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[ARCHIVED] Brookings Health System Board of Trustees Minutes: 03/29/2021

Brookings Health System

Board of Trustees

March 29, 2021

 

 

Board of Trustees

Present: Daryl Englund, Dick Peterson, Sheila Anderson, Lynn Darnall, Andrew Ellsworth, Mary Anne Krogh, David Meyer, James Morgan and Justin Sell; City Ex-Officio: Leah Brink and Patty Bacon 

Absent: County Ex-Officio: Ryan Krogman

 

Management Present:  Jason Merkley, CEO; Tammy Hillestad, CNO; Melissa Wagner, CFO and Sheri Wiig, recorder 

 

President Englund called the meeting to order at 5:15 p.m. 

 

INVITED GUEST

Via WebEx, Geoff Knobloch, CPA/Partner with Eide Bailly was introduced and welcomed. Knobloch presented an overview of the FY20 audit results. The audit is pending final approval from the State Department of Legislative Audit, however, Eide Bailly is prepared to issue a clean, unmodified audit opinion. 

 

Overall, Brookings Health System did well despite the world wide coronavirus pandemic. 2020’s year-end net position was $83.7 million compared to $74.5 million in 2019. Total revenue was $70.8 million with operating expenses totaling $72.4 million. Ratio and benchmark comparisons were favorable in relation to other South Dakota hospitals, Moody’s and the Optum database data. Knobloch also provided further explanation on the pension expense and financial impact due to Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). Knobloch indicated the audit went very well and financial statements are in good order.  

 

Knobloch was thanked for his presentation and exited the WebEx at 5:50 p.m.

 

CONSENT AGENDA 

A motion was made by Darnall, seconded by Peterson to approve the agenda and the following consent agenda items: February 22, 2021 Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes, February 17, 2021 Medical Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, February 2021 Financials, Adjustments and Payables as follows:  

 

February 2021 Payables:

(Vendor name and amount)

