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EHC Hospital Board Discusses Array of Issues

web posted July 30, 2014

EDGEFIELD The Edgefield County Hospital Board met Monday evening with a larger than normal attendance at the meeting. CFO Kelly Cox gave the Hospital Financial Report stating the hospital has placed $300,000 into the restricted cash designated as a loan approved by county council to be used only for emergency funds. Patient Receivables were down to $41,000 and Operations are up by a similar amount. She stated the hospital was "holding their own". In addition, net income was at $802,809 vs. a net loss of $514,000 over last year. This amounts to a $1.3MM "uptick" over the year.

Ms. Cox gave the credit for the turn around to the hospital staff and their diligent hard work.

Cheryl Faust spoke giving recognition to the staff leader of the month awarded to Jennifer Quarles, Director of Ridge Spring and Peachtree Office / Edgefield for her work with HOT program, a "Healthy Outcome" program. Ms. Quarles' recognition was due educating "frequent flyers" (uninsured patients that use the emergency room as a doctors office with regular visits) and they were able to place them with private physicians.

Next on the agenda was the CEO Report.  Brandon Clary, CEO, gave an update on In Home monitoring. Mr. Clary then spoke on things going on with the changes in law for healthcare, changes that are being reviewed for the employee handbook and that he will bring back to the board for approval once complete, the repainting of signage for the hospital, backup systems for medical records to include a cloud and hard drive backup. Mr. Clary also requested $74,742 for a computer system that needs to be purchased by September.

The board voted 4-2 to approve, on a combined vote, for the new computer system and $5,000 for the new signage.

Vice-Chair Sharon Wall, who abstained, stated that she would like for the board to have the information ahead of time so that they could review the information prior to the meetings. Chairman Tim Williams stated that staff would take this into consideration.

Dr. Rainsford then spoke giving the Doctors Report. Dr. Rainsford told the board about problems in EHR computer software. He raised concerns that it takes a lot of time and slows down ER care. There was a suggestion for more training due to the concerns over the inefficiencies of the program. CEO Clary responded that all hospitals that have implemented the program are having similar issues.

CEO Clary then spoke on the mutual settlement agreement between Edgefield Medical Clinic and ECH. Mr. Clary stated that both sides have agreed to each hire an appraiser to give a fair market value for the real estate and then move forward on a lease agreement. He stated that they hope to have this ready for the Board by the next meeting.

In closing there was a supplemental disclosure to CMS, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services which is required by ObamaCare. This was approved unanimously by the board.

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

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