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Health System seeking new CFO

Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm

The recruitment process for a chief financial officer for the Lincoln County Health System continues.

David Groce, longtime CFO for the health facilities, died in May after suffering injuries in an ATV accident. During last week’s meeting of the health system board, Nancy Richardson, a Quorum Health Resources employee, was introduced as the interim CFO.

The search for a permanent CFO continues.

“Quorum is doing the initial screening process,” said Jamie Guin, CEO.

Once Quorum has chosen a few candidates, Guin and the board will interview the candidates for the position of permanent CFO. It will still probably be at least 90 days before a CFO is hired, Guin said.

In other business last week, officials approved the adoption of a draft of the Community Needs Assessment survey designed to help the health system prioritize health needs in the community and to note the community’s concerns and the availability of public access to care. Following a review by an expert panel on May 29, Guin presented a draft of the final resolution and discussed some of the findings. He pointed out that the “number one significant need was cancer care.”

Survey results show that 200 people filled out the survey on the system’s website, giving their opinions as to the most significant health needs  of the community.

Guin noted that the leading causes of death in Lincoln County are heart disease, cancer, stroke and lung disease.

During his monthly report to the board, Guin stated that the construction of the canopy at the Patrick Rehab & Wellness Center was completed on June 21. Crews have begun the concrete work and are now paving, curbing and constructing the sidewalk.

While addressing capital requests, the board approved the purchase of a software package for electronic medical records for the emergency department in the amount of $85,000 and for a computer software project to go forward with CPSI.

Guin noted that software is needed in the emergency department and that it is necessary to meet Meaningful Use requirements. Guin pointed out that it is a $125,000 project; however, LCHS agreed to be a Beta Site for CPSI in order to get a discount.

“We’ll be a little bit of a guinea pig, but we can give input,” said Guin.

The Beta site gives feedback on the program performance as it is in development. A $17,400 down payment on the software is required.

The board also approved a letter of agreement for Putnam & Hancock to conduct the annual audit report.  The cost of the audit, set by the State of Tennessee Comptroller’s office, is $42,900, plus expenses.

In other action, the board approved a renewal agreement for the purchase of a volume of IV pump supplies from Biomerieux. The Quorum group purchasing price is $102,849.

An agreement for lab chemistry from Baxter  was approved by officials, as well. The agreement provides for continuation of service.

In related discussion, Guin stated that a paper shredding service contractor was terminated for lack of performance. LCHS will be putting out bids for a contract with a new vendor.

During the meeting, it was noted that volunteers of the Auxiliary at Lincoln Medical Center donated nearly $10,500 to Lincoln County Health System recently. The funds will be used to purchase various types of equipment for departments within the health system.

Auxiliary volunteers operate the Gift Galleria in the hospital, and proceeds of the sale of gifts and other items are then donated to the health system.

“It’s a very nice thing they do for our employees,” said Vicky Groce, CNO.