Board Meeting Highlights and Minutes April 25, 2012
Highlights from the Board of Trustees Meeting 4-25-12:
Report from the Chairman:
Tonight the Board of Trustees approved a Resolution stating that they have
reviewed the proposed employment agreement for Louis I. Hochheiser as
Chief Executive Officer for St. John's Medical Center. They approve
of the compensation, terms and conditions of the Agreement and authorize
Michael Tennican as Board President to execute the Agreement on behalf
of St. John's. The Board enthusiastically approves the hiring of Dr.
Hochheiser as CEO and looks forward to him joining us.
Dr. Hochheiser said it was with great pride he was accepting the position
and appreciates this opportunity to take this institution to the next
level in this changing environment and making it the center of health
and wellness for this community. He also feels very fortunate to get to
work with such a well-respected medical staff and exceptional hospital
staff, administration and the board.
Dr. Hochheiser will officially join St. John's on June 18, 2012.
Lynn Kirman, CNO gave an update on the Telehealth Program. Karen Petrozella,
as Director of Critical Care Services, will take the lead on this project
moving forward. The goals of the program are to improve access and quality
of care, timeliness of care, reduce out of pocket expenses for the patient,
reduce patient and physician travel, and extend the team and available
resources. Early recognition of stroke is essential and interventions
are time-sensitive. We have partnered with University of Utah and EIRMC
for consultations. This technology will make it possible for us to keep
more patients here for treatment without a risky transport. Other uses
for this technology include cardiology, oncology, pediatrics, psychiatry,
and facilitating treatment options to other rural areas such as Sublette
County. Lynn also gave a demonstration of the telehealth robot with the
help of Jill Tripp, Regional Manager of InTouch Health. Jill was dialing
in from Santa Barbara showing how a consultant can connect from anywhere
and interact directly with the patients through the two-way cameras and
The Board approved the minutes from the meetings held on March 21, 2012
and April 18, 2012. Approved minutes are posted at
Addie Donnan representing the Foundation said that they are grateful to
Dr. Hochheiser for accepting this position and looking forward to working
with him. Mrs. Donnan also thanked John Kren for the wonderful job he
has done as interim CEO. She also announced that the Foundation asked
Liz McCabe to be an honorary member for all her incredible work she has
done over the years.
Liz Finegan wanted to acknowledge the donors who made the telehealth program
possible, the Silberberg Family and Courtenay Adams’ “Stroke
is No Joke.” We are very grateful for the support of these wonderful donors.
Board Committee and Medical Staff Reports and Action Items:
Finance Committee Report – Joe Albright stated that the Finance Committee
met yesterday with the main focus of discussing the budget for the upcoming
year. We are running very strong so far this year and for the first time
in its history St. John’s total revenue will exceed $100,000,000.
The committee will be making arrangements for Dr. Hochheiser to participate
in the budget discussions so he is up to speed on the details when he
begins in June. The Board will be approving the budget for FY 2013 at
the June board meeting.
JCC Report – Barbara Herz’s only comment was the exciting news
that Dr. Hochheiser was accepting the position of CEO. It is very heartwarming
to see the strong support for him.
Approval of Credentialing and Policy Items – Dr. John Payne presented
the credentialing recommendations that were approved at the April MEC
and JCC meetings and included in the MEC report to the Board dated April
10, 2012. He announced that Dr. Elizabeth Ridgway is moving to Honorary
Staff Status as of May 1, 2012 and thanked her for her many years of service
to her patients and St. John’s. The Board approved all recommended
credentialing items. Dr. Payne also offered his congratulations and support
to Dr. Hochheiser.
Facilities Committee Report – Jim Johnston announced that the architects
completed their revised plan drawings for the expansion and central utility
plant projects on March 30th which were then sent to the State’s
3rd party reviewer for approval. The reviewer’s remarks were then
sent back to the architects for incorporation into the drawings. Both
the expansion and central utility plant projects will be going out to
bid at the same time.
Gary Trauner added that we expect to re-start the construction at the beginning
of the summer. He gave an overview of the revised exterior drawing pointing
out the location of the new central utility plant and the interior drawing
showing the scaled back design. Security and cost were issues with the
additional entrances for OB and oncology so those have now been removed.
Organizational Committee Report – Mike Tennican appointed the Board
Organization Committee with Zach Hall as chair back in December for the
purpose of reviewing board structure, board processes, and board behavior.
Mr. Hall along with Scott Gibson and Joe Albright have been reviewing
the issues and presented some recommendations for the Board’s approval.
These include the creation of a formal board orientation process, appointment
of advisors to the board, procedure for appointing community members to
board committees, annual review of committee assignments and chairs, and
miscellaneous suggested language changes to the hospital board bylaws.
All of these initiatives were approved. The last item relating to changes
to the role of the Finance Committee was tabled pending further discussion.
Reports and Updates from Administration:
CFO Report – John Kren stated that we had a strong financial month
and we are continuing to stay on track with our budget.
CNO Report – Lynn Kirman announced that May 6th – 12th is Nurses
Week with the highlight being the importance of night nurses. Dr. Hochheiser
and all the Board members moved to send a special thank you to all the
nursing staff for the wonderful service they provide to their patients
all year long.
Annual Quality Report – Kathy Byron, Director of Quality, stated
that in 2011 the five primary core measures for inpatients moved up to
above the 80% mark. Compliance rate for outpatient surgery data rose from
81% to 95.5%. Additionally, new indicators required in 2012 will lend
continuing opportunity for improvement anticipating further positive trends in 2012.
COO Report – Gary Trauner announced that this is National Medical
Laboratory Staff Week and noted that our lab is accredited by the College
of American Pathologists which is the gold standard in laboratory accreditation.
We have a highly educated staff of professionals who provide a critical
role in patient care.
Community Outreach Report – Karen Connelly announced that the Health
Fair is May 5th with free food, coffee, health screenings, over 88 booths
and lots of demonstration classes so please come. We are expecting approximately
1,500 attendees this year and are excited to offer helicopter tours this
year. We want to congratulate the lab for processing over 4,000 wellness
blood screenings this spring. Thanks also to patient registration who
made all those lab appointments and to First Interstate Bank for their
sponsorship of the event. We have the free prostate screening clinic going
on next week also. In addition to preparing for the Health Fair we have
been working on a video for Center of Excellence of patient testimonials
and David Swift did a photo shoot of some patients that had wonderful
outcomes that will also be used in brochures and other materials for the
joint replacement program.
Human Resources Quarterly Report – Tara Hagen gave an overview of
staffing effectiveness, safety and performance management for the 3rd
quarter of this fiscal year. Our turnover rate is down to 2.9% and we
currently have 14 full-time and part-time positions open. There were 45
injuries reported for the 12 months ending March 31st with most being
strains and sprains. The department completed a satisfaction survey by
employees to evaluate the new performance appraisal process that was implemented
last year. They are addressing the concerns that were noted and getting
ready to begin this year’s evaluation process.
These are the highlights. Final approved minutes of the board meetings
and monthly financial reports are available on the public website. Please
mark your calendars for the next regular monthly meeting of the Board
of Trustees which will be Wednesday, May 23, 2012 with public session
at 4:00pm in the boardroom.
Thank you –
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