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Hospital Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 19, 2005



July 19, 2005

Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main Street


Council Chair Kate Jackson called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.


Roll Call: Councilors Hartzell, Amarotico, Silbiger, Hardesty and Chapman were present.


Ashland Community Hospital Board Chair David Bernard introduced past Board Chair Paul Nicholson and Hospital Administrator Mark Marchetti.


Mr. Bernard explained that the Hospital Board is focusing on updating the strategic plan and stated that it was important to have strong plan given the complexity of the health care industry.  He also noted the importance of utilizing the new surgery center which will be open next year.  Mr. Bernard announced that the new surgery new wing will be named after former Administrator Jim Watson


Hospital Administrator Mark Marchetti gave report on the status of hospital and noted the past years continued challenge for health care industry.  He noted the downward pressures on revenue, the high cost of doing business and that although Ashland Community Hospital is strong; it is not immune to these issues.  He explained that with advances in technology there is significant costs associated with these advancements.


Mr. Marchetti reported that for 2004-05 their revenues were flat and although their costs increased, they had an overall break-even year.  He noted the patient care numbers over the past year and the number of new physicians that had joined the staff.


Mr. Marchetti  explained that they had completed a physician community need study, begun the surgery expansion, initiated a facility process plan, developed a hospice program for in-patient care, completed surveys with positive results, developed a charity care policy, approved acquisition in imaging and awarded grants to various programs.  He also noted that they had recognized 51 employees for many years of service to the hospital.


Mr. Marchetti stated that in the upcoming year, they were working on a long range strategic plan and would be looking for better cost control.  The goal is to build a strong leadership, facilitate changes in support of growth, address parking issues, and work with the Hospital Foundation.

The mission of Ashland Community Hospital is to provide high level care in our community.


Meeting adjourned  7:16 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Christensen

City Recorder







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