Kiowa County Hospital District meeting minutes – November 23, 2021
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
BOARD MEETING-November 23, 2021
The Kiowa County Hospital District and County Board met in regular session on November 23, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. at Cobblestone Inn Meeting Room.
District Board members present were: Mary Eikner, Kevin Davis, Meghan Buck, Craig Kerfoot and Ken Flory.
County Board members present were: Karl Eikenberg, Claire Prince and Pam Cole.
Others present: Shannon Dixon, Dan Richards, Stormi Nash, Shea Johnson, Gloria Trosper, Jose
Hernandez, Betsy Barnett, Stephanie Sewell, Brooklyn Lenox, Raina Kliesen, Matt Prince, Ellen Lane, Josh Neff, Renay Crain, Ginger McPherson, Allan Lane, Linda Hopkins, Nikki Lenox, Sylvia Shields, Connie Richardson, Glen Cranford, and Beth Spady.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by Craig Kerfoot, Chairman of the Board at 6:30 pm.
COUNTY VOTING MEMBER SELECTION
Karl Eikenberg, Pam Cole, and Claire Prince.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A motion was made by Pam Cole to approve the October 26, 2021, and November 10, 2021, minutes as presented. Motion seconded by Ken Flory. All aye.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Ken Flory made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. Motion seconded by Karl Eikenberg. All aye.
Several community members voiced various concerns regarding the hospital and its operations to the Board.
Dr. Linh Nguyen was approved for active privileges by Med Staff. Dr. Michael Letzing and Dr. Barry Schoelch were approved for telemedicine privileges by Med Staff. Motion to approve as presented by Mary Eikner. Seconded by Ken Flory. All aye.
Med Staff Bylaws Section 7.3 was amended to update the list of current providers that can perform medical screening examinations. Motion made by Mary Eikner and seconded by Ken Flory. All aye.
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
There were no policies and procedures to review this month.
Kevin Davis was sworn in by Craig Kerfoot as a District Board Member.
No report this month.
The Board received a written report from the CFO. We continue to work on staffing issues. Budget hearing meeting is scheduled for December 14 at 6:30 pm at the Cobblestone Inn.
KCHD would like to purchase a Cepheid Machine which would help with RSV, influenza, and COVID testing in the lab department. A motion was made by Ken Flory to purchase the Cepheid Machine for $63,144. Motion seconded by Kevin Davis. All aye.
The Board reviewed a few options for Christmas Bonuses for staff. A motion was made by Mary Eikner and seconded by Pam Cole to proceed with Option 2. All aye.
The Board received a written report from the CNO.
HOSPITAL QUALITY, SAFETY, & COMPLIANCE
The Quality Report Scorecard was reviewed. Various measures including infection rate, medication errors, and falls were reviewed by the Board.
No report this month.
BOARD BYLAW REVIEW
A motion was made by Ken Flory to approve the Board Bylaws as presented. Motion seconded by Claire Prince. All aye.
An updated version of the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget was presented to the Board. The budget continues to change as additional information becomes available.
Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development (SECED) will need a decision from the Board in January on the housing development project. At this point, the recommendation is a duplex with two bedrooms.
At this time, we have been advised that the vaccine mandate policy and forms are compliant.
A motion was made by Ken Flory to go into executive session for purposes of security arrangements or investigations related to risk management pursuant to and as permitted by CRS 24-6-402(4)(d). Karl Eikenberg seconded the motion. All aye.
Executive session convened at 7:03 pm and was returned to regular session at 7:13 pm.
A motion was made by Ken Flory to go into executive session for purposes of negotiations pursuant to and as permitted by CRS 24-6-402( 4)( e ). Kevin Davis seconded the motion. All aye.
Executive session convened at 7:13 pm and was returned to regular session at 9:58 pm.
Following executive session, Ken Flory made a motion to contract with Linden Consulting for a period of 14 days. Motion was seconded by Kevin Davis. Roll call vote: aye - Pam Cole, Craig Kerfoot, Mary Eikner, Ken Flory, Kevin Davis, Karl Eikenberg, Claire Prince, and Meghan Buck.
There were no nay votes. Motion carries.
Claire Prince made a motion to hire Pathways for a period of the next six months. Motion was seconded by Ken Flory. Roll call vote resulted in five aye-Pam Cole, Ken Flory, Karl Eikenberg, Claire Prince, and Meghan Buck and three nay votes-Craig Kerfoot, Mary Eikner, and Kevin Davis. Motion passes.
Motion was made by Claire Prince to form a two person committee to facilitate the process with Pathways and report to the Board. Motion seconded by Ken Flory. All aye.
The Board appointed Craig Kerfoot and Ken Flory to be on the Pathways committee.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:05 pm.
Kiowa County Hospital District Board
Mary Eikner, Secretary-Treasurer