Avera Health, $34,813.25; MVMD Prof LLC, $26,190.00; Owens & Minor, $22,406.62; Interstate Office Products Inc, $19,570.59; Xigent Solutions, $13,635.63; Intuitive Surgical Inc, $12,669.85; Avera McKennan Hospital, $10,182.41; Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, $9,598.21; Medline Industries Inc, $9,381.35; City of Brookings, $8,731.02; DAC Technologies, $7,665.00; Becton Dickinson and Company, $5,791.22; Walman Instruments, $4,909.95; Medi USA LP, $4,000.00; Fidelity Security Life, $3,651.49; Cardinal Health 414 LLC, $3,587.82; South Dakota State University, $3,257.25; KCI USA, $2,445.61; ABB Optical Group, $2,314.59; Midwest Urologic Stone Unit Limited, $2,250.00; Cardinal Health, $2,090.03; Mediacom LLC, $1,976.35; Bayer Healthcare LLC, $1,864.68; Vocera Communications Inc, $1,824.80; Baxter Healthcare Corp, $1,811.61; Precision Lens, $1,661.00; Network Services Company, $1,596.39; Physicians Laboratory LTD, $1,414.87; Courtesy Plumbing Inc, $1,193.40; Tura, $1,130.42; Wapiti Medical Staffing, $1,098.00; Hillyard/Sioux Falls, $1,083.63; Sean Sundermann, $1,067.20; South Dakota Department of Health, $1,000.00; Scott Raabe, $879.70; Teleflex Funding LLC, $817.50; Northwestern Energy, $811.01; Microsurgical Technology Inc, $799.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $667.22; Allegra Printing & Imaging, $633.08; Inmar RX Solutions Inc, $623.43; Building Sprinkler Company Inc, $619.04; Grainger Inc, $571.34; Covidien Sales LLC, $565.00; Core-Mark Midcontinent Inc, $552.67; Mechanical Sales Inc South Dakota, $550.00; Midwest Glass, $521.84; Sarstedt Inc, $449.09; Creative Brands, $377.75; Ability Network Inc, $359.37; Patient-Insurance Refund, $357.00; EPS Inc, $350.05; Draeger Inc, $344.69; DM Merchandising, $336.92; 3M Company, $300.00; Wheelchair Express Sioux Falls, $295.94; Hubert Company, $295.20; East Side Jersey Dairy Inc, $290.34; Charmant USA, $276.31; UPS, $271.11; Apdyne Medical Company, $265.70; Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Inc, $256.23; Amber Overby, $240.00; Brian Kvamme, $240.00; Joshua Klinkhammer, $240.00; Intrado Interactive Services Corp, $236.41; Chesterman Co, $221.80; Kool Beans Coffee, $221.00; High Point Networks LLC, $218.75; Patient-Insurance Refund, $200.34; US Postal Service, $200.00; Otis Elevator Company, $199.72; Direct Supply, $188.85; Karen Weber, $181.27; Sanford Training Center, $176.00; Crest Healthcare Supply, $160.85; Patient-Insurance Refund, $129.00; Cory Kirby, $120.00; Jen Mendel, $120.00; Pan O Gold Baking Co, $116.58; De Rigo REM, $114.67; Abdallah Inc, $113.58; Patient-Insurance Refund, $109.60; Patient-Insurance Refund, $108.29; Patient-Insurance Refund, $106.98; Office Peeps Inc, $103.20; Ohio Medical LLC, $101.42; Patient-Insurance Refund, $90.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $80.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $74.32; Fedex, $74.19; Karla Hanson, $70.73; UPS Store, $66.81; Perry Electric Inc, $65.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $63.67; Europa Eyewear Corporation, $60.86; Galls LLC, $59.99; Premier Specialty Vehicles Inc, $59.52; IZI Medical Products LLC, $55.70; Midwest Special Instruments Corp, $55.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $52.71; Patient-Insurance Refund, $45.60; Carquest Auto Parts, $43.74; Patient-Insurance Refund, $37.43; NAPA of Yankton, $35.78; Patient-Insurance Refund, $29.23; Patient-Insurance Refund, $20.20; Nuance Communications, $18.31; Patient-Insurance Refund, $16.21; Modern Optical International, $13.60; Patient-Insurance Refund, $10.00; Brookings Municipal Utilities, $35,536.49; Aegis Therapies Inc, $34,479.05; Priority Healthcare Distribution, $18,322.48; Owens & Minor, $15,491.59; National Medical Resources Inc, $14,746.60; GE Precision Healthcare LLC, $10,848.68; Brothers Pharmacy & Gifts, $9,601.42; Press Ganey Associates Inc, $7,500.00; South Dakota Supplement Plan, $7,047.41; Rove Staffing LLC, $6,619.50; Allegra Printing & Imaging, $5,398.68; Swiftel Center, $4,750.00; Qualified Presort Service LLC, $4,500.20; Midwest Urologic Stone Unit Limited, $4,250.00; A-OX Welding Supply Co Inc, $4,225.80; Madison Regional Health System, $4,075.00; Cardinal Health 414 LLC, $3,840.76; Blend Interactive Inc, $3,812.50; Avera Home Medical Equipment, $3,600.00; Alcon Vision LLC, $2,866.50; Barrett's Flooring, $2,852.35; Brookings Country Club, $2,823.59; Precision Lens, $2,592.00; Cardinal Health Pharmacy Svcs LLC, $2,496.60; Cooks Waste Paper & Recycling, $2,470.27; North Central Food Processing, $2,454.72; Experian Health Inc, $2,200.67; Outlaw Graphics, $2,000.00; Leading Edge Grounds Care Inc, $1,936.00; Bayer Healthcare LLC, $1,912.74; South Dakota Association of Health, $1,500.00; CDW Government Inc, $1,467.99; Natalie Christina Owens-Sloan, $1,453.10; Mediacom LLC, $1,416.94; Xigent Solutions, $1,376.93; Stryker Endoscopy, $1,347.93; CR Bard Inc, $1,340.94; Kone Inc, $1,337.57; Fisher Healthcare, $1,316.93; Olympus America Inc, $1,289.13; Aldrete Score Inc, $1,250.00; PharMerica, $1,241.15; Plan B Eyewear Inc, $1,175.60; 9 Clouds Marketing Group LLC, $1,125.62; BP of Brookings Inc, $1,116.55; Teleflex Funding LLC, $1,116.00; High Point Networks LLC, $1,093.00; Medivators, $1,085.00; Lowes Business Account, $1,077.25; Brookings Area Transit Auth Inc, $1,000.00; Tyler Richard Harrell, $1,000.00; Network Services Company, $972.65; Wapiti Medical Staffing, $905.20; Cook Medical Incorporated, $897.25; Baxter Healthcare Corp, $815.17; Abbott Laboratories, $719.28; SmartPractice Dermatology, $704.95; DMS Health Technologies Inc, $675.00; Shari Kleinjan, $671.20; First Bank & Trust, $665.00; Nox Medical LLC Lockbox, $626.20; Interstate Office Products Inc, $600.26; Kyla Huntimer, $586.64; CR Bard Inc, $576.73; Gordon Dekkenga, $561.00; Randi Bauman, $554.72; Sioux Falls Aquatics LLC, $550.00; Stericycle Inc, $534.14; Krier & Blain Inc, $532.56; E Misc, $500.00; Emily Vanderwal, $498.16; Patient-Insurance Refund, $484.43; Shelly Deknikker, $480.24; Society of Diagnostic Medical, $480.00; Buhls Drycleaning, $477.45; Karla Hanson, $462.56; Department of Social Services, $435.70; Lynette Richarz, $425.60; McKesson Medical Surgical, $424.25; Cardinal Health, $412.83; Hill Rom Co, $410.00; Smith & Nephew Inc, $409.00; Adrian Dreessen, $400.00; Bardy Diagnostics Inc, $400.00; Karl's TV & Appliance, $399.99; KCI USA, $396.87; Cyracom LLC, $392.08; Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, $390.29; Town & Country Shopper Inc, $384.00; Lindsey Bothwell, $376.32; Peggy Morris Ferkul, $371.28; McKeever Inc, $354.70; Mizuho Orthopedic Systems Inc, $351.00; Ashley Engelstad, $330.16; Becton Dickinson and Company, $329.22; MVAP Medical Supplies Inc, $329.00; Laura Crooks, $327.04; Angela Shoup, $313.92; Gabrielle Deml, $311.92; PlatinumCode, $310.56; Deb Aalderks, $308.32; Silver Screen Advertising, $300.00; Fastenal Company, $298.16; Accounts Management Inc, $295.20; Kingsbury Journal, $288.00; Arlington Municipal Utilities, $278.59; Mix Dry Cleaners Inc, $270.00; Samantha Drealan, $269.36; Minn-Kota Pest Control, $267.50; Aflac Group Insurance, $261.42; Party Depot, $258.92; Hailey Milton, $256.48; East Side Jersey Dairy Inc, $253.24; Performance Health Supply Inc, $251.45; Brookings Area United Way, $242.78; Courtesy Plumbing Inc, $234.00; Rushmore Service Center LLC, $223.42; Brylee Hennrich, $214.48; Kristen Zobel, $213.68; Collection Services Center, $201.69; Donna Bumann, $200.80; Patient-Insurance Refund, $200.00; Interstate Telecommunications Coop, $187.91; Patient-Insurance Refund, $176.99; American Medical Association, $173.17; Dakota Data Shred, $168.83; Prairie Graphics Inc, $162.00; Deer Oaks Mental Health Associates, $156.44; Patient-Insurance Refund, $154.32; Galls LLC, $154.23; Julie Henry, $153.44; Patient-Insurance Refund, $150.00; Delasco LLC, $149.10; Allen Medical Systems Inc, $133.00; Sarstedt Inc, $131.64; Patient-Insurance Refund, $129.24; Arthrex Inc, $125.00; Sanford Training Center, $120.00; Fedex, $114.89; Hamlin County Publishing Inc, $114.75; Pan O Gold Baking Co, $107.80; RR Donnelley, $101.90; Nova Biomedical, $100.