By Rich Wicks | Times Vedette

During the March 28 meeting of the Guthrie County Hospital Board of Trustees, the trustees heard updates on the hospital’s strategic plan and quality improvement processes. CEO Chris Stipe urged the staff to be vigilant in addressing feedback and complaints so they can be promptly dealt with and so better processes can be put in place. He also stressed the need to document all such issues and how they were handled.

“We can learn from that and do a lot with the data,” said Stipe.

The trustees approved the fiscal year capital budget and operating budget. Stipe informed the board of some expected revenues.

“Medicaid Direct Payment, it’s supposed to come tomorrow,” Stipe said. “I hope the money comes… the additional funding from Medicaid is because we’ve been underpaid by Medicaid, and still are.”

Guthrie County Hospital Foundation Dennis Flanery shared information regarding the foundation.

 “Our next event that we have coming up is June 15. We’ll have a 5K color run,” said Flanery.

He added that walkers and runners are both welcomed at the fundraising 5K.

“We are doing scholarships for high school students in the four school districts in Guthrie County,” Flanery said. “Those are for students going into a healthcare related field.”

The board’s next regular meeting will be Thursday, April 25 at 4 p.m. The public is welcome at all Guthrie County Hospital board meetings, in person or remotely, other than occasional special closed meetings. To attend remotely: Phone 1-469-208-1512 code: 915921694# or attend via Microsoft Teams meeting ID: 270 117 496 60 and enter code: PUrhxW