February 28, 2018



The Board of Managers of the Walker County Hospital District, Walker County, Texas met in a regular session, open to the public, Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Huntsville Memorial Hospital, Huntsville, Texas.

Members of the Board present included:

Chairman, Anne Woodard
Vice Chairman, Judy Emmett
Secretary, Jerry Larrison
Manager, Curtis Montgomery
Manager, David Toronjo

Also in attendance were:  Keli Molina, WCHD Administrative Assistant and  guest Wade Thibodeaux, Walker County Press; Donna Pinon and Linda Thompson.

Agenda Item #1: Call meeting to order.

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

Agenda Item #2: Consider approving the minutes for the Regular Meeting held January 24, 2018 and the Special Meeting held February 06, 2018.

Dr. Toronjo made a motion to approve the minutes for January 24, 2018 and February 06, 2018.  Mr. Larrison made a second to the motion.  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.

Linda Thompson asked if the public would be able to see the appraised price on the Ella Smither Property. Chairman Anne Woodard and Jerry Larrison said the public had a right to know the appraised value when the sale with the City is final and done.

Agenda Item #4: Consider approving payment of indigent care bills.

Chairman Anne Woodard gave the Indigent care report. The indigent Care Bills total for this month are $11,905.40.  Chairman Anne Woodard stated the district is working with the jail admin on the billing to the district. Chairman Woodard stated we are currently being billed for 55% and the correct amount should be 44%. Dr. Toronjo made a motion to send a letter he printed off the internet regarding the Attorney General’s opinion on inmate billing to Judge Pierce and Sheriff McRae and also put in our minute book.

He also stated the jail indigent should be verified for the program to see if they qualify for it. Chairman Anne Woodard and Dr. Toronjo both agreed the district should clarify with Brenda Strama regarding inmate indigent care payments. Chairman Anne Woodard stated we would continue to pay the bills this month.  The motion was seconded by Dr. Montgomery. The motion passed 4-1 with Dr. Toronjo abstaining from payments until the Jail bills are understood.         

Agenda Item #5: Review and consider approving the monthly financial report.

The Statement of Revenues Expenditures for the month ending January 2018 were presented.  Revenue for the month were $2,690,753.83 and expenditures were $656,557.50. Mrs. Emmett made a motion to approve the financial report as presented.  The motion was seconded by Dr. Montgomery. The motion passed by unanimous vote. 

Agenda Item #6: Consider approving payment of monthly bills.

The amount of February 2018 monthly bills were $33,348.94. After some discussion and explanation of the itemized bills, Mr. Larrison made a motion to pay the monthly bills as presented.  Dr. Montgomery made a second to the motion.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.

Agenda Item #7: Approve recording of February 2018 budgeted indigent care expense in the amount of $560,000.00.

Chairman Anne Woodard gave a brief review of the budgeted indigent care expenses.  Dr. Montgomery made a motion to approve the recording of the monthly indigent care expense for February 2018. The motion was seconded by Mr. Larrison.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.

Agenda Item #8: Report from the Chairman Anne Woodard.

Chairman Anne Woodard stated Brenda Strama is still reviewing the 90 day letter that was given to HMH. Anne also stated that Shannon Brown HMH CEO is no longer employed by HMH and Max Owens will be the acting CEO for now until the Chief Restructuring Officer is hired on with HMH.

Dr. Toronjo asked if the Task Force would still be meeting and Chairman Anne Woodard answered that is still under discussion and Mac Woodward will be meeting with the leadership team tomorrow.

Agenda Item #9: Consider giving approval to Walker County Appraisal District to accept the bids received on the properties in trust owned by the taxing jurisdictions.

None were made.

Agenda Item #10: Comments and reports from managers and HMH administration.

No comments made.

Executive Session: The Board of Managers will convene in Executive Session to deliberate on Agenda Item #11 as authorized by Texas Government Code Section 551.074:  Personnel Matters.

Reconvene:  Open Session for action following executive session, if necessary.

Agenda Item #11: To discuss the hiring of a WCHD part time administrator with salary and responsibilities.

No Action taken.

Agenda Item #12: Adjourn meeting.

There being no further business, Chairman Anne Woodard adjourned the meeting at 7:30 pm.



Chairman Anne Woodard

Walker County Hospital Distric



Attest: _______________________________

Jerry Larrison, Secretary

Walker County Hospital District