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $100.00; Accounts Management Inc, $97.98; Foerster Office & Janitorial Supply, $97.10; Messerli & Kramer PA, $96.50; Chesterman Co, $91.00; Flowers On Main, $88.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $86.41; Patient-Insurance Refund, $85.02; Patient-Insurance Refund, $85.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $84.60; Walman Instruments, $83.92; Philips Healthcare, $82.53; Patient-Insurance Refund, $80.00; Emily Zenner, $78.72; Ashley Schmidt, $72.80; Marla Hegdahl, $67.20; Patient-Insurance Refund, $62.76; Patient-Insurance Refund, $59.12; Patient-Insurance Refund, $55.61; Patient-Insurance Refund, $53.79; Brianna Ringhand, $53.76; Gregg Tebeest, $52.64; Credit Collections Bureau, $50.95; Aspex Eyewear Inc, $49.99; Patient-Insurance Refund, $48.70; City of Brookings, $47.52; Patient-Insurance Refund, $47.44; Patient-Insurance Refund, $45.80; Nebraska Child Support Payment Ctr, $43.85; Ashley A Brown, $42.88; Patient-Insurance Refund, $38.54; Patient-Insurance Refund, $35.23; Patient-Insurance Refund, $35.02; Patient-Insurance Refund, $35.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $35.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $30.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $30.00; Runnings Supply Inc, $29.39; Patient-Insurance Refund, $28.01; Modern Optical International, $26.07; Amanda Trowbridge, $25.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $25.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $25.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $24.35; Patient-Insurance Refund, $24.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $20.72; Patient-Insurance Refund, $20.16; Patient-Insurance Refund, $20.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $19.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $15.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $12.96; Patient-Insurance Refund, $11.08; Patient-Insurance Refund, $6.61; Patient-Insurance Refund, $5.58; Steris Instrument Management, $3.48; Avera McKennan Hospital, $1,532,857.17; Agiliti Health Inc, $28,771.35; ASD Healthcare, $24,960.00; Owens & Minor, $22,260.50; GIS Benefits, $20,715.29; AAA Collections Inc, $18,705.31; Medical Information Technology Inc, $13,733.00; Constellation Newenergy Gas Div LLC, $12,375.25; Stryker Sales Corp, $9,105.96; Concordance Healthcare Solutions, $8,506.97; City of Brookings, $8,246.36; United Living Community, $7,765.22; Swiftel Communications, $6,193.77; Wapiti Medical Staffing, $5,642.53; Cassling, $5,375.00; Office of Chief Financial Officer, $4,500.00; Numotion, $4,497.26; Avel eCare LLC, $3,713.15; Century Business Products, $3,290.08; Precise Bioscience LLC, $3,200.00; Cardinal Health, $3,125.78; Patient-Insurance Refund, $2,805.64; Integra Lifesciences Sales LLC, $2,742.00; Cardinal Health 414 LLC, $2,721.58; Merit Medical Systems Inc, $2,650.00; Allegra Printing & Imaging, $2,351.74; Alpha Media LLC, $2,335.00; Midwest Urologic Stone Unit Limited, $2,250.00; Oncology Nursing Society, $2,123.00; Valued Relationships Inc, $1,799.30; Credit Collections Bureau, $1,780.57; Builders Supply Co, $1,745.