The Jackson County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees met in regular session last week. At the top of the meeting, Bob Howard, Chairman, presented a plaque to Jerry Marquart in sincere appreciation for serving as a member of the Board of Trustees from June 1981 through August 2015.
Becky Braddock then reported from the Performance Improvement Committee meeting that was held on Oct. 7.
Michelle Ford reported from the outreach clinics stating that clinic activity had increased in September. She added that the new family practice physicians at the JCMH Medical Clinic, Dr. Pacheco, Dr. Isaac and Dr. Perryman, are already seeing significant patient loads each week.
Fixed Assets from Funded Depreciation and Designated Funds to Funded Depreciation were approved in the amount of $61,863.35.
The board then approved the purchase of cybersecurity insurance as recommended by Nancy Davidson.
Richard Pope presented the quarterly safety report including the number of fire drills conducted, fire system inspection, new employee orientation and work related injuries.
Dr. M. George Zakhary reported from the JCMH Medical Staff Executive Committee meeting that was held on Oct. 12. The Board approved Initial Appointments of Carlos A. Araoz, MD – Pathology, Provisional Staff; and Liladhar Kashyap, MD – Pediatrics/Pediatric Endocrinology, Provisional Staff. Reappointments approved were Nicholas G. Viyuoh, MD – OB/GYN, Active Staff; and Neil Vitale, MD – Pediatrics-Behavioral/Development, Courtesy Staff.
The board then approved the medical staff bylaw revisions as presented.
Nancy Davidson reported on the Financials for the month of September. The month ended with a net loss of $202,753 and a year-to-date net loss of $31,204.
Steve Hartgraves gave the Management Report that included Physician Recruitment, The Mangum Hospital, UMCSC Merger, Heartland Reciprocal Consolidation, Rural Health Clinic Development, and an update on the Women’s Center.
* Physician Recruitment- Dr. Kashyap, Pediatrician, will join the Pediatric clinic the week of Nov. 9. Recruitment efforts are focused on a family practice physician and a general surgeon.
* The Mangum Hospital – The Quartz Mountain Clinic is owned by Mangum hospital and opened earlier this month.
* UMCSC Merger – The merger between AROK (VHA Oklahoma/Arkansas) and UMCSC is now complete.
* Heartland Reciprocal Consolidation – The Heartland Reciprocal is in the process of determining if consolidating with the Indiana Reciprocal will benefit both parties.
* Rural Health Clinic Development – Consultants conducted a mock survey of JCMH primary care clinics in preparation for submission of an RHC application, which will occur once the licensed bed count revision is completed and submitted to the state.
* Women’s Center Update – The project has been redesigned and submitted to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.