Kiowa County Hospital District Official Minutes for April 26, 2016

Published Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Kiowa County Hospital District and County Board met in regular session on April 26, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bank Meeting Room.

District Board members present were: Gary Aughenbaugh, Roland Sorensen (by phone), Robert Woods, John Negley and Cathryn Anderson.

County Board members present were: Sylvia Shields, Craig Kerfoot, Dennis Pearson, Kim Harris and Lori Shalberg.

Others present: Tristen Sheridan, Braylynn Eder, Dawn Back, Wendy McDowell, Char Korrell, Priscilla Waggoner, Shannon Dixon, Cindy McLoud, Kevin Siefkas. Tom Davis and Tammy McMillan.

The meeting was called to order by Gary Aughenbaugh, Chairman of the Board.

COUNTY VOTING MEMBERS: Craig Kerfoot, Kim Harris and Lori Shalberg

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made to approve the March minutes with corrections by Woods and Anderson seconded it. All aye.

AGENDA: Move 340B to executive session. A motion was made by Negley to approve the Agenda as amended and it was seconded by Woods. All aye.


Tammy McMillan asked the Board about the Marcum house to see if they would be interested in selling this house. She is trying to get a licensed daycare started and this house is big enough. There is a lot of work that needs to be done, but she would be willing to do all of the work. She would like to do a lease/purchase agreement. The Board will look into this and get back with her. Ms. McMillan left at this time.


FINANCE COMMITTEE: The March financials were reviewed. The AR has gone down. We had a loss for the month. We had no inpatient or swingbed charges for March. We saw 295 people at the Health Fair. We currently have 16 residents and a couple of swingbed patients. The check register was reviewed.

PLANNING COMMITTEE: They would like to have another strategic planning meeting. Tristen will send out some dates for everyone to review and will schedule a day. Dawn said that there is a meeting in La Junta on May 4 regarding Strategic Planning for anyone interested.

GRANT COMMITTEE: The State did not like our building plans, so Emerald is sending new updated plans to them today. They have flipped the rooms around and included a handwashing sink and changing room. If we attach the buildings we have to have a firewall between them. They also changed the occupancy of the building. Tristen is getting ready to send in the first quarter report for 2016. She has also filled out a few more grants through for some behavioral health and women's clinic programs. These are due by June 15th.


Quality Assurance polices were presented with minor changes to the methodology used. Negley made a motion to approve the policies and Kerfoot seconded it. All aye.


2016 ELECTION: Election Day is May 3, 2016. Ballots are due by 7pm. We mailed out 1,413 ballots and have so far received 348 ballots and 39 undeliverable ballots.


ECU & HOSPITAL REPORT: We had our Department/QA meeting. Infection Control, Central Supply, Housekeeping and Laundry reported. Hospital Week is May 9-13. Signs have been posted and it is on our website. We will be having dress up days and lots of extra participation with the residents. Friday, May 13 is the community BBQ.

Med Staff and Dr. Feinsod meetings will be later this week. We had two falls and two med errors.

Eunice reported that the EMT class is going well and should be completed by the end of April.

Tristen Sheridan and Braylynn Eder attended the CRH Forum in Denver this month. They attended several classes. There are some changes that we need to make regarding the provider based rural health clinic. Tristen attended a class regarding hiring physicians and the things to look for. There is a new telemedicine program called ECHO. We have signed up our providers and several nurses for these online classes. You meet as a group through a teleconference and then discuss different cases.

We will begin hosting phlebotomy students. This will help them complete their clinicals.


A motion was made by Anderson that we go into executive session to consider personnel matters pursuant to and as permitted by CRS 24-6-402(4)(f)(I) and Shalberg seconded it. All aye.

Executive session was convened at 8:40 p.m.

The meeting was returned to regular session at 9:18 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:19 p.m.

Signed by:

John Negley, Secretary-Treasurer