MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF
THE BOARD OF MANAGERS OF
THE WALKER COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT
January 27, 2016
STATE OF TEXAS X
COUNTY OF WALKER X
The Board of Managers of the Walker County Hospital District, Walker County, Texas met in a regular session, open to the public, Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Huntsville Memorial Hospital, 2nd Floor meeting room A, Huntsville, Texas.
Members of the Board present included:
Chairman Robert Hardy
Vice Chairman Ron Lange
Secretary Jerry Larrison
Manager Susan Mott
Manager Judy Emmett
Also in attendance were: Keli Molina, WCHD Administrative Assistant : Guy Gross, HMH CFO; Dawn Lawrence, Executive Director of Business Development; Brenda Strama (by phone conference) , Attorney with BBS Law Office; Chris Janning, Jonathan Church, Hilltop Securities and guest Donna Pinon .
Agenda Item #1: Call meeting to order.
Chairman Hardy called the meeting to order at 7:10 PM.
Agenda Item #2: Review and consider for approval the engagement of First Hilltop Securities for Financial Advisory services related to a potential transaction.
Mr. Lange made a motion to approve the engagement of services provided by Hilltop Securities. Mr. Larrison made a second to the motion. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
Agenda Item #3: Review and consider for approval the engagement of Bracewell & Giulani as legal counsel with regard to certain public law issues and a potential real estate transaction.
Mr. Larrison made a motion to approve the engagement of legal services provided by Bracewell & Giulani . Mr. Lange made a second to the motion. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
Agenda Item #4: EXECUTIVE SESSION: The Board of Managers will convene in closed session pursuant to Government Code Sec. 551.072 to review and discuss a potential real estate transaction presented by a developer and to consider whether to engage a public relations firm with regard to a potential real estate transaction.
Mr. Hardy announced that Agenda Item #4 would be a closed executive session and all visitors except the following are excused and would be invited back to the regular meeting following the executive session. At the end of the Executive Session Mr. Hardy announced that the closed executive session was finished and there were no items to be voted on and the meeting would return to open session.
All present in EXECUTIVE SESSION attendance were: WCHD Chairman Robert Hardy; WCHD Vice Chairman Ron Lange; WCHD Secretary Jerry Larrison; WCHD Manager Susan Mott; WCHD Manager Judy Emmett; Keli Molina, WCHD Administrative Assistant; Brenda Strama (by phone conference), Attorney with BBS Law Office; Chris Janning, and Jonathan Church, Hilltop Securities.
Agenda Item #5: RECONVENE: Open session for action following executive session, if necessary.
Mr. Hardy announced that the meeting would reconvene in open regular session and there were no motions to be considered following executive session.
Agenda Item #6: Consider approving the minutes for the regular meeting held December 16, 2015.
Mrs. Mott made a motion to approve the December, 16, 2015 minutes as presented. Mr. Larrison seconded the motion. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
Agenda Item #7: Comments from the public. If you wish to address the Board of Managers, please register prior to the meeting being called to order.
None were made at this time.
Agenda Item #8: Consider approving payment of indigent care bills.
WCHD Chairman Robert Hardy presented the indigent care bills in the amount of $27,006.23. Mrs. Mott made a motion to approve the payment of the indigent care bills as presented. Mr. Lange seconded the motion. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
Agenda Item #9: Review and consider approving the monthly financial report.
Chairman Robert Hardy reported that the Hospital District had revenues of $1,742,758.61 and expenditures of $682,361.47 for the month of December 2016. Mr. Larrison made a motion to accept the financial report as prepared. Mr. Lange made a second to the motion. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
Agenda Item #10: Consider approving payment of monthly bills.
Mrs. Mott made a motion to approve payment of the monthly bills as presented. Mr. Larrison seconded the motion. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
Agenda Item #11: Consider recording January 2016 indigent care expense and approve the related funding for the 1115 Waiver IGT payment.
Mr. Lange made a motion to approve the recording of the January 2016 indigent care expense and to also approve the related funding for the 1115 Waiver IGT in the amount of $576,664.00. Mrs. Mott seconded the motion. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
Agenda Item #12: Consider approving a 3 year office space lease with First National Bank.
Mrs. Mott made a motion to approve the new 3 year office lease with First Financial Bank. Mrs. Emmett seconded the motion. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
Agenda Item #13: Consider giving approval to Walker County Appraisal District to accept the bids received on the properties in trust owned by the taxing jurisdictions.
None at this time.
Agenda Item #14: Comments and reports from managers and HMH administration.
Guy Gross, HMH CFO and Dawn Lawrence, Executive Director of Business Development of HMH gave a PowerPoint Presentation of the new TDCJ Offender ER area at HMH. The new ER area will be open and ready on January 28, 2016. It can hold a maximum of 7 or 8 offender patients at a time. The TDCJ Guards will be in this area with the offenders as well. HMH also updated the current ER and Lobby. The old cabinets and furniture from the ER and Lobby were utilized in the offender ER and the ER Lobby. They are putting up pictures of Historical sites of Huntsville and pictures of the interaction of patients, nurses and doctors around the hospital. A Starbucks Coffee bar will also be added to a corner of the Hospital Lobby. The Auxiliary of HMH will manage and pay for this coffee bar. Dawn stated that the STEMI Program is on hold now until HMH can hire a Physician that meets their requirements.
Agenda Item #15: Adjourn meeting.
There being no further business Chairman Robert Hardy adjourned the meeting at 9:10 p.m.