Board Meeting Highlights & Minutes, August 26, 2010

Complete minutes may be downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.

Educational Presentation:

Jody Holzinger gave an educational presentation to the Board on the Preceptee Program.

Community Support of our SPET Project:

The Board expressed their appreciation to the community for their support of our SPET proposal. They also expressed their gratitude to the members of Jackson Hole Cares, hospital staff and medical staff for their hard work in favor of our project.

Report from the Chair:

Mike Tennican stated that the hospital responded brilliantly to the call that 16 people were being rescued from the Grand and would be heading to the hospital for treatment of multiple lightening strikes. He thanked all involved and noted the wonderful job done by everyone from park personnel to all the physicians, hospital staff, and the ER team that lead the way. It was especially incredible given that hospital staff was already involved in working through two other major issues of a power outage and a fire in the Living Center. Great job to everyone.

Tobacco Free Campus:

Pam requested the Board give their approval for administration to begin the process of converting our hospital to a Tobacco Free Campus. The actual process will begin January, 2011 and will become tobacco free effective January 1, 2012. The board unanimously approved. The program will start with providing education and other forms of support and assistance to all employees so they can be tobacco free. This will also be available to any members of the community who are interested.

Financial Report:

John Kren, Joe Albright and Mike Tennican all participated in presenting information from the Finance Committee meeting on 8/24. The committee is looking at different options to better invest and protect our cash assets. There was also a review of our monthly financial statements from June and July. These reports will be available on our public website. There may be audit adjustments but at this time we made a small income from operations – thanks to all you did to help control cost and for the excellent service you have provided to our patients and medical staff.

CEO Report:

Pam announced that we have filled the two open positions on the Administrative Team. Lynn Campbell has accepted the position of CNO and Gary Trauner has accepted the position of COO. Both will start Tuesday, September 7th. The most recent, the COO decision was made after an extensive search, review of over a 100 applications, and 9 telephone interviews with the top candidates. We are really looking forward to working with these new members of our team. The Board stated their great appreciation for all the extra work load taken on by Pam, John and Kaye while it was being decided how to handle these positions.

There was also a discussion on finalizing the dissolution of our partnership with the Housing Trust regarding the Daisy Bush project. We hope to have all the agreements and other paperwork completed in the next two weeks.

Now that the voters have approved our SPET project, the real work begins. John will be sending a Request for Qualification (RFQ) to several architectural firms specializing in hospital design. We will also be posting an RFQ for a local architectural firm to work in partnership with the hospital specialists firm. Finally there will be an RFQ for a project manager. Last time we built an addition to the hospital, over 80% of the project was done by local companies and we hope for the same this time. We will also begin working with the County Treasurer to schedule receipt of SPET funds.

Lastly, Pam and Pat Weber noted that JH Elders is in the process of sending out letters to approximately 200 members of our community to advise them that someone will be scheduling a visit to survey the need for a type of nursing home known as Green Houses. These are actual homes where the residents each have a private room and clinical care is provided. The main concern would be to maintain the high level of care we currently give in the Living Center in this new type of environment. There are 10 to 12 people that live in each Green house.

Pam then thanked the Foundation for purchasing 16 new beds which will be here and operational by the end of October. The hospital has ordered all of the beds to replace all but OB. OB will have new beds ordered in conjunction with the expansion project.

Communications Report:

Karen also discussed her appreciation for the voters approval of our expansion project and how it will be very positive to keep the momentum going as the project now moves forward. She will also now be working on new brochures to educate the community on our new technology, physician practices, as well as continuing classes and events. The next big production will be the annual report which we hope to have completed by the end of October. This will provide a review of the past year and a glimpse of what is coming in the future.

Foundation Report:

Liz reminded everyone that there are some wonderful events coming up soon. Old Bills Fun Run is September 11th, and the St. John’s Auxiliary is hosting their golf tournament at Shooting Star on September 13th. She gave a special Thank You to some special donors who are making a pediatric audiology clinic possible here in Jackson on September 24th. A tremendous Thank You was also noted to Foster and Lynn Friess for their wonderful donation and to the 3 special families that designated St. John’s as their charity of choice.

Final approved minutes of the board meetings and monthly financial reports are available on our public website. The next Board of Trustees meeting will be Thursday, September 23, 2010.

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