Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Sat, Oct. 31

Hospital Board met Wednesday

The Winslow Memorial Hospital Board of Directors met on Wednesday and heard Administrator Anita Warboys report that the hospital is still operating at a deficit due primarily to the lack of a surgeon on staff. She reported that patient days, number of admissions and virtually every item pertaining to hospital activity was down. Despite this, the experience for the previous month was only $5,000 below budget, better than might have been expected. Warboys also reported that a surgeon, Dr. Juergen Greineder, was now working at the hospital and that the doctors and staff who have worked with him since his arrival have indicated that he will be a welcome addition.

A new Controller, Hugh Sargent from Safford, has also been hired and was to begin work on Thursday. Warboys said that he is very knowledgeable of Arizona laws and requirements, has experience with bonds and had good reports from former associates. He will be able to work with former Controller Rick Sander to familiarize himself with the hospital procedures.

Warboys distributed a report that shows that unbilled accounts had decreased in only two months by over $600,000 from $792,504.86 to $191,162.24. She said this good news was attributable to the hard work of the office staff on this problem.

Dr. Salvador Lee reported that a number of consulting physicians, one physicians' assistant and himself had had their credentials reviewed and been recommended for hospital privileges.

Board Chairman Gordon McHood said that he would like to explore the possibility of a joint meeting with the Winslow City Council to discuss the possibility of the hospital receiving one half of one percent of the one percent sales tax instead of the current on quarter of a percent once the issue has been approved by the voters. He was given permission to contact Mayor Jim Boles about getting on the agenda for the appropriate budget schedule meeting. Several board members indicated that they did not realize how fragile the line between success and failure was for the facility until they became trustees.

Warboys responded to a question from McHood and said that the hospital generator would require an expenditure of $20,000 every two years to refurbish it in order to use it on anything other than an emergency basis. She said that it had been bought for the old hospital building and was not adequate for the current facility. The board asked staff to investigate the cost of securing a generator that would be adequate for the hospital beyond just in emergency situations.

Administrative policies have been revised as they pertain to news media and to release of a body to a family member. A shareholder's meeting is scheduled for April 2. Board members Joe Estudillo and Bill Mead will have their terms expire at that time. Advertisements for candidates for those positions will appear soon.

Warboys reported that the physical therapy project is going well and that the Win-Win card fundraiser is also doing well. She said that the appraisal of the old Bashas' Building had been completed and that it was valued at $382,500. She noted that the hospital is limited by the bondholders in what can be done with the building if it is not to be used as a chemical dependency treatment center limit.

Chairman McHood and Members Bill Mead, Larry Pane and Adrianne Sanchez were present at the meeting. Absent were Members Joe Estudillo, Rhonda Greer and Loren Hardy. The next board meeting is slated for March 28.

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