Alvarado honored at RPMH board meeting

The Nolan County Hospital District Board of Directors met for their regular meeting on Monday evening, June 27, 2011 at the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH).The meeting opened recognizing two individuals on the Board. Linda Kite, who is once again serving on the board, was sworn into office by Hospital Chairman Steve Holcomb. Previous board chairman, Carlos Alvarado, was then presented with a plaque for his 10 years of service, the longest tenure of anyone in the position thus far. The plaque will stay at RPMH and hang alongside other plaques commending former chairmans of the board. RPHM Administrator Donna Boatright praised Alvarado for his decade-long service as Hospital Chairman and applauded his continued participation on the board for the past 20 years.Various approvals were made during the meeting, including additional work to replace and install 17 rooftop units. Representatives from McKinstry, the company who is in charge of the hospital renovations, made a presentation on their progress to date in facility upgrades.An assortment of items such as the boiler, pipes, AC units, and air ducts were replaced by the company. With some of the new installations, the RPMH staff was even trained by McKinstry on the operations of the machines. The board was also informed on how the new replacements have solved past problems, which have resulted in energy and water savings for the hospital.McKinstry stated that they have enjoyed their work at RPMH, praising the staff and personnel as "outstanding" and "accommodating", also noting that the job is going well and the phases of work are ahead of schedule. Because of the great progress so far and the hospital's desire to be energy efficient, McKinstry was able to meet with ONCOR to assist RPMH in its energy-saving efforts.RPMH had the option to forgo the additional 17 unit installation, in which ONCOR would provide an energy savings incentive of about $30,000 for the updates already made to the hospital. With the approved replacement of the 17 units--at the cost of $150,000--the hospital can be eligible for a rebate of up to $100,000, which will result in even more savings.Other purchase approvals were made by the board for a variety of products, such as two LifePaks, blanket warmer, fetal monitoring system, birthing bed, Hugs infant security system and a pulse oximeter. The purchases, which were previously requested and approved for patient care, total around $162,000 and will be made with contractual obligations funds.A report on the Nursing Staffing Committee was given and approved, with several aspects reviewed with positive results. However, a growth in OB/GYN patients now requires the hospital to find a few more RNs in order to meet the minimum nursing standards. A detailed account on the committee will be given in December, and the board approved the Nursing Staffing Committee report.In addition, approval was given on the financial statements for May 2011. An optimistic review was given in that, overall, the month ended well. Year to date, the hospital's numbers also stand very well in comparison.The board also reviewed the audit for the fiscal year 2010. Presented by Todd Hrbacek, CPA, the audit was given a clean opinion on statements. Hrbacek complimented the hospital for its "very good year", and the audit was then approved by the board.In other finance reports, the May 2011 accounts payable and payroll and the bad debt write-off for the past month were approved. Other approvals were given following the review of the credentialing files and the quality report, as well as the minutes from the previous meeting.And while no action was taken, the board examined the re-establishment and fund-raising efforts of the Foundation Fund. Not since 2002 has this service been in action, but already legal aspects and bylaws are being viewed and cleaned up in order for the hospital to raise funds. A report will be brought to next month's meeting.