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $1,727.17; Boston Scientific Corporation, $1,664.67; Network Services Company, $1,641.84; Olympus America Inc, $1,620.83; Mitel Cloud Services, $1,604.57; Classic Acoustic Clean, $1,571.00; Medivators, $1,500.00; Northwestern Energy, $1,271.07; Baxter Healthcare Corp, $1,137.41; RR Donnelley, $1,094.00; Medline Industries Inc, $1,086.17; Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Inc, $1,038.49; Midcontinent Communications, $1,000.00; Dedicated Investment Group, $976.50; Computer Products & Supplies Intl, $957.00; A&A Optical Company, $872.57; Transmed Inc, $870.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $788.53; Dakota Truck Underwriters, $778.44; Sioux Valley School District 5-5, $750.00; Qualified Presort Service LLC, $746.31; Steris Corporation, $682.77; Stryker Endoscopy, $668.90; Wells Fargo Vendor Financial Svcs, $662.00; Natalie Christina Owens-Sloan, $658.33; Conmed Corp, $633.12; Sleep Center Services LLC, $585.00; PlatinumCode, $582.48; Europa Eyewear Corporation, $566.55; South Dakota Health Care Assoc, $508.50; Marchon Eyewear Inc, $502.53; Arlington School District 38-1, $500.00; Foerster Office & Janitorial Supply, $430.80; Lexisnexis Risk Data Management Inc, $405.00; Daryl Englund, $400.00; Mercury Medical, $395.07; National Rural Health Association, $395.00; Fedex, $394.50; Hauge Associates Inc, $393.38; Madison Regional Health System, $384.60; Uline Inc, $341.50; Interstate All Battery Center, $328.00; GDI Optical LLC, $304.00; Step Saver Inc, $300.95; Andrew Ellsworth, $300.00; David M Meyer, $300.00; James Morgan, $300.00; Justin G Sell, $300.00; Lynn M Darnall, $300.00; Richard H Peterson, $300.00; Sheila Anderson, $300.00; Centurylink, $278.12; East Side Jersey Dairy Inc, $276.97; MXR Imaging Inc, $267.29; Culligan Water Conditioning, $266.75; Chesterman Co, $256.50; Patient-Insurance Refund, $250.49; Bay Medical Products LLC, $227.80; Mediacom LLC, $220.09; Debra Miller, $219.00; Young Door Service, $217.91; Carquest Auto Parts, $216.01; Interstate Office Products Inc, $207.31; Draeger Inc, $164.19; Sarstedt Inc, $155.55; Pan O Gold Baking Co, $146.50; Avera Medical Group Brookings, $144.00; Aesculap Inc, $143.43; City of Volga, $136.67; Grainger Inc, $130.41; Catherine Leadabrand, $127.60; Brookings Engraving, $122.98; Patient-Insurance Refund, $108.36; Patient-Insurance Refund, $100.00; Intrado Interactive Services Corp, $96.73; Patient-Insurance Refund, $91.82; Havel's Inc, $91.50; Performance Health Supply Inc, $85.92; Accounts Management Inc, $80.00; Runnings Supply Inc, $74.09; Live Eyewear, $65.80; McKesson Medical Surgical, $63.20; Gynex, $55.97; Patient-Insurance Refund, $49.87; Ron's Auto Repair, $45.30; Patient-Insurance Refund, $36.95; Carefusion 2200 Inc, $31.52; Patient-Insurance Refund, $22.19; Patient-Insurance Refund, $10.41; Patient-Insurance Refund, $9.45; M Misc, $200.00; M Misc, $175.00; C MISC, $150.00; Lynne Thompson, $150.00; M Misc, $150.00; J Misc, $125.00; V Misc, $125.00; E Misc, $100.00; E Misc, $100.00; H Misc, $100.00; K Misc, $100.00; L Misc, $100.00; L Misc, $100.00; M Misc, $100.00; S Misc, $100.00; S Misc, $100.00; W Misc, $100.00; H Misc, $75.00; H Misc, $75.00; K Misc, $75.00; K Misc, $75.00; M Misc, $75.00; C MISC, $50.00; C MISC, $50.00; E Misc, $50.00; Gregg Tebeest, $50.00; J Misc, $50.00; K Misc, $50.00; L Misc, $50.00; Laura Crooks, $50.00; M Misc, $50.00; M Misc, $50.00; M Misc, $50.00; September Bessler, $50.00; Tonya Buchholz, $50.00; A Misc, $25.00; A Misc, $25.00; A Misc, $25.00; B MISC, $25.00; B MISC, $25.00; D MISC, $25.00; D MISC, $25.00; L Misc, $25.00; M Misc, $25.00; N Misc, $25.00; P Misc, $25.00; S Misc, $25.00; S Misc, $25.00; S Misc, $25.00; Sheri Jo Gibson, $25.00; Stanley Halseide, $25.00; T Misc, $25.00; T Misc, $25.00; South Dakota Retirement System, $184,139.49; Midwest Medical Insurance Co, $26,537.00; Owens & Minor, $22,000.79; Jill Kruse, $21,600.00; Business Card, $19,139.41; Aflac Group Insurance, $16,806.34; Precise Bioscience