Brownfield Regional Medical Center Hospital Board met Monday, June 19th, to hear monthly reports and take action on a few items of business.

Returning board members Sylvia Dingus and Joe Silva were sworn in following the canvassing of the May election results. The vacancy on the board created by the resignation of Lonnie King was also discussed. The board will appoint someone to fill that spot, but that board member will have to run for reelection upon the expiration of Lonnie King’s term. The board and CEO, Jerry Jasper, will talk to individuals who had previously expressed interest in serving and a decision will be made during the next board meeting.

The board voted to approve the purchase of additional IV pumps. The total price was $26,075 but had already been included in the capital budget. CEO, Jerry Jasper, informed the board that there was a day last month that they were out of IV pumps.

The board also heard from J. Ferg Roofing regarding the condition of the roof after the recent hail storm. An adjuster from the hospital’s insurance was called out to evaluate the roof. Upon inspection involving core samples, it was determined that not only was the surface damaged, but the layers below the surface are saturated with water. The condition of the decking is unknown, but replacement cost would be covered if it must be replaced. Based on the preliminary bid, the hospital would be responsible for approximately $11,800 of the approximate $850,000 cost to replace the roof. The process of replacing will take up to six weeks and will be done in stages so that no portion of the roof is left exposed overnight. It was discussed that the process did not have to go out for bid because of the $11,800 cost to the hospital. The board voted to allow J. Ferg to continue to work on the plan for the repairs.

BRMC CFO, Paul Gafford, provided the monthly finance report. While numbers for admissions are slightly lower for this month, there were bright spots. Home Health has had six months of higher numbers and swing bed days are increasing.

During the CEO report, Jerry Jasper, announced that wireless for most patient rooms is now available.

In regards to the pipes that need to be replaced in the ceilings, Jasper stated that they would like to hold off on this $2 million project. He has met with the architect firm that originally drew up the plans for a new facility and they have agreed to redraw the plans to include several cost cutting measures. With the decreased cost it is possible that the hospital would be eligible for an USDA loan and possibly even a grant to help pay for a new facility.

During the Medical Staff report, privileges were granted to several new providers. Included in these providers was William Geoffrey Scott, MD. He will be the consulting physician for the new Sleep Studies program. Two hospital rooms have been transformed to create a place to conduct sleep studies. With queen size beds and high quality bedding, the rooms have been designed to create a more restful and less hospital-like setting. Patients with orders from their doctor can now bring their order to the business office to start the process of scheduling their sleep study.

The meeting was then adjourned.