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Calcaterra sworn in as new trustee for hospital

News, Reports from Dec. 28 SH board meeting

— Syringa Hospital Board met Dec. 28 and swore in new trustee Paula Calcaterra of Harpster. She takes the place of board chair Dave Green who is moving to Oregon; she will serve until the next election, May 2017.

“David Green provided outstanding service to Syringa Hospital District for more than six years, most of that time as chairman,” said Syringa CEO Joe Cladouhos. “He was always thoroughly prepared, objective, and considerate.”

Written leadership reports included in the board information included the following news:

Clinic operations:

• Physician assistant (PA) Derek Wynn has completed the required training from the Department of Transportation to perform DOT medical examinations. Previously, only family nurse practitioner Beth Monsebroten and PA Nathan Winder have been Syringa’s only certified medical examiners. Wynn will test this month to complete certification.

• Syringa’s primary care clinic saw 92 new patients, formerly patrons of Dr. Hollopeter, from Nov. 11-Dec. 11.

• Licensed social worker Maja Ledgerwood has been hired as a medical social worker and face to face counseling for the purpose of helping patients find resources and navigate the recommendations of the medical provider, including finances, transportation, housing and emotional support.

Human resources:

• A billboard featuring Dr. Griffis and the Syringa Hospice program will go up mid-month. In addition, ads on Adfinity screens in local businesses currently feature a collage of community service photos.

• Community resources coordinator Dana Groom and trustee Dick Tucker of Kooskia are working to get a sign for the Kooskia Clinic put up on the new bridge off U.S. Highway 12.


• Construction continues with some time frame setbacks. The elevator company has had some shipping delays. It is hoped the registration/reception area will be able to open this month so demolition can start on the existing central admission area.


• At the thrift shop, sales were 0.6 percent better than November of last year, although expenses were five times higher than last year. This is due to a $7,318 annual expenses associated with hooking up to city water, the Idaho County waste fee and a Worker’s Compensation insurance payment. Volunteers donated 809 hours of time. Some maintenance items under consideration are a roof gutter and French drain as well as some window repairs. Annexation of the property into the city was requested at the Dec. 22 Planning and Zoning meeting.

• Cash sponsors for Festival of Trees brought in about $3,500 more this year than in 2014.

Revenue Cycle:

*In Health Information Management (HIM), Dr. Hollopeter’s records continue to have an impact on the department. This includes releasing records for those patients who are choosing a provider other than at Syringa and scanning and assimilating records of patients who are seen at a Syringa clinic.

Release of information is a large part of the daily workflow in the department as it is highly regulated. The medical records are the property and legal responsibility of the healthcare facility, hospital or clinic, not the patient. Originals may not be given to patients, only copies. A patient can request a copy of his/her own record by completing a form and the provider may not deny this request unless it is determined detrimental to the patient’s mental or physical health. For more information on this issue, contact the hospital.

• In patient admissions/registration, the number of errors has risen lately due to increased activity at the clinic, payer changes, confusing insurance cards and new personnel. Sometimes a mistake is not noticed until a denial is received from insurance companies. Daily auditing will begin this month to help catch errors in coding, etc., prior to billing.

Financial Officer:

• Charges written off as bad debt and sent to collection for the month were $36,214.

• For the previous month, gross patient revenues were $1,599,736. Net operating loss for the month was $164,911.

• Contributions/grants received in November included $2,550 from the auxiliary thrift shop for manager expenses.


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