FFH board gives nod to unchanged millage rates

A resolution levying tax millages for the 2011 fiscal year was approved by the Hospital Service District 1 Board of Commissioners Thursday.

Meeting in monthly session at Franklin Foundation Hospital, the board unanimously approved the resolution that allows the district to continue to collect 13.37 mills in property taxes for operation and maintenance.

“The millages have not changed, they were not rolled forward, they are exactly the same as last year,” said board chairman Allan Von Werder.

In other business the board:

—Heard from Chief Executive Officer Parker Templeton that the hospital has been recognized by its patient satisfaction survey vendor as being in the top 88th percentile as most improved in loyalty and endorsement on inpatient satisfaction. Also, he said, the physicians’ satisfaction score was in the 99th percentile in 2010.

—Heard from Chief Financial Officer Ron Bailey that net income in the month of May came in at a loss of $35,332 as compared to a $59,140 projected profit. The year-to-date profit is at $546,884 as compared to a $369,904 budget projection. Factors contributing to the loss included two instances of reimbursement denials by Medicaid, $73,000, and Medicare, $63,000. Bailey said the denials are in the appeals process.

—Approved the following credentials as submitted by Chief of Staff Dr. Steven McPherson: reappointment of Dr. Carl T. Stirling as active staff in surgery; a shift from active to courtesy staff of Dr. Keidra Welch-Spencer in family practice; consulting staff of Drs. Jamie Boudreaux and Stephan Klaus Stamato in radiology, and Drs. Prashant Gupta and Joseph Grant Lashley in emergency medicine; and CRNA George Crowdus as an advance practice professional. Initial appointments included Drs. Emma Kruger and April Mendoza as consulting staff in emergency medicine and Dr. Bernadette McLaren as consulting staff in pathology.

—Renewed the physician professional services employment agreement with Dr. Donna Tesi as submitted and recommended by the finance committee. Discussion of the contract was taken up in executive session.

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