Hospital pursuing new physician

by barbara anne greene

South Big Horn County Hospital Administrator Jackie Claudson reported to the board that she is continuing to recruit actively for a doctor to replace Brendon FitzSimmons who resigned last month. She said at Thursday’s meeting that they were sad to lose him but wanted to assure the community that they will continue to provide the same high quality healthcare.

In the nursing home report Claudson talked about all the activities that were planned for National Nursing Home Week. She went on to say that about 95 percent of the staff in Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home were doing well on the new computer system.

Claudson told the board for the hospital/clinic report that the survey done by the state went very well. The community survey portion showed no high level deficiencies. The life/safety portion of the survey was “one of the best surveys in the state at any hospital, any size, excellent.” Claudson said she was told.

Lisa Stafford, administrative assistant, told the board that the health fair didn’t seem as busy. She is already working on ways to improve for next year. Sondra Stafford, no relation to Lisa Stafford, won the emergency survival kit drawing.

Board Treasurer Jack Preston gave the financial and treasurer reports. The report indicated that the hospital was at 71 percent of its year to date budget for July 2012 to April 2013.

The board approved a tentative budget for the new fiscal year that starts July 1. Board member Bill Burbridge asked Claudson how the numbers were arrived at. She indicated that she reviewed historical data and made some adjustments to revenue based on the cuts from the national sequestration. The budget is approximately 5 percent higher than last year’s.

Preston also gave the performance improvement report. He said that participation was good and that he was pleased with the presenters.

The board went into an executive session to talk about personnel issues.