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Board of Directors June Report

June 25, 2013

McCook, Nebraska—During the Community Hospital Board of Directors meeting on June 19, directors approved the fiscal year 2014 budget, received Phase 2B and Radiation Oncology building updates and were presented a variety of reports.

FY2014 Budget

The board approved the 2014 operating and capital budgets during the meeting. “The budget is normal in many ways but stands different in others,” reported Troy Bruntz, Community Hospital Vice President Finance. “It’s different in that it includes Radiation Oncology for the first time and the effects of sequestration from the Budget Control Act of 2011 on our reimbursement.  Our operating margin and all other strategic measures are projected to be in line with our short- and long-term plans,” he concluded.

Action to Be Taken

The board approved the Annual Risk Management plan and approved/reapproved medical staff privileges for three providers. The board also approved a resolution for the radiation oncology project that was revised to reflect final costs and project funding. The revision in cost included additional parking. The funding changes reflect the Campaign for Cancer Care funds given to date as well as the grant funds from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Review of Activities

Quarterly reports were presented on the Environment of Care by Dari Olson, Safety Director and the Infection Control/Employee Health Report by Sharon Conroy, Infection Control and Employee Health Director.

No health care associated infections were reported in the third quarter (January through March 2013) in targeted surveillance on orthopedic surgery patients. Conroy gave two presentations on MRSA and hand hygiene in March at the Farm Safety Fair in Curtis and at Southwest Public School.

A draft form of the updated Mission, Vision and Philosophical Statement on Excellence was presented to the board by Jim Ulrich, Community Hospital President & CEO. The board was invited to review and give their feedback. Once feedback is received from the board and employees, the statements will be submitted to the board for approval as part of the overall strategic plan.

Phase 2B Report

Ulrich presented an update on Phase 2B, the hospital’s current project to remodel the former surgery area. Many of the areas are completed in the Phase 2B remodeling project. Automatic doors have just been installed at the emergency department entrance from the ambulance garage. Various items on the punch list still need to be completed. A public open house has been scheduled on Friday, July 19 from 2-4 p.m.

Radiation Oncology project

The Radiation Oncology Center project started June 25. Workers will fence off two large areas in the east employee parking lot to stage the construction area. Alternative employee parking has been identified and will be communicated to the employees. The project is scheduled for completion in late January, with the Center opening in February 2014.

Construction of the 4,200 square foot Radiation Oncology Center will begin with the linear accelerator vault. The 3,500-pound blocks for the vault will be made locally using custom molds which will be shipped to McCook. Wall widths of the vault range from three feet to six feet thick. The lead-lined door to the vault will weigh 11 tons, or 22,000 pounds.

“We are very excited to begin this project,” Ulrich said. “There is a great need for radiation oncology services in McCook. This is a fantastic addition for our region.”

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