting this week and the structure is expected to be enclosed on February 22nd. That’s when they move indoors and begin the work that will affect offices.
The Trustees passed a resolution regarding the issuance of notes and borrowing of money through the USDA/Access Energy program. With this, they can purchase equipment at the best rate and of the money they payback, a little over 40% will remain the community and be available for lending to other groups.
The Trustees set the County Tax Budget Hearing Date for February 19th. Reports show that the county has a very low tax rate. They rank 36th out of 42 hospitals in the state for receiving funds and are one of the lowest in the area.
The Strategic Plan was also reviewed with CEO Robb Gardner discussing programs and policies in the hospital.
Jodi Geerts reported on happenings in the hospital. She discussed the Nursing Councils. This is a new program and is expected to expand. The frontline staff is involved in the decision making and implementation.
She also announced that due to the construction, Diabetes Education will have to relocate. Office space is available upstairs near the Ideal Protein office. It is currently under renovation and should open in the near future. Also, she reports a sharp increase in treatment of patients of influenza. She says the staff has not been hard hit however and she attributes that to their vaccination program. If you haven’t vaccinated yet, you may be out of luck as supplies are dwindling at all locations.
Dave Muhs gave the fiscal reports. He says that December was light due to the holidays and weather but they weren’t hit too hard but the facility is still on budget.