Hos­pi­tal Au­thor­ity ap­proves new chair

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

An open­ing item on the Cedar­town-Polk County Hos­pi­tal Au­thor­ity’s agenda for their first meet­ing of 2019 was elect­ing a new chair as long­time head of the board Harold Wy­att has moved onto Emer­i­tus sta­tus.

The board elected Frank Shel­ley to take over Wy­att’s du­ties dur­ing their Fe­bru­ary ses­sion. Shel­ley, a board mem­ber also for Floyd Health­care Man­age­ment and Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Inc., is a re­tired busi­ness­man who has served for sev­eral years on the lo­cal gov­ern­ing board.

Con­grat­u­la­tions were in or­der from the board for Shel­ley, who will be­gin du­ties offi- cially in March. Wy­att, who has served as chair for the past sev­eral years, will move into a board emer­i­tus role for the Hos­pi­tal Au­thor­ity and PMC, Inc.

Shel­ley, a grad­u­ate of West Ge­or­gia Col­lege (now the Univer­sity of West Ge­or­gia) was pre­vi­ously the first vice pres­i­dent of In­vest­ment with Wells Fargo Ad­vi­sors. Ac­cord­ing to the pro­file on Floyd’s web­site, his pro­fes­sional ca­reer also in­cluded serv­ing as fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor and branch man­ager with A.G. Ed­wards and Sons, serv­ing with In­ter­state John­son Lane and Wa­chovia Se­cu­ri­ties.

Shel­ley also served on many other boards in the past.

He now takes over the chair of the Hos­pi­tal Au­thor­ity with a fa­cil­ity run­ning just about in line with how of­fi­cials ex­pected for the 2019 fis­cal year. More than mid­way through their bud­get cy­cle, Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter just over 1 per­cent above what was ex­pected as of the end of Jan­uary, hav­ing brought in more than $18 mil­lion in rev­enue af­ter de­duc­tions, and spent just 1 per­cent above the tar­get with $14.3 mil­lion in ex­penses.

That leaves a profit for the year thus far of around $4.6 mil­lion, or about a 24 per­cent profit margin through the first half of FY 2019.

Pa­tient num­bers re­main around what of­fi­cials ex­pected as well, ac­cord­ing to Vice Pres­i­dent of Cor­po­rate and Net­work Ser­vices Matt Gor­man. In­pa­tient ad­mis­sions al­ready to­taled

above the FY 2018 fig­ures by nearly 100 pa­tients for the year at 933 (845 for the year to­tal in FY 2018.) Emer­gency room pa­tients at the start of the year to­taled 2,333, slightly down from the pre­vi­ous year with a de­crease in the num­ber of flu cases show­ing up for treat­ment at the hos­pi­tal.

Where work con­tin­ues to in­crease fig­ures back to pre­vi­ous tar­gets is in sur­gi­cal cases. Gor­man said the hos­pi­tal con­tin­ues to search for sur­geons and physi­cians who want to come and uti­lize sur­gi­cal suites at the hos­pi­tal in to­tals that were up­ward of sev­eral dozen pro­ce­dures a month when the fa­cil­ity first opened.

He said the hopes are to find sur­geons who want to work out of the hos­pi­tal set­ting in the months to come and get those to­tals back up. For now, they stood at just nine cases and 13 pro­ce­dures at the start of the cal­en­dar year.

Of­fi­cials did have some good

news to share. Hos­pi­tal Ad­min­is­tra­tor and Chief Nurs­ing Of­fi­cer Ti­fani Ki­nard praised hos­pi­tal staff for their work to bring about a Level IV Trauma Cen­ter des­ig­na­tion from the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health.

The Level IV des­ig­na­tion means that Floyd Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter, a crit­i­cal ac­cess hos­pi­tal, can sta­bi­lize in­jured pa­tients, and if needed, to en­sure they can safely be trans­ferred to a higher level of care, Ki­nard said pre­vi­ously. As a crit­i­cal ac­cess hos­pi­tal, Floyd Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter of­fers es­sen­tial med­i­cal ser­vices to its sur­round­ing com­mu­nity such as 24/7 emer­gency ser­vices, fam­ily medicine, sub-acute re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, out­pa­tient surgery and car­diac imag­ing.

A team of sur­vey­ors vis­ited the hos­pi­tal and re­views its pro­cesses to de­ter­mine if it com­plies with guide­lines es­tab­lished by the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Sur­geons.

/ kevin Myrick

Cedar­town-Polk County Hos­pi­tal Au­thor­ity and PMC, Inc. board mem­bers gath­ered for their first meet­ing of the year on Feb. 26 af­ter a de­lay in the start of 2019 for the threat of win­ter weather in Jan­uary.

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