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Hospital/Council Annual Meeting

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

These Minutes are preliminary pending approval by Council
at the August 7, 2007 City Council Meeting.

July 17, 2007
Civic Center Council Chambers
1175 E. Main Street

Mayor Morrison called the Annual General meeting for the Hospital Board and City Council to order at 6:45 p.m.

Ashland Community Hospital Board Chair Dave Bernard introduced himself and Executive Officer Mark Marchetti.

Mr. Marchetti reported on the number of patients and care that the hospital has provided in the past year. He noted the operating revenue and expenses and stated that these resulted in a break-even operation for the year.

Mr. Marchetti stated that their financial results were below projections for the year due to pressure on wage and benefit costs, staff shortages, increase in the volume of Medicare patients and its impact on reimbursement and revenues. He also noted that there was $1 million more in interest and depreciation expense as a result of their new Diagnostic and Surgery Center which opened in 2006.

Mr. Marchetti noted the accomplishments over the past year which included a development of a formal Medical Staff Development Plan, success in recruiting new physicians to the community, a hospital-owned Center for Internal Medicine and Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine.

He stated that the hospital has experienced significant growth in Home Health, Hospice, and Palliative Care Services over the past year.

In addition, the hospital has continued its commitment to the acquisition of technology needed to best meet the needs of our patients and physicians. He listed items that the hospital has invested in over the past year.

Mr. Marchetti announced that the hospital had successfully surveyed by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, COLA and the Oregon Department of Health related to Home Health and Hospice Services and Trauma Certification status.

He stated that they have made progress in refining the hospital's budget process and in establishing financial, operational and quality benchmarks to evaluate performance. He noted that a physician satisfaction survey was conducted with positive results.

Mr. Marchetti noted that the hospital is now affiliated Planetree which is a non-profit organization that promotes a patient-centered model of care to support and nurture the patient and their family on all levels. He stated that the decision to affiliate with Planetree was based on discussions during the strategic planning process related to the hospital's philosophy of care.

As a tax-exempt and mission driven organization, the hospital takes it community benefit obligation seriously and has continued support to student health services in the schools, provided financial support to the Rogue Valley Community College and OHSU/SOU nursing programs, the Community Health Center and La Clinica del Valle, provided educational community lectures, provided donations and sponsorships to numerous community organizations and most significantly has provided approximately $6.3 million in uncompensated care.

It was noted that 2007 marks the 100th anniversary of the hospital.

Mr. Marchetti listed the following as items to be worked on in the fiscal year 2007-08:

Continue to work toward greater operating efficiencies and cost control
Continue to recruit physicians in accordance with the hospital's Medical Staff Development Plan with emphasis on internal medicine, surgery, gynecology and urology.
Develop a long-range building plan including a phased plan for potential replacement of those portions of the facility built in the 1960's and 70's
Continue to explore new programs and services that meet the need of our community and support the success of the hospital
Conduct a formal employee opinion survey
Support the continued implementation of the Planetree philosophy

Councilors voiced their appreciation of Ashland Community Hospital.

Meeting was adjourned at 6:59 p.m.

Barbara Christensen, City Recorder
John W. Morrison, Mayor

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