Board Meeting Highlights & Minutes, July 22, 2010

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

Dr. Gus Goetz gave an educational presentation to the Board on the progress of the Orthopaedic Center of Excellence project. He explained the Center is an effort to revamp the way the surgery process is done from the beginning when patients are admitted to the end when they are discharged. The idea is to take all the major participants in the process and integrate them so there is a seamless transition between boarding, pre-op, pre-surgery, surgery, post-op, discharge, PCU, and pharmacy. The Center’s team is made up of key players from each of those disciplines who work together to improve the surgical process. They are following models that have done this before very successfully such as the Mayo Clinic which has a very integrative concept. The team is planning a visit to the Center of Excellence at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia later in September to see how the program really works. Piedmont is another very successful model that has been doing this for about 10 years and was one of the first to launch the Center of Excellence concept. The goal of our Center is to improve efficiency, decrease errors, improve profitability and function as a team.

Kathy Byron, Director of Quality, presented a power point encompassing the collaborative effort of leadership to enhance safety and quality at SJMC. After giving a brief history of this project, Kathy discussed the methods, tools, and implementation efforts currently underway with the staff, administration and the Board. She also referenced the ongoing one-year long Safety Blitz which began July 1st.

Pam Maples gave a brief review of three major disaster events that took place yesterday beginning with generator and power failures, the fire in the Living Center and then ended with the call that we would be getting between 5 and 17 patients who were being rescued from climbing the Grand Teton after they had all been hit with lightening strikes. Pat Weber was the Administrator on Call and did an outstanding job of providing leadership to the teams that brought each of these situations to a successful end. Maggie Land had the very sad job of informing the family of the climber that fell and died. She also assisted the other members of the climbing party and their family members in coping with the situation. Drs. A.J. Wheeler and Will Smith were the physicians on the mountain and did an incredible job along with all the physicians, medical staff, hospital staff and administrative staff that were working here in the emergency department. Thank you to everyone for pulling together as a team for a great outcome to these extremely tough situations.

Next, the Board made a formal presentation of the Operating and Capital Budget for the Fiscal Year 2011 for public comment and Board approval. John Kren discussed highlights of the budget. After public discussion, a motion was made and seconded and the Board unanimously approved the budget as presented.

Financial statistics for the month of June were presented. Because these are year end financial statements, presentation is delayed for year end close.

The next monthly Board meeting will be Thursday, August 26, 2010 with public session at 4:00pm in the Boardroom at SJMC.

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