CPGH elects board members, new VP

Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2004

The Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. Board of Directors on Thursday elected three board members and a new vice president.

Rick Ross, who already is a board member, will take over the vice president position for the remaining one year of Steven Hoogland's term.

Hoogland was elected unanimously by the board to serve a new three-year term as director, filling Seat C; Dr. William Kelley was elected to another three-year term as director, representing Seat F; and Loren Karp Weimer was elected to a three-year term as director, for the board's Seat I.

Ross is a retired Kenai police chief and former Kenai city manager. He has served on a number of civic and professional organizations, including the Alaska and the international associations of chiefs of police, the Kenai Rotary Club, the Kenai Peninsula 911 Board and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. He also is a member of the Kenai City Council.

Hoogland, manager of safety and training for the Tesoro Refinery in North Kenai, has been chair of the Nikiski Fire Service Area Board and served as chair of the community's Emergency Planning Committee.

Kelley, an internist, is certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has served as chief resident at the University of California San Francisco. He also spent eight years in private practice and was part of the internal medicine staff at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Newly elected to the board, Karp Weimer is a researcher and specialist in the Division of Gastroenterology at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and travels there regularly from her home on the Kenai Peninsula. She is a member of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America National Committee, a member of the American Gastroenterology Association and a member of the American Medical Writers Association.

Thursday evening also marked the end of a 12-year period of voluntary service as a CPGH Inc. board member by Diana Zirul, a health information management consultant.

Board President Loretta Flanders, hospital Chief Executive Officer David Gilbreath and the medical chief of staff presented awards to Zirul, including a framed architect's drawing of the expanded hospital now being built along with a drawing of the original single-story hospital building.

In recognizing Zirul's contributions to CPGH, Chief of Staff Dr. Curt L. Buchholz quoted Sir Winston Churchill, saying:

"Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and the glory of the climb."

Buchholz also said, "The medical staff is keenly aware of the number of hours you so generously and graciously volunteered to place this organization on the path toward meeting the health care expectations of our community. Our sincere thanks for a job well done."

In other business, the board heard a report from William Coghill, an auditor with Mikunda, Cottrell and Co., who said the hospital will see an operating profit of $1.2 million for the year, up from last year.

"One comment (the auditors) had this year was on reconciling electronic fund accounts," Coghill said.

He explained that although money had been received by the hospital in payment of patients' accounts, remittance advice was not available for a few days so the money sat as "unposted cash."

"Since July, we now have a person matching those up," said Mike Haggerty, interim chief financial officer for CPGH.

Haggerty also reported a $431,000 loss for the month of October, mainly due to low inpatient census, but he said November estimates appeared somewhat improved.

"The average daily census is 20.4 for November," he said. The budgeted number was 19.

In his CEO report, Gil-breath told the board that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced CPGH as one of 14 hospitals selected to receive a demonstration project grant, which could be as high as $500,000 or $800,000.

"This will allow us to expand our diabetes education programs, increase our health and wellness efforts, provide more cardiac rehabilitation therapy and increase our support of SART-SANE," he said.

SART-SANE is an acronym for Sexual Assault Response Team-Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.

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