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Syringa board interviews three for CEO

‘Process ongoing,’ said chair Bolden

Syringa Hospital

Syringa Hospital

— Syringa Hospital trustees recently interviewed three candidates for the position of CEO. Joe Cladouhos, former CEO, retired earlier this year. Trustees are working in conjunction with Kootenai Health whom Syringa affiliated and entered a managerial services agreement with this year.

“The process of choosing a CEO will be ongoing,” said board chair Al Bolden of White Bird at the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 28.

According to the minutes, the board met in executive session Nov. 8 to review questions and the process for CEO interviews. On Nov. 13, they met in executive session for the interviews from 10:35 to 11:50 a.m. They interviewed in executive session again on Nov. 17 from 10:30 to 11:58 a.m.

In other hospital news:

• Syringa will host a physician candidate Dec. 7 and 8. She is currently in residency at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Altoona, with an expected completion date of June 2018.

• The Syringa Thrift Store donated more than 50 Christmas cards to be given to local veterans. Syringa volunteers will be writing in these cards which will be handed out at the Idaho County Veterans and Community Outreach Center Dec. 15. Gross profit at the thrift store increased 14.78 percent from this quarter in 2016.

• The next SHC sponsored Inland Northwest Blood Bank blood drive will be Friday, Dec. 15, noon to 5:30 p.m., at the Grangeville Armory.

• Physical therapist Monte Beardin is at the Kooskia Clinic seeing patients Mondays through Thursday now.

• In a recent survey, it was noted Syringa lacks proper physical protection for paper records that are being stored. Revenue cycle manager Yvonne Hoiland reported employee Carri Forsmann has worked with maintenance supervisor Bill Spencer to address the deficiency with fire retardant tarps that will be in place in 2018.

Hoiland explained paper records have to be kept a decade, except in the case of a minor patient; those records must be kept longer.

“We have a number of records that will be scanned, then eventually those paper records will be destroyed,” she said, along with the records that will be purged when their time expires.

She went on to say that the cost of having records scanned by a private company is “quite expensive,” so staff will work on this as time allows.

• Disbursements for the previous month were $1,312,872. Charges written off as bad debt for the month and sent to collections were $41,050.

CFO and interim CEO Betty Watson reported the annual audit is complete and Carl Swenson, Crandall-Swenson, PLLC of Boise, will be present at the January 2018 meeting.

Watson also reported a new ultrasound machine is in the works.

“Ultrasounds dropped by about 20 percent, from 750 in 2016 to 600 in 2017, mainly due, I believe, to the poor quality of the pictures,” she said. “We are excited to be purchasing a machine that will have good quality images.”

The next meeting of the board has been set for Thursday, Dec. 28, 12:30 p.m., at the Soltman Center.


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