LLC, $12,600.00; Browns Medical Imaging LLC, $11,040.00; GIS Benefits, $10,285.63; High Point Networks LLC, $9,788.00; City of Brookings, $9,328.38; South Dakota Supplement Plan, $7,092.41; Xigent Solutions, $6,665.59; Alcon Vision LLC, $6,517.85; Dakota Truck Underwriters, $5,789.00; United Living Community, $5,660.88; Rove Staffing LLC, $5,546.00; Stryker Endoscopy, $5,334.52; Avera Health, $5,167.00; Diagnostica Stago Inc, $4,935.30; Andrew J Chontos, $4,542.20; Fidelity Security Life, $3,575.31; 9 Clouds Marketing Group LLC, $3,460.99; Patient-Insurance Refund, $3,370.14; Northwestern Energy, $3,327.21; United Technologies, $3,078.18; Medline Industries Inc, $2,887.93; Teleflex Funding LLC, $2,680.00; Bracco Diagnostics Inc, $2,640.18; Precision Lens, $2,567.00; Minuteman Press, $2,533.05; Fisher Healthcare, $2,431.25; Midwest Urologic Stone Unit Limited, $2,250.00; Network Services Company, $2,025.83; Cardinal Health, $1,909.55; McKesson Medical Surgical, $1,789.86; Medivators, $1,760.00; Medtronic Inc, $1,635.27; Baxter Healthcare Corp, $1,554.40; Brookings Health Systems, $1,456.62; Pinnacle Marketing Group, $1,390.80; Patient-Insurance Refund, $1,366.65; SDN Communications, $1,305.92; Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Inc, $1,144.52; Cummins Sales and Service, $1,107.82; Hy-Vee Accounts Receivable, $1,048.65; Millennium Surgical Corp, $851.00; Lowes Business Account, $791.32; Patient-Insurance Refund, $766.41; First Bank & Trust, $665.00; Core-Mark Midcontinent Inc, $621.59; Streck Inc, $614.18; Patient-Insurance Refund, $606.75; Foerster Office & Janitorial Supply, $598.80; Natural Inspirations, $593.55; Fastenal Company, $552.79; Patient-Insurance Refund, $548.35; Johnson & Johnson Health Care, $510.72; Brookings Register, $503.37; McKeever Inc, $495.05; Patient-Insurance Refund, $484.83; Steris Corporation, $473.64; Patient-Insurance Refund, $462.25; Department of Social Services, $435.70; Interstate Office Products Inc, $425.68; Stryker Sales Corporation, $403.52; Brookings Health Systems, $400.00; Chesterman Co, $397.30; Direct Supply, $387.91; Industrial Machine & Engineering, $385.00; Halo Branded Solutions Inc, $379.33; Patient-Insurance Refund, $376.77; S Misc, $360.00; Kelli's Gift Shop Suppliers, $324.54; Patient-Insurance Refund, $313.26; Kelly Evans, $300.00; Patient-Insurance Refund, $300.00; Accounts Management Inc, $295.20; Midwest Storage Solutions Inc, $255.00; Flowers On Main, $250.00; East Side Jersey Dairy Inc, $244.29; Brookings Area United Way, $242.78; Patient-Insurance Refund, $235.43; Kool Beans Coffee, $234.00; Rushmore Service Center LLC, $223.42; Sanford Training Center, $206.00; Collection Services Center, $201.69; Ryan Company Inc, $193.30; Ability Network Inc, $184.07; American Proficiency Institute, $183.47; Hubert Company, $179.19; Patient-Insurance Refund, $175.00; Culinex, $171.88; South Dakota Health Care Assoc, $169.50; Aflac Group Insurance, $153.96; Sherwin-Williams Co, $144.90; Patient-Insurance Refund, $135.11; Allen Medical Systems Inc, $133.00; D MISC, $125.00; T Misc, $125.00; Symmetry Surgical, $113.92; Pan O Gold Baking Co, $112.07; Patient-Insurance Refund, $109.37; B MISC, $107.89; Patient-Insurance Refund, $106.77; Messerli & Kramer PA, $96.50; Patient-Insurance Refund, $82.87; Cumberland Optics LLC, $73.75; Hendricks Farmers Lumber Co, $71.76; Courtesy Plumbing Inc, $58.50; Hopkins Medical Products, $56.95; Credit Collections Bureau, $50.95; Patient-Insurance Refund, $50.00; US Postal Service, $48.00; A Misc, $47.70; Nebraska Child Support Payment Ctr, $43.85; Aspex Eyewear Inc, $39.99; Sierra Wireless America Inc, $29.96; Fedex, $29.30; Patient-Insurance Refund, $25.00; Einspahr Auto Plaza Inc, $24.20; Patient-Insurance Refund, $23.57; Sara Schneider, $23.13; Patient-Insurance Refund, $17.00; Runnings Supply Inc, $10.99

 

Total: $2,829,352.05

 

Action: All present voted aye; motion carried. 

 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

Articles of interest included “Healthcare industry gearing up to try to find common ground with Biden”, Modern Healthcare; “Long-term care providers prepare to fend off lawsuits tied to COVID-19 pandemic”, Modern Healthcare; “Listening, Learning, and Leading”, MED Magazine; and, “Student Nurses, Pharmacists assist with COVID efforts”, State Magazine

 

Merkley commented on the article regarding Long-Term Care, stating there is a concerning downward trend for the long term care industry and it will take some time to recover from the nationwide scrutiny and numerous COVID-19 impacts to operations. The Neighborhoods at Brookview has been fortunate in this aspect. 

 

REPORTS

Executive Reports

CEO Report

Merkley commented on the two (2) recent unsolicited awards Brookings Health has been recognized for; Brookings Health named one of Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals and named one of the National Rural Health Association top 20 rural and community hospitals in the country. Brookings Health is the only facility in South Dakota to achieve the top 20 award this year. Merkley also noted March 30th is National Doctor’s Day, an annual observance aimed at appreciating the contribution of physicians who serve our community and surrounding area. To thank them for their service, each physician will receive a token of appreciation from Brookings Health System.

 

CFO Report

Wagner noted significant improvements have been made to reduce the number of Days not Final Billed (DNFB) in order to submit payer claims much quicker after a visit or inpatient discharge. The one (1) month average is now down to 7.6 days which aligns more closely with industry standards. 

Wagner also commented a new Medicare Advantage plan with Wellmark is being evaluated and considered for the 2022 Medicare open enrollment period. 

 

February New Hires

Merriam, Jill $28.00; Woitte, Gala $29.00; Kowitz, Robert $12.56; Clark, Fabian $12.75; Peterson, Kelsey $11.65; Ball, David $16.50; Lindsey, Barbara $10.00; Barton, Lindsey $11.45; Schultz, Justice $19.00; Kleinwort, Carissa $10.50; Slaba, Brookelyn $10.50; Huntington, Morgan $10.50; Westlund Elizabeth $11.00; Gerdes, Allison $13.75

 

CNO Report

Hillestad noted that requirements have not yet been met for the medical gas certification. Additional regulators and a pressure switch alarm are required to be installed to serve the Hyperbaric Room. Once Medical Gas Certification is received, the installation of the HBO chambers can begin. Everything should be in line for HBO therapy to begin late April. 

 

Board Committee Reports

Administrative Committee:

Committee member Morgan provided a report; the Administrative Committee met on March 23, 2021. An announcement was made regarding Brookings Health System being chosen for the fourth time as one of the highest ranked rural/community hospitals in the country. Other topics of discussion included Legislative Update and Medicaid Expansion, FY20 Audit, Physician Recruitment and COVID-19 Vaccination Update. 

 

Finance Committee:  

Committee Chair Peterson provided a report; the Finance Committee met prior to the Board meeting today, March 29th. The committee reviewed and approved the payables, adjustments, and financials for February.  Geoff Knobloch, CPA/Partner with Eide Bailly provided a detailed review of the FY20 audit report. February’s Finance Committee Meeting minutes will be included with the consent agenda in next month’s board packet for approval. 

 

 

 

Quality Committee:

Quality Committee Chair Ellsworth provided a report; the Quality Committee met on March 23, 2021. The NRHA top 20 rural and community hospital award was noted. Topics of discussion included Cardiac Rehab Performance Improvement Project, Q4 2020 Patient and Resident Safety, Q4 2020 Patient Experience and COVID-19 Vaccination Update. 

 

OLD BUSINESS

COVID-19/Vaccination Process

Merkley stated South Dakota continues to do well on vaccination efforts. Brookings Health will continue to assist with Point of Dispensing (POD) events being scheduled. The next POD is planned for Thursday, April 1 at the Swiftel Center to deploy 1,500 Moderna vaccine doses mainly for SDSU faculty and staff and some for Phase 1E individuals which includes fire service personnel and other critical infrastructure workers. The next first dose POD is planned for April 15th for Phase 1E. POD events are also being planned in between for individuals to receive their second dose. Sanford and Avera continue to provide vaccinations to their patients with doses being allocated from the supply Brookings Health receives from the State and all local pharmacies are offering vaccine opportunities through the Federal Pharmacy Program.  

 

NEW BUSINESS

Medical Staff Credentialing

A motion was made by Ellsworth, seconded by Peterson to approve the credentialing and re-credentialing as recommended by the Medical Executive Committee. 

 

Action:  All present voted aye; motion carried.  

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

A motion was made by Darnall, seconded by Morgan to enter into Executive Session at 6:46 p.m. pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2. (1), (4), discussing personnel and contract negotiations. Members present were Anderson, Darnall, Ellsworth Englund, Krogh, Meyer, Morgan, Peterson and Sell; motion carried.

 

While in Executive Session, the Board discussed the Administrative Committee study and review of Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans (“SERP”). The Board also discussed 2020 performance results and a process to finalize the 2020 bonus for Merkley.  

 

A motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Englund to exit Executive Session at 7:37 p.m.; motion carried. 

 

 

Upon motion by Morgan, second by Darnall the meeting adjourned at 7:36 p.m.    

 

Respectfully submitted, 

 

________________________________________

Sheila Anderson, Secretary   

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