Trustees: tax levy to remain the same

Board approves rate, which has not increased in five years

The tax asking from Van Diest Medical Center will remain the same at $2.10 according to action taken by the board of trustees Tuesday evening. The board approved keeping the tax asking the same at $2.10 per $1,000 evaluation. The asking has remained the same for the past five years. The revenue estimated to be raised by taxation is about 5.8 percent of the proposed budgeted operational expense.

“We fall at about 50 percent of the valuation and 75 percent of the revenues as compared to other public facilities in the state,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Roberta Knutson.

There were no written or oral comments presented by the public at the meeting.

Van Diest Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Lisa Ridge officially introduced Amy McDonough, chief nursing officer, to the board Tuesday evening.

“I’d like to officially introduce and welcome Amy McDonough. She is our new chief nursing officer. Amy started with us on Jan. 3, 2018 and has been working on becoming oriented with her direct reports and learning the ins and outs of our operations.”

McDonough comes to Van Diest Medical Center with 20 years of nursing and leadership experience and most recently served as the director of intensive coronary care unit and medical tolemetry at Mary Greeley Medical Center.

“I’m very glad to have her join our team,” said Ridge.

Ridge congratulated VDMC’s Senior Life Solutions program that was recently recognized for their outstanding work in 2017 by their parent company, Psychiatric Medical Care.

“PMC honors the top performing employees and programs annually based on their excellence in demonstrating the company’s values of care, compliance and community,” said Ridge. “The Senior Life Solutions program at VDMC was recognized as a 2017 program finalist of the year and Jodi Harms was recognized as the program director of the year. Congratulations to Jodi, Mary and Angie with their terrific efforts to serve this program.”

On Feb. 2, VDMC held a blood drive in which 17 people participated. Three of the individuals were first time donors. The blood donated will equate to 54 saved lives, according to Ridge.

Dr. Suzanne Bartlett had a record high attendance of 15 at her January Walk and Talk. Five participated in the “chilly brisk” walk in February at Brewer Creek.

“She’s really got the community involved in these Walk and Talks,” said Ridge.

The next Walk and Talk is scheduled for March 24.

The January C.A.R.E.S. Award winner was Jordan Erie, a paramedic in the emergency room.

VDMC Chief Financial Officer Alice Heinrichs provided the board with financial reports and fiscal services summary.

According to Heinrichs, January gross patient revenue per day was “well over expectations for the month” at $147,212 a day, which is above the December daily average of $127,409 per day. Total operating costs were higher than expected at $94,352. This was due to an increase in overtime to fill shifts for illness of employees, Heinrichs said.

The board approved $11,374.22 in capital requests. The requests include a network switch replacement, phone system expansion at the Jewell location, and table replacements.