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Board of Directors Meet in October

November 02, 2017

McCook, Nebraska—At the regular board meeting on October 18, Community Hospital directors listened and responded to a facility master planning presentation, learned about a Balanced Score Card measure and approved a policy.

The board listened to a facility master planning presentation by Patrick Leahy of CMBA Architects. Community Hospital is considering projects to reconfigure its specialist clinic space, enlarge the Injection/Infusion department, expand the Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation department, expand the emergency department and reconfigure the hospital kitchen. Priorities and timing of these potential projects were discussed.

During the September board meeting, the board approved a resolution authorizing Community Hospital administration to contract for architectural services related to current and future facility master planning. Bruntz explained at the September meeting, education will be provided for directors and an opportunity given for discussion in the October board meeting regarding future building projects. Final decisions associated with facility plans will be made at the November board meeting.

Board members were educated on the Balanced Score Card measure, “Patient Value Through Cost Inflation” by Sean Wolfe, CFO and Karen Kliment Thompson, VP of Ancillary Services. They explained that although Community Hospital’s rate of inflation has been running higher this year, the hospital’s inflation of rates has only been 1.84% on average over the past five years. This compares favorably to national hospital rates which have inflated 4.9% on average over the same five year period according the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The hospital’s inflation is not significantly higher than the overall average national inflation rate of 1.2% for the same period.

In Action to be Taken, directors approved the updates to the Complaint Resolution policy as well as the Patients’ Rights and Responsibilities statement. Appointments and/or reappointments for affiliate, courtesy, consulting and telemedicine medical staff were approved.

Consent Agenda

Directors approved minutes and committee reports for the September 20 regular meeting of the board of directors, the September 14 regular meeting of the medical staff and the October 4 regular board meeting regarding policy, personnel and planning.

Review of Activities

Under review of activities, directors were reminded of the Tuesday, November 7 Community Hospital annual meeting from 12-1 p.m. Election results for new board directors will be announced at that time. Also, thank you notes were distributed and read.

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