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The Box Butte General Hospital Board of Trustees held their regular meeting at 12 noon September 23 instead of the normal 7 p.m. meeting. The board was excited to learn from hospital CFO Tracy Jatczak that the USDA has given its conditional approval for $5.75 million in supplemental funding for the addition/renovation project. That brings the total funding from USDA to $28.75 million.

“We sent in the application for supplemental financing September 16, and I wasn’t expecting any news on the application until the middle or end of this week,” she said. “But last Friday, the USDA sent an e-mail saying we were conditionally approved. The condition is USDA receiving the new feasibility study, which our auditing firm, DA&E, is working on.”

Receiving the conditional approval in the current federal fiscal year means the supplemental funding will remain at the same 3.5 percent interest rate as the original loan. If it had been approved after September 30, the rate would have jumped to 4.625 percent.

The noon meeting was held to accommodate the schedule of the DA&E representative’s presentation of the hospital’s 2012-13 audit. Giving the presentation was Kurt Moural.

The audit indicates BBGH had total operating revenues of $29,520,382 for the fiscal year, compared to $29,778,412 in fiscal year 2012. Operating income was $422,482 compared to $1,698,633, due to an increase in expenses of $1,017,741. Mr. Moural attributed a majority of the increase in expenses to an increase in salaries, wages and benefits to hospital staff.  When adding nonoperating revenue and expenses, the total increase in net position was $857,733 for 2013, compared to $1,911,840 in 2012.

The board also conducted the following business.

BBGH CEO Dan Griess recognized Carolyn Marlatt as the September Employee of the Month. Soon after the Trustees were introduced to new employees Mike Randall, IT Department Help Desk; Rickey Mathewson, Cardio-Rehab Aide; Brittany Stull, Communications Clerk; and Misty Every, LPN, GNMSS Family Medicine.

BBGH Board of Trustees Chairman David Briggs presented Trustee Joni Jespersen a certificate of appreciation for her seven years of services on the board. Ms. Jespersen decided not to seek another term in order to have more time with her daughter Gina, who was recently crowned Miss Rodeo Nebraska. Monday’s meeting was the last one she will attend as a Trustee. Later in the meeting, Ms. Jespersen asked the board if she could participate in the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the new addition (see sidebar story). “I’m so proud to have been part of that process and would like to be a part of it,” she said. The board was unanimous in their comments in having her take part.

The Trustees unanimously approved the consent calendar prior to hearing the monthly Quality Management and Safety Report from Special Services Director Mary Mockerman. She presented the Second Quarter Composite Scores in Outpatient, Surgical Care Improvement, Community Acquired Pneumonia, Congestive Heart Failure and Immunizations. She also informed the board that employee flu shots were given September 20 with over 180 employees receiving their shots. A make-up date for the rest of the employees will be held October 10. State influenza surveillance begins October 1.

Controller Lori Mazanec presented the preliminary August financial report, saying the month had a net increase in position of $410,670. Now that the audit has been completed, the board will be given the financials for the first quarter of 2013 at the next regular board meeting.

Ms. Mockerman gave a presentation on TeamSTEPPS Structure and Accountability, consisting of Administration (resources and strategy); Coordinating Team (policies/implementation); Core Team (procedures/compliance) and finally the Patient (outcome/feedback).

Mr. Griess reported on the second annual Alliance Grime Time Adventure Race, informing the board 18 teams participated this year. He praised event coordinator Dan Newhoff, BBGH Wellness Coordinator, and the City of Alliance (co-sponsor), for its extensive help in setting up the 15 obstacles and their removal, and the many volunteers who helped man each obstacle during the event. A check for $2,000 will be presented to Raise the Roof representatives, to be matched by WESTCO and Mobius Communications.

After unanimously approving all credentialing requests, the board set the next meeting date for Monday, October 28 at 7:00 the Alliance Room. As always, the public is welcome to attend.

Joni Jespersen Appreciation

The September 23 meeting of the BBGH Board of Trustees was bittersweet for Trustee Joni Jespersen (third from left). It was her last meeting as a board member, having decided to not to renew her term so that she could spend more time with her daughter, Gina, while she fulfills her duties as Miss Rodeo Nebraska. Joni was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for her seven years on the Board of Trustees. Wishing her the best are, from left to right, Trustees D.N. Taylor, Jr., DDS, Larry Ring, Board Chairman David Briggs, Board Secretary/Treasurer Ted Bohlen, and CEO Dan Griess.

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