A new face was added to the Brownfield Regional Medical Center (BRMC) Board of Directors and one leaving to take a break. During the regular scheduled BRMC Board meeting Tuesday night May 17, 2022 the Board moved to accept Chuck Nave as a member of the Board. During the municipal filing for local elections, BRMC had three seats available and were held by Sue Cottrell, Justin Hesse, and Bobby Lawrence. Cottrell was the only incumbent to file for her same position on the Board. Hesse and Lawrence did not and nobody else filed for those two positions. This sparked the BRMC Board to appoint a member to the Board. Nave was recommended by Board member Brian Paiva, and unanimously approved by the Board. Nave accepted the appointment and will be sworn in durning the next BRMC meeting.
With Hesse leaving the Board, this left the Chairmanship open. Paiva was nominated and approved unanimously as the new Chairman. June Cooper was nominated as Vice-Chair and Sylvia Dingus was nominated as Secretary. Both were unanimously approved. Soon after the officers elections, Paiva presented Hesse with a plaque honoring him for his 12 years of service on the BRMC Board of Directors. Hesse said, “Thank you all for this and I will miss it. Don’t get rid of the name plate because I’ll be back, but right now I’ve take some time off.”
Of course there is still one more vacant seat for the Board of Directors. When asked if they plan on filling that position, BRMC CEO said, “Eventually we will.” Cottrell told the Board we need to be looking and finding someone who wants to be here. Cooper concurred with that sentiment stating, “We need someone who wants to be here, so we need to start looking.”
In other business, the Board looked at the financial report from CFO Paul Gafford. For the month of March 2022, BRMC had a net income loss of $540,413.00 which was higher compared to the $368,194.00 net loss the same time last in 2021. Gafford explained that employing agency nurses (traveling nurses) due to the pandemic caused the majority of the net loss. However, since the die down of the pandemic in recent months, agency nurses have not been used and will save funding.
Gafford also showed the bOard the “Key Operating Indicators” for March 2022. There were 86 acute patient days, lower than the year prior which was 109. Nursery births were seven, one less than 2021. BRMC Clinic visits sit at 1,224, down from last year’s 1,290. However, ER visits were up 22% or 303 from 249 compared to the prior year this time. There were 19 surgeries which were two more than last March 2021 and the Home Health Services has gone up from 52 served to 65 which is a 25% increase from last year.
The Board did go into executives session, however no action was taken. The meeting was adjourned.