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by Brenda Grose
In a public hearing held prior to the regular May 23 monthly meeting, Ringgold County Hospital’s board of trustees unanimously approved motions for the sale of real estate. In the motions, lot 1 was sold for $6,000; lots 3,4 and 5 were sold to Denise Coleman and Edward Hensley for $18,000 and lots 7, 8 and 9 were transferred by warranty deed to Big D and E for $18,000. This completed the sale of all lots. The public hearing was adjourned and the board proceeded into the regular meeting.
In the fairly brief monthly meeting, Amy Mobley led off reporting as patient care manager on activities within the department, awards given and gave an update on new physicians, Dr. Jennifer Moretina and Dr. Justin Morgan.
Several activities highlighted the recent celebration of hospital week along with Hallie Linhart RN in surgery and Jillian Quigley in the acute ER department both selected to receive the Daisy Award.
Mobley stated Southwestern Community College RN students are currently doing clinicals in the hospital and the program being put together for advanced care planning will soon be offered to staff and the community.
Dr. Jennifer Moretino began as Director of ER three weeks ago and Dr. Justin Morgan, ER acute care physician, has begun his orientation.
CFO Missy Walter, presented the financial report indicating a “pretty good month” with inpatient revenue ahead by $30,000 and outpatient revenue ahead by $31,000. Primary and specialty clinic revenue was just short of budget by $4. Overall gross revenue was over-budget by almost $57,000 for the month. On the expense side, salaries and wages were under-budget by $43,000 and benefits were over-budget by $16,000. Most other expenses were higher than expected finishing the month with a net loss of $89K for the month and a Year-to-date loss of $537,000.
Reporting on the Senior Leadership team, hospital CEO Joe Mangiameli stated the team is working together on the concept of “whole hospital bottom line” creating a “we” culture to encompass all departments and develop better cohesion throughout the entire facility.
Retention of patients and opportunities for growth continue to be key goals.
Goals were also finalized for employee valuations for fiscal 2023. A more objective evaluation is being created by the Oasis team. This will include a personal development goal approved by the employee’s department manager, a department goal approved by the manager, and a service excellence goal with employees individually asked to stay above the national median determined by NRC, a survey vendor. As an entire facility a financial goal will be set to decrease total supply spending in the next fiscal year by 1% with drugs exempted. There will also be a marketing goal with employees asked to attend parades, fairs and community events. Annual merit will be based on what is accomplished.