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Hospital board approves budget for 2022


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Hospital board approves budget for 2022

by Andrew Stegall

THE DALHART TEXAN

On Thursday June 24th, the Dallam-Hartley Hospital District Board of Directors held a regular monthly meeting. The meeting was open to the public and took place within the Coon Memorial board room. The meeting began with a call to order and an introduction of guests by Kevin Caddell. There were no special guests present and no audience with the public. The board approved the minutes of the previous meeting that took place on May 26.

Next, the board reviewed and approved financial reports presented by Chief Financial Officer Joe Bradick. First, Bradick discussed the financial review of May. The gross patient revenue was $3,265,469. This is higher than last May by $85,929. However, this May’s expenses were higher than prior May by $495,055. This created a net loss of $17,227. The year to date (YTD) patient revenue for May was $35,471,354. This is higher than last May’s YTD by $1,032,895. Total operating expenses were $24,262,771 which is $575,717 higher than last May’s YTD. The net income was $2,984,840, which is higher than last May’s net income of $756,537. Current ratio (Liquidity) is 1.91  which is significantly higher thanprior May’s 1.11.

The board then reviewed and approved the budget for the Fiscal Year 2022. There is a projected $2 Million net income for 2022. The board also reviewed and approved the Capital Budget request for the Fiscal Year 2022. This includes a list of equipment and large needs projected over the next three years. For the year 2022, the board approved purchases totaling $470,737. For 2023 the board approved purchases for $388,853. For 2024, the board approved purchases totaling $774,790. These purchases cover a variety of needs including the following examples: remodeling a shower room, a new stress test machine, and a new anesthesia machine.

The medical staff meeting for June 22 was moved to a later date. This means that the board could not vote to accept the staff meeting until a later date. 

A report was given on hospital data for the board to discuss and consider, and take action if necessary. This report compares data from May 2020 to May 2021. Inpatient admissions went down compared to last year but did not hit the benchmark. Swing bed days were higher compared to last year but did not hit the benchmark. Observations were higher than last May but lower than benchmark. Deliveries were lower than last May and lower than the benchmark. There have been eight newborns born at Coon Memorial Hospital. The ED Volume was higher than last May but lower than benchmark. The surgical procedures were higher than last year but were lower than the benchmark. This includes pain management. Sleep studies were higher than last May but lower than the benchmark. Respiratory procedures are higher than last May but lower than the benchmark. The Cardiopulmonary Rehab Procedures were higher than last May but lower than the benchmark.

A senior care services report was given to the board. It started with an update of census information at the nursing home, Legacy, and Senior Care Solutions. There are 50 residents at the nursing home, 27 at Legacy, and 19 at Senior Care Solutions. Visitation restrictions are lessening at the nursing home and assisted living. Visits will be allowed without an appointment once kiosks are installed that allow visitors to check themselves in. Several community volunteers came out and planted flowers at the nursing home with the help of Joyce Bezner.

The board is going through the process of determining whether or not to move forward with building a new nursing home. One step of that process is to look at bids for asbestos abatement and demolition of the current nursing home. There was one bid by One Priority of $295,000 for the asbestos abatement. The board voted to accept this bid. There was one bid for the demolition of the nursing home and that was by G&G for $225,000. The board voted to accept this bid. The public portion of this meeting concluded by discussing and taking action if necessary on old business, however there was no old business to discuss. The board then held a private executive session pursuant to the Texas Government Code Section 555.017.

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