Consultants’ Studies Find Potential For The Conversion Of Knox Co. Nursing Home RCF

Consultants’ Studies Find Potential For The Conversion Of Knox Co. Nursing Home RCF 

The Board of Directors for the Knox County Nursing Home District conducted their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010. This meeting had been legally posted per the Missouri Sunshine Law and was conducted in the nursing home cafeteria. Current Board Members are; Jim Pinson, Judy Pearce, Judith Klocke, Jeanne Mayfield, Kay Sykes and Jeff Smith. All Board members were present as was the nursing home district’s administrator, Tim Schrage.  No members of the general public were present.
 The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:04 p.m. There was a quorum. The Board considered minor amendments to the posted agenda and did accept those changes. Minutes from the prior meeting were reviewed and passed without change. The administrator gave a treasurer’s report for the nursing home and the Residential Care Facility (RCF). There were improvements in the December financial reports showing a profit in the nursing home. However, the RCF did sustain another loss due to low occupancy.
After a full and complete discussion of the financial reports and analysis thereof, the administrator’s reporter was unanimously accepted.
Under Old Business, the administrator led discussion as to the filling of the Director of Nursing position. The Board laid out parameters for salary and fringe benefits and will be involved in the final selection of the new Director of Nurses.
Much analysis and discussion was had over the recent market study that had been done by an independent firm out of the Kansas City area, Buckley and Associates. The consultants felt there was indeed potential for converting the Residential Care Facility into an Assisted Living Facility and that the need for this service would increase in the coming years. The consultants also stated the nursing home needs to be updated in order to stay competitive in the future. A public meeting will be planned where these consultants will give a full presentation to the general public. The Board welcomes the public and their input as they face significant decisions for the district.
Under new business, it was announced that no persons has filed for the two openings on the Board of Directors for the Knox County Nursing Home. Consequently, the Board of Directors will need to appoint two persons in that capacity. It is the Boards desire to find persons residing in the respective subdivision of the county when filling those spots.
The administrator gave many reports. He presented the current status of plans for the closing of the RCF. He announced the annual financial audit has been completed and that auditors will be present at the February meeting to go over their report. That meeting is set for Tuesday, February 16th, 2010.
It was reported that the cost for workman’s compensation had decreased by nearly $8000. 
The administrator explained in depth the Medicare Skilled Nursing Home program in relation to the new therapy company and the impact that change has made.
Details of the Medicare cost reporting were explained, as was the potential for selling unneeded nursing home licensed beds, no action was necessary at this time.
It was reported that the sprinkler system was inspected and found to be in related tools for quality improvement measures.
Recent proposals for a web site were considered but tabled. There being no public comment or need for executive session, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:45 p.m.
  

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