first_img Facebook Pinterest By admin – May 2, 2018 Roy Perkins, left, of God’s Way engages in a video conference with Richard Llanez using an app called Zoom on Wednesday in his home. Perkins uses Zoom to connect with an audience and speaks about the Holy Bible. The Ector County Hospital District board of directors had the opportunity to ask questions and air concerns with local representative this week.Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa, told the board the Texas Legislature will reconvene in January 2019 and when he heads back to the capital he wants to be prepared to represent interests their interests as a board and as a hospital district.Several of the issues Landgraf and the board touched on included property tax reforms, Medicaid reimbursement rates, the 1115 Waiver, cost of prescription drugs, the opioid epidemic and trauma-related funding.Landgraf said he plans to continue to push for support for a Medicaid block grant program and the renewal of the 1115 Waiver, as he knows Medical Center Health System makes good use of it and has had a lot of success with it. He also said Health and Human Services is taking a look at what other states are doing in terms of cutting costs for prescription medications, including purchasing the medicines from other countries.As far as the opioid epidemic goes, Landgraf said there is a special committee assigned to address the issues as it reaches Texas and will present recommendations during the next session.President and CEO of MCHS Rick Napper said trauma funding is under attack and with MCHS taking most of the trauma patients in the area, paired with being in a location where there’s a high level of trauma due to the industry in the area, the hospital could be looking at a potential $8.5 million hit with funding cuts.“ … I think we could probably make a pretty good argument that Medical Center Health System would be disproportionally impacted more than any other hospital in the state, at least on a per capita basis, by those cuts,” Landgraf said, adding that the issue would be high up on his list.FAIR MARKET VALUEWith the estimated market rent expected to increase two to three percent, the ECHD board also took a look Tuesday at Fair Market Rent values on some of the properties they lease out.“This is something we do periodically and it’s an assessment of the value of all of our lease properties, particularly properties that we lease to physicians,” Matt Collins, vice president of support services at Medical Center Health System, told the board Tuesday. “We do this in order to remain compliant with our rental values and also to keep things more equitable on the campus.”Appraisals were done on 18 properties — 14 medical office buildings and four retail facilities — located in Odessa and owned by the district.“The reason that it’s important is every renewal or new lease that the hospital district engages in with a physician, this will be the basis of the pricing of that lease,” Collins said.Napper said the assessment is not something that has traditionally gone to the board to be approved and felt it was important for the entire board to know what the Fair Market Value was to help legitimize the pricing.“So when you do the leases and rentals with the physicians, probably the most important thing for the board to be comfortable with is that there is a third party independent group that can say to you, as a board, what you are renting that property for is fair market,” Napper said.The CEO also mentioned several years ago in the healthcare industry there were boards renting properties to physicians to attract them to work at their facility and the prices were way below Fair Market Value.District 3 Board Member Richard Herrera said he’d seen similar information before and Board President Mary Thompson said they have talked about Fair Market Value in the past, but they’ve never done anything like what was presented Tuesday.“You get it in each physician contract, you get some information on it, but not as a whole and that’s what I felt was important, that you see it as a whole because this will be what determines those rental lease values for the next three years,” Napper said.The appraisal assessment, which was approved unanimously, was done by Advanced Valuation System. Collins said the company was selected based on price, their experience in West Texas and the quality of their proposal.TEXAS HEALTHCARE LINENThe board also approved an item that would allow them to pledge assets to replace a loan guarantee. MCHS Chief Financial Officer Robert Abernethy told the board Tuesday in 2010 the hospital district partnered with Midland Memorial Hospital and Hendrick Health System in Abilene to start Texas Healthcare Linen to provide linen services for all three hospitals. Being part of that, both Hendrick and ECHD put up a guarantee for the loan. Hendrick put up one-third and ECHD put up one-third, he said.“I will tell you that laundry has done very well — expanded. We have a number of clients including now Covenant Hospital of Lubbock, Odessa Regional, a number of smaller hospitals in the area so we’re actually seeing return on investment with that,” Abernethy said.Because of the success of the program, First Financial in Abilene came up with two options to move forward.Abernethy said option one would be to basically lower the guarantee and then phase it out. Option two, which he recommended and the board unanimously approved, was for a total of $3 million cash or a liquid asset pledge ($2 million from Hendrick and $1 million from ECHD). The pledge of assets would expire Sept. 19, 2019, and there would be no more pledging or guarantee of the loan.Texas Healthcare Linen would basically be a standalone facility and ECHD would be one-third owners along with Hendrick and Midland Memorial, Abernethy said.District 4 Board Member David Dunn asked if Midland Memorial Hospital would be shelling any money out, but Abernethy said they determined they could legally not do that as a district. Abernethy said ECHD can because they created what is called West Texas Healthcare Services, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ECHD.IN OTHER BUSINESSThe board took the following action:Unanimously approved three updated agreements for the Family Health Clinic in preparation for a site visit later this month.Heard an 1115 Waiver report update.Tabled a quarterly marketing report.Rejected an interlocal agreement/request to sell property due to lack of information presented and approved a motion to discuss the item again during the next regular meeting. Facebook Local NewsGovernment Previous articleFive things you need to know today, May 2Next articleHIGH SCHOOL: BASEBALL, SOFTBALL PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD FOR MAY 2 admin Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter ECHD, Landgraf talk upcoming legislative year WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgBLOG: Thank You PA National Guard, For Keeping Us Safe During The Storm January 25, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img By: Governor Tom Wolf Blizzard 2016,  The Blog,  Weather Safety One motto of the Pennsylvania National Guard is “Always Ready, Always There.” This weekend was no exception for the 326 Soldiers and Airmen who were called to state active duty in support of Winter Storm Jonas. As a result, several hundred people were rescued from the elements, sheltered, fed, and provided emergency medical care. These heroic men and women are what we call “citizen soldiers,” and protecting our citizens here in Pennsylvania is their number one duty. For that, we are extremely grateful.PNG #Blizzard2016Of the 326 troops activated over the weekend, 87 deployed to assist hundreds of stranded motorists on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. This emergency occurred after several tractor trailers were unable to climb through the mountains toward the Allegheny tunnels between Bedford and Somerset, causing a backlog of vehicles. Due to that backlog, emergency crews could not get heavy-duty tow trucks to the scene to clear the trucks – leaving over 500 vehicles with nowhere to go. As the Turnpike worked with other state agencies to clear the backlog, the National Guard deployed with shovels, food, water, and chains to assist with driver checks and stuck cars.When buses arrived later in the day, the soldiers began helping people out of their vehicles to get them to warming shelters in Bedford. Over the course of this emergency situation, our troops delivered 4,000 meals to those in need.Statewide, a total of 19 PA National Guard missions were performed during the 72 hour operation. Duties included:Assisting stranded motorists with food and waterTransportation of medical personnel to patients in need of emergency servicesTransportation of Pennsylvania State Police and other law enforcement officers to their assigned duty locations and emergency callsMoving doctors, nurses and other essential medical personnel to and from public hospitalsDriving emergency operations center staffs to and from EOCsThe response to this historic winter storm by our men and women in uniform is just another example of why we are so proud of our Pennsylvania National Guard, and their commitment to our commonwealth.  Thank you for your hard work and selfless service.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected] Commentscenter_img Uhunoma Osazuwa almost didn’t get to compete in the NCAA Indoor National Championships. She just barely missed the top 17 and was notified two days later of her qualification after another competitor dropped out.Good thing she made it.Despite being on the bubble before the race, Osazuwa’s showing at the March 14 meet earned her the distinction as the first Syracuse indoor track and field All-American since 2002 and the school’s first-ever All-American pentathlete. To accomplish the feat, she had to move up 12 spots from 18th to 6th.‘It was definitely a shocker and that much more exciting to go that far,’ assistant coach Enoch Borozinski said. ‘She was definitely the talk of all the other coaches with how much she improved.’Now a few weeks removed from that sixth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor National Championships that secured her All-American status, Osazuwa will lead the team into this weekend’s Texas Relays, which will be held in Austin, Texas, from Wednesday to Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor two days following the Big East championships on Feb. 21, Osazuwa assumed she would miss out on the opportunity to compete at Nationals. Following an uncharacteristically poor finish at the long jump in the Big East championships — the event that originally dropped her to 18th place — she placed just shy of qualifying. But once she qualified, she showed her true worth.‘It was a relief,’ Osazuwa said. ‘It felt good to go out and compete because I knew I deserved to go out and compete and be there.’ Borozinski was not surprised. In the four years he has coached her, he’s seen the growth. He’s recognized her talent. ‘I knew there was at least a chance she could get it,’ Borozinski said.In Texas, Osazuwa will compete in the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump, looking to top her previous performance at Nationals — the same performance that not only gave her All-American status, but cemented her place as SU’s first track and field All-American pentathlete. This is SU’s first time competing in the Texas Relays during Borozinski’s seven-year stint as assistant coach. The meet marks the second outdoor meet of the season.‘I’d like to see a continuation of what we were seeing indoors,’ Borozinski said. ‘I’d like her to go out and get a solid performance to boost her confidence before she goes to the Sea Ray relays.’In addition to Osazuwa, Bernard Bush will be one of eight others competing in Texas. Bush will also be competing in the long jump.Despite coming off an injury, Bush has the chance to gain a top qualifying time for the long jump in Texas. ‘I’m trying to jump back into things, literally,’ Bush said. ‘I’m trying to make this meet a good starting point for the outdoor season. For my last season I definitely want to end on a high point.’Osazuwa also has a chance to become an outdoor All-American in addition to being an indoor All-American. Osazuwa, Bush and seven others will head to Texas looking to make their mark in unknown territory.‘It’s really the first meet in such a high-level competition,’ Borozinski said. ‘Everyone’s hoping to get out of there with solid performances to see how they stack up against high competition.’[email protected]last_img read more