|Hospital begins strategic plan process|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 07 May 2015 21:03|
Board members okay
credentials for more
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Board members of the Chase County Community Hospital (CCCH) launched a strategic planning process to help chart the future course for the hospital.
Administrator Steve Lewis said the board hired Deirdre Byrne with Strategic Advisory Services in Kansas City, Mo., to lead the process.
The board’s first session was held during their April 16 meeting.
Lewis said the session reviewed the history of where the hospital has been as well as laying the foundation for where it wants to be over the next couple of years.
Byrne also met with the medical staff and department heads the following day.
The planning process was a key recommendation of the critical access hospital assessment completed in December.
Byrne and her company came highly recommended by the Heartland Health Alliance, of which CCCH is a member.
The board, department heads and medical staff will hold joint meetings in May. Lewis said they will review how the hospital compares to industry benchmarks to help forge the strategic plan.
Once in place, Lewis said the plan will give the hospital a focus on goals and where to make improvements. The overall goal will be to improve on the hospital services they provide to patients.
Dermatology clinic added
In other board action, they approved the credentials for hospital privileges for Dermatolgist Dr. Daniel Mosel of North Platte; Constance Hill of McCook as a certified registered nurse anesthetist; and Dr. Lori Ripley of Greeley, Colo., as an emergency room locum tenes.
Dr. Mosel is a board-certified dermatologist who operates Greater Nebraska Dermatology in North Platte.
His first specialty clinic at the hospital will be June 11. His monthly clinic will be held on the second Thursday of every month.
Hill has been added to provide anesthesia coverage for the operating room while Ripley will provide locum tenes coverage for the E.R.
Chief Financial Officer Renee Fink reviewed financial operations to date.
The hospital finished the month of March with a deficit of $145,921. For the fiscal year, which ends June 30, the hospital is operating at a deficit of $608,177.
CCCH is one of only two hospitals in Nebraska that does not levy property taxes for its operation.