BBGH Trustees approve 2017-2018 budget
Long time BBGH Trustee David Briggs announces resignation
Long time Box Butte General Hospital (BBGH) Trustee David Briggs, CEO of WESTCO, made an emotional announcement at the end of the hospital’s Board of Trustees meeting Monday evening. “I’ve been on the BBGH board for 15 years and as Ecclesiastes says, ‘There is a time for everything,’ ” he said. ‘Recently, my daughter celebrated her birthday, and I realized that she was 10 years old when I started on the board. So I’m announcing I’m resigning from my position. I do think this is the right time to step down. We have a great board, an outstanding staff, and a gorgeous facility … all the things I came on the board 15 years ago wanting to have for a good health care system in Box Butte County; for my employees and our whole community to enjoy. I want to specifically thank Mary (Mockerman), Tracy (Jatczak), Lori (Mazanec) and of course Dan (Griess) who resigned last year, for all their service while I was on the board. I thank you all for serving your community.” His announcement and comments drew an appreciative applause for his service from all present.
Mr. Briggs was the Chairman of the BBGH Board of Trustees for much of his tenure. Under his leadership and the leadership of the Trustees who served with him, the hospital saw the expansion of its facility in a number of ways, including the opening of the addition of the Medical Arts Plaza in 2008; then the new addition opening in 2016; and finally renovation of The Rehab and Wellness Center in late 2016 and early 2017.
“I would like to thank David for his many years of service to BBGH,” commented BBGH CEO Lori Mazanec. “He has been a tremendous asset to the organization and we appreciate his exceptional leadership and hospital governance. David has been committed to our excellence in healthcare and showed his support of the hospital around the community and state level.”
With his resignation, the Box Butte County Commissioners will soon be seeking applications from interested individuals who wish to serve on the BBGH Board of Trustees. Once the application period is over, the Commissioners will then interview applicants before making a decision. The person chosen will serve out the rest of Mr. Briggs’ term.
The Trustees approved the proposed 2017-2018 Budget for the hospital. As proposed, the 2017-2018 budget forecasts an increase in net assets of $892,619, projecting a conservative 1.6 percent profit margin compared to the 2.1 percent margin forecasted by the hospital’s auditors. Total patient service revenue is anticipated to be $62,658,792, with net patient service revenue predicted to be $44,823,564 after deductions from revenue from contractual allowances, charity care, discounts and adjustments, and clinic contractuals and adjustments. Other operating revenue of $280,915, plus another $188,580 from non-operating income would bring total operating revenue back up to a projected $45,293,059. Total operating expenses are predicted to be $44,400,440, meeting the forecasted increase in net assets of $892,619. The increase in operating expenses includes an upward shift of the compensation model plus an across the board two percent increase in salaries and wages. The move is an effort to respond to one of the hospital’s strategic priorities of developing strategies to improve employee morale.
In other business, the Trustees recognized Gary Dominguez, Maintenance Dept. Technician, as the June Employee of the Month. Also recognized was the Emergency Department for being named the June Caught you Caring Pay it Forward trophy winners, as well as Meg Craig in her new position as Admissions Manager. New employees were also recognized: Della Jairell, Radiology Tech; Emily Stull, RN and Christina Huron, RN; Shelby Andersen, Provider Recruiting Specialist; and Aimee Wunder, Hospital Registration.
C.J. McCabe of Sandhills State Bank was on hand to answer any questions the Trustees may have had about the final Line of Credit documents with the hospital. Revisions to the original documents were requested by the Trustees at last month’s meeting. BBGH Attorney Terry Curtiss noted that the issues had been resolved in the new documents. The Trustees unanimously approved signing the revised letter dated June 14, 2017.
After the consent calendar was unanimously approved, Chief Quality Officer Mary Mockerman presented the monthly quality management and safety report, focusing on six items in a June 2017 reporting committee summary detailing questions that should be asked for each item. The six items were Surgical and Invasive Procedures; Medication Safety; Communication; Equipment and Supplies; Patient Falls; and Organizational Culture. Her next discussion touched on the last item, describing the use of a Power Distance Index in determining the extent to which the less powerful members of organizations and institutions accept and expect that power is distributed unequally. She also discussed five proven strategies to reduce sharps injuries and non-ventilator associated pneumonia discussions she plans to have with appropriate departments.
With no Chief of Staff report, the board heard the report of Financials for May from CFO Bridget Miller. The board unanimously approved the May financial report, adding authority for hospital administration to advance the new line of credit to assure compliance with the USDA 90 day cash on hand loan covenant, if necessary.
The board then unanimously approved all credentialing requests before moving to go into executive session at 7:53pm to discuss patient advocacy. The board re-entered open session at 8:21pm and adjourned with no action taken. The next regular meeting will be held Monday, July 31 at 7:00pm in the hospital’s Alliance Room. As always, the public is invited to attend.
Box Butte General Hospital is an equal opportunity provider and employer.