MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF
THE BOARD OF MANAGERS OF
THE WALKER COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT
April 25, 2018
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, April 25, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Huntsville Memorial Hospital, Huntsville, Texas.
Members of the Board present included:
Chairman, Anne Woodard
Vice Chairman, Judy Emmett
Secretary, Jerry Larrison
Manager, Curtis Montgomery
Manager, David Toronjo
Also in attendance were: Keli Molina, WCHD Administrative Assistant; Ralph Beaty, Office Administrator; Brenda Strama, Attorney (by phone); Max Owens, HMH COO; Michael Morgan, Heathcare Management Partners CEO; John Moore Heathcare Management Partners CFO; Scott Phillips, Healthcare Management Partners Consulting Officer and Wade Thibodeaux, Walker County Press.
Agenda Item #1: Call meeting to order.
Chairman Anne Woodard called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.
Agenda Item #2: Consider approving the minutes for the Special Meeting held on March 08, 2018 and the Regular Meeting held Marsh 28, 2018.
Mr. Larrison made a motion to approve the minutes for the Special Meeting held on March 08, 2018. Dr. Montgomery made a second to the motion. The motion passed by 4-0, Dr. Toronjo was absent from the meeting.
Dr. Toronjo made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Meeting held on March 28, 2018. Dr. Montgomery made a second to the motion. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
Agenda Item #3: Comments from the public. If you wish to address the Board of Managers, please register prior to the meeting being called to order.
None at this time.
Agenda Item #4: Consider approving payment of indigent care bills.
Chairman Anne Woodard gave the Indigent care report. Ralph Beaty spoke up and stated that he would be going to the Jail along with Dr. Toronjo to discuss the Indigent Jail Inmate Process with Sherriff McRae. The indigent Care Bills total for April 2018 are $10,221.40. Mr. Larrison made a motion to pass the payment of the Indigent care Bills. The motion was seconded by Mr. Montgomery. The motion passed by a unanimous vote.
Agenda Item #5: Review and consider approving the monthly financial report.
The Statement of Revenues Expenditures for the month ending March 2018 were presented by Ralph Beaty. Revenue for the month were $621,828.89 and expenditures were $671,644.15. Dr. Montgomery made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. The motion was seconded by Mr. Larrison. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
Agenda Item #6: Consider approving payment of monthly bills.
The amount of April 2018 monthly bills were $59,928.83. After some discussion and explanation of the itemized bills, Mr. Larrison made a motion to pay the monthly bills as presented. Dr. Montgomery made a second to the motion. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
Agenda Item #7: Approve recording of April 2018 budgeted indigent care expense in the amount of $568,334.00.
Chairman Anne Woodard gave a brief review of the budgeted indigent care expenses. Mr. Larrison made a motion to approve the recording of the monthly indigent care expense for March 2018. The motion was seconded by Dr. Montgomery. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
Agenda Item #8: Consider giving approval to Walker County Appraisal District to accept the bids received on the properties in trust owned by the taxing jurisdictions.
Chairman Anne Woodard made a motion to accept the bids as presented. Mr. Larrison made a second. The motion passed by a unanimous vote.
Agenda Item #9: Consider approval of application to waive Walker County Hospital District property taxes for the Samuel Walker Houston Cultural Center.
Dr. Montgomery made a motion to approve the application. Mr. Larrison made a second to the motion. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
Agenda Item #10: Comments and reports from managers and HMH administration. Michael Morgan, Heathcare Management Partners CEO stated they have been at HMH for right under four weeks now and one of the things very important is making sure that the Hospital Corporate Board works very closely with the district, both of these entities working together is really the only way to take care of the issues for the long term care of this hospital. We have worked very close with the board Chairman and the finance Chairman as we go thru this process.
We haven’t had a board meeting yet but will have one tomorrow and also a finance meeting prior to that. Mr. Morgan stated he did not have any financials as of yet but he would be having financial packets for the district every month moving forward. He also stated that HMH and WCHD might have to switch nights on their monthly meetings in order for him to give the HMH Financial report. Mr. Morgan said after these meetings take place and all of the information is reviewed we can move forward with a plan to assist HMH.
Agenda Item #11: EXECUTIVE SESSION: The Board of Managers will convene in Closed Session pursuant to Government Code Section 551.071 to consult and deliberate with the District’s attorneys to discuss the legal issues raised in the possible sale of the Old Huntsville Memorial Hospital properties and the lawsuit and report on the proceedings in the lawsuit attempting to enjoin any sale filed on March 5, 2018 under Cause No. 18-28672 styled Pamela Smither Covington, Miles Allan “Bob” Smither and Murray Smither v. Huntsville Memorial Hospital and Walker County Hospital District, In the 278th Judicial District Court of Walker County, Texas, presently set for hearing on the Request for Temporary Injunction for April 23, 2018.
Reconvene: Open Session for action following Executive Session.
No Action taken.
Agenda Item #12: Adjourn meeting.
There being no further business, Chairman Anne Woodard adjourned the meeting at 6.55 pm.
Chairman Anne Woodard
Walker County Hospital District
Jerry Larrison, Secretary
Walker County Hospital District