New surgeon continues steady practice

The audit report for the 2011 fiscal year was presented during the Nolan County Hospital District Board of Directors' meeting on Monday evening, June 18, 2012, held at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH).Todd Hrbacek, CPA, presented the information to the board. Highlights from the report were given, with the report coming back with a clean opinion on the financial statements. Hrbacek also noted the past financial year as one of the best in several years for the hospital.The board then approved the audit report, along with several other financial items. The financial statements, accounts payable and payroll and the bad-debt write off list--all from May 2012, were approved as well.Approval was also given to the minutes from the past two meetings held by the board: the past monthly meeting held on May 21 and a special called meeting on June 5. Following a closed, executive session meeting, the credentialing files and quality report were also both approved.In new business, a report was given on the Nurse Staffing Committee. The group is enacting their plan and continuing their work with various agencies in hiring nurses, in which hires are being made. No additional changes were made to report from the committee, and no action was required on the matter.Additionally, the hospital's ribbon cutting and ground breaking was discussed during the monthly hospital administrator's report from Donna Boatright.The dual celebration was slated for 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2012. Changes in landscaping were made at the hospital to prepare for the event.The company working with RPMH with the renovations, McKinstry, was noted as attending the ground breaking along with the board members. The company would also have a slideshow running, featuring before-and-after photos of the completed project, during a reception following the celebration.Hospital staff met with the Congressman Randy Neugebauer last week, which led to an invitation to the event. They were informed that a representative from his office would attend the celebration.Furthermore, a brief review was given on orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Seibel. In his second month of working with RPMH, he continues to have a steady practice as local media coverage continues to promote his availability to patients.