CPGH elects replacement board members

Posted: Monday, December 12, 2005

Two new members of the Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. Board of Directors were elected Thursday evening, and officers were nominated for the coming year.

Julie Derry and Sue Carter were elected to the board replacing Shirley Gifford and Rick Ross, who chose not to run for re-election.

The formal election of officers will take place at the board’s next meeting, Jan. 26, according to CPGH Chief Executive Officer David Gilbreath.

Board President Loretta Flanders was nominated to continue in her role; Tom Boedeker, who has been serving as secretary-treasurer, has been nominated for vice president; and John Hoyt has been nominated for secretary-treasurer.

In other business at the board’s annual meeting on Thursday, Gilbreath said the latest estimate on Phase 3 of the hospital expansion puts the cost at $7.5 million.

Phase 3 of the project involves remodeling the existing hospital, moving the cafeteria from the basement to the ground floor, adding outpatient treatment rooms and moving administrative offices and physical medicine back from temporary off-site quarters.

The move of the Oncology Department to space formerly occupied by administration — also part of Phase 3 — already has been complete.

Gilbreath said one thing driving the cost of the work is the decision to keep the Emergency Department open while construction is in progress.

“We’re looking into seeing if we can move E.D. to the old ward (during construction). We might be able to save about $1 million,” he said.

The board also heard from Mikunda, Cottrell and Co. independent auditor Bill Coghill, who recently completed an annual audit of the hospital’s financial statements.

“You will see assets of cash are up almost $1 million. Also patient receivables are up slightly,” Coghill said, referring to a printed financial report.

“It seems it’s been a very healthy year. A lot is going on with a new (Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine), the new plant,” he said.

The report shows the hospital’s total assets for 2005 at $107,234,193, compared with $103,174,055 for 2004. The hospital’s fiscal year runs through June 30.

Coghill also drew attention to CPGH’s total operating revenues of $48,651,125, which were up more than $4 million from the previous year.

The board approved the purchase of a second X-ray machine, part of a planned installation of two radiographic rooms approved by the Kenai Peninsula Borough in 2003 but put on hold due to budgetary constraints.

Gilbreath said the new machine allows a patient to be X-rayed from head to toe without repositioning.

Additionally, the board authorized replacing carpet in the hospital’s high traffic entrances.

The $42,000 replacement “upgrades some 8-year-old carpet that is just worn out,” Gilbreath said.

He also explained that the new carpet would be installed in such a way that it can be protected or easily moved so it is not impacted by Phase 3 construction in the existing hospital building.

Gilbreath also reported the CPGH United Way fund drive raised $36,000 and said the hospital health fair is being planned for Jan. 28.

He said despite the Village Health Fair not being held this year because of the Arctic Winter Games, the hospital fair will be conducted as planned.

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