February 22, 2017

STATE OF TEXAS           X



The Board of Managers of the Walker County Hospital District, Walker County, Texas met in a regular session, open to the public, Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Huntsville Memorial Hospital, Huntsville, Texas.

Members of the Board present included:

Chairman, Anne Karr
Vice Chairman, Dr. Curtis Montgomery
Secretary, Jerry Larrison
Manager, Robert Hardy
Manager, Judy Emmett

Also in attendance were: Keli Molina, WCHD Administrative Assistant; Mayor Andy Brauninger; Judge Danny Pierce; Holle Knight, HMH Indigent Care and Shannon Brown, CEO, HMH.


Agenda Item #1: Call meeting to order.

Chairman Karr called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Agenda Item #2: Consider approving the minutes for the Regular Meeting held on January 25, 2017 and the Special Meeting held January 26, 2017.

Dr. Montgomery made a motion to approve the minutes for both meetings. The motion was seconded by Mr. Hardy. 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 were made.        

Agenda Item#4: Mayor Andy Brauninger would like to discuss the City Of Huntsville’s interest in purchasing Ella Smither.

Mayor Andy Brauninger stated that the City of Huntsville is very interested in purchasing the Ella Smither property owned by the WCHD. The location would be great for a Police and Fire Station and this property is also near to the City’s main office. Mayor Andy Brauninger stated the City of Huntsville would like to put a bid in when the WCHD is ready to sell.

Agenda Item#5: Holle Knight will give a presentation on WCHD Indigent Care Patients and Program.

Holle Knight gave a brief presentation on the guidelines and the qualifications of the Indigent Health Program as well as the prescription’s they are allowed each month. She also spoke about the doctors in the program. Most new contracts are from local vendors at 100% Medicaid. This results in a substantial cost savings.

Anne Karr suggested charging the indigent patients a $3.00 co-pay.

Dr. Montgomery made a motion to approve the copay. The motion was seconded by Mr. Larrison. The motion passed by unanimous vote.

Agenda Item#6: Consider approving payment of indigent care bills.

Keli Molina gave the Indigent care report. The indigent Care Bills total for this month was $9,194.00.  Mr. Larrison made a motion to pay the indigent care bills as presented. The motion was seconded by Mr. Hardy.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.    

Agenda Item#7: Review and consider approving the monthly financial report.

The Statement of Revenues & Expenditures for the month ending January 2017 was presented by Keli Molina. The Revenue for the month was $2,358,770.06 and expenditures were $ 853,539.45. Mr. Larrison made a motion to approve the financial report as presented.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Karr. The motion passed         by unanimous vote.

Agenda Item #8: Consider approving payment of monthly bills.

Monthly bills in the amount of $23,415.26 were presented by Keli Molina.

Mr. Hardy made a motion to pay the monthly bills as presented.  The motion was seconded by Dr. Larrison.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.

Agenda Item #9: Approve the recording of February 2017 budgeted indigent care     expense in the amount of $576,664.00.

Mr. Montgomery made a motion to approve recording the monthly indigent care expense. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Emmett. The motion passed by unanimous vote.

Agenda Item #10: Consider giving approval to Walker County Appraisal District to accept the bids received on the properties in trust owned by the taxing jurisdictions.

None at this time.

Agenda Item #11: Discuss asbestos study report and future demolition of Ella Smither Building.

Joe Henderson will be looking into a disposition for the Ella Smither Property and give the WCHD Board a report at next month’s meeting. Dr. Montgomery will be making calls to get more information on the demolition of Ella Smither.

Agenda Item #12: Comments and reports from managers and HMH administration.

Shannon Brown HMH CEO gave a brief report on Quorum and the sale. He said HMH has received 160 documents by Quorum and due by this Friday. Shannon stated they have already loaded in 5900 documents and Quorum will be on site a few more weeks.

Shannon discussed medical insurance companies from a hospital perspective and also stated the census is up for January and February 2017.

Anne Karr gave a report from Chris Janning regarding the sale of HMH.

Agenda Item #13: Adjourn meeting.

There being no further business, Chairman, Anne Karr adjourned the meeting at 7:40 P.M.



Chairman Anne Karr

Walker County Hospital District





Attest: _______________________________

Jerry Larrison, Secretary

Walker County Hospital District