The Morgan Memorial Hospital Authority honored former authority chairman Terry Evans with the title of chairman emeritus on Thursday, July 26. Evans served on the authority