- The Board approved the minutes of the March Board meeting.
- The Board approved the applications for medical staff privileges.
- The Board approved a proposal brought by the CEO Search Committee to invite Steve Underdahl, one of the five finalists, to interview for the CEO position at Northfield Hospital and Clinics. Mr. Underdahl is currently Vice President of Operations for Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin. The Search Committee will schedule a day in early May for interviews with Mr. Underdahl by staff members, physicians, Board members, City officials, etc.
- The Board approved a proposal from the Public Relations Committee to distribute $68,600 among local community service organizations. Donations for Provision of Patient Care totaled $29,500; for Health Promotion $11,600; for Youth Enrichment $2500; for Community Partners $17,700; and for Clinic Communities $8,000. There was one abstention during the voting, with the Board member noting that he supported the funding for the Healthy Community Initiative and HealthFinders under the Provision of Patient Care category.
A. Jeff Eckhoff, Emily Monaghan, Christopher Sawyer and Linda Thornton made a presentation on behalf of the YMCA. They noted the alignment between the mission statements of the NH&C and the YMCA and the need for more wellness education and healthier lifestyles in the Northfield area. The Y has raised $4.4 million toward their Phase 1 building goal of $6.1 million, and asked the Hospital to partner with them and contribute $1.5 million now. The donation would allow the Y to start construction very soon so that the new building could be occupied in the fall of 2014. An additional pledge of another $1.5 million from the Hospital would allow the Y to simultaneously build out Phase 1 and Phase 2 of their project. Board members raised several questions regarding the need for the facility in the community; how the Y and the new facility would collaborate with existing businesses and organizations in the community; and how the funding campaign will be progressing. The Board asked the Budget and Finance Committee to study the request and to bring back a recommendation on the request at a future meeting.
B. Dr. Gerard O’Halloran delivered the Medical Staff Quality and Patient Safety Report. Dr. O’Halloran reported that there were projects dealing with a number of conditions in the hospital such as infection control MRSA, perinatal safety, stroke protocol, etc., but focused his report on sleep apnea. According to the report, 80% of sleep apnea is undiagnosed which presents a problem for patients undergoing surgery as there can be complications with anesthesia. The committee has identified a pre-surgery questionnaire to help identify patients at risk for sleep apnea. High risk patients can be referred to the Sleep Center at the Northfield Hospital for further testing. CEO Mary Crow noted that the Sleep Center has now been officially accredited.
- A Board retreat is scheduled for next week at St. Olaf College. The retreat will deal with strategic planning and legal counsel has advised that the meeting may be closed to the public.
- The Public Relations Committee met and their report on distribution of funds was approved by the Board. (See above.)
- The Governance and Finance Committee met and their report on a Board development plan and an evaluation form will be brought to the Board later.
- CFO Report: The Hospital and clinics were above budget for revenue and total income in March. Revenue and total income are also above budget for year-to-date. Surgeries, imaging, and the infusion center are performing strongly so far this year. It was suggested that many patients from the Twin Cities who previously went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for chemo treatments are switching to Northfield due to its proximity to the Cities. Spending on the capital budget is below projections, but will pick up as the year progresses.
- Clinic Medical Director Report: The clinics are working on improving communications within clinics and among the clinics and with the hospital personnel. One of the goals is to strengthen the identify of the physicians practicing at Northfield Hospital and Clinics.
- Chief Medical Officer Report: The Clinics and health care in general are spending an amazing amount of money on new technology, including electronic medical records (EMR). Thus far, it is not clear that there is a positive monetary payoff from EMR. The clinics are receiving a number of inquiries from physicians with an interest in practicing in the area.
- CEO Report: The hospital experienced a two-hour power outage during the week. The backup generators functioned as planned, and the vital functions at the hospital continued smoothly. The MN Dept. of Health spent most of the week on site reviewing the long-term care facility. The DOH interviewed staff and residents, reviewed care charts, and inspected the facilities. The DOH only found three small problems. The Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair is underway this week, and Board members were urged to stop by.