The Brownfield Regional Medical Center met tonight for its regular meeting with Board Directors. The first order of business was the consideration of the Tax Abatement Agreement with Algodon Solar Energy LLC, which was a unanimous vote of approval. The Brownfield Regional Medical Center also created a set of behavioral standards for all employees. This is the first time the BRMC has had an official set of standards. A town hall meeting will be held where the standards will be explained to and discussed with all employees, and all employees will sign an agreement. Following the town hall meeting, managers will discuss the behavioral standards with their directors. Approval of the standards was unanimous as well.
The next order of business was the CNO report. The Brownfield Regional Medical Center is currently understaffed in terms of LND nurses. They would like to get four LND night nurses to work twelve hour shifts. As of right now, nurses are working 24-hour shifts. Another staffing issue is the need for contract nurses. BRMC would like to have its own, in-house nurses in order to avoid having to pay contract nurses over their own nurses. In addition
CMS prep teams are being formed to help the nurses prepare for CMS inspections. The CMS prep teams will be designed to educate and prepare the staff to show the CMS proof of all protocols and procedures.
The Quality Quarterly Report was next on the agenda for the night. One of the goals for BRMC was to receive 85% excellent ratings in surveys from their patients. The quarterly report showed that BRMC received 84% excellent ratings, bringing them very close to their goal.
The Medical Staff had a meeting where they agreed to request for the board’s approval for an OBGYN from Lubbock to come to Brownfield to assist the doctors. They also met with Concord and the EMS to create a set of requirements for the transfer of patients from Brownfield to Lubbock. This set of regulations will help keep patients in the BRMC, only sending patients to Lubbock if they meet certain criteria or if it is approved by the staff beforehand. UMC, Covenant, and the rural hospital also discussed the transfer requirements and agreed upon them. All of this was unanimously approved of by the board.
The CEO report consisted of the boiler structure improvement approval. This is to build a frame into the concrete to support the weight of the boilers instead of building an entirely new building, saving the BRMC hundreds of thousands of dollars. The CEO also reported that starting in January, patient surveys will be conducted in departments such as the lab, ER, radiology, surgery, etc. (Reported by Morgan Minshew)
Current goal updates:
Pharmacy-label vials properly is at 99% goal is 100%
Utilization review-readmission rates are at 4% goal is 15% or less
Up front denials are at 6% goal is 5% or less
Triage time in 15 minutes or less is at 46% goal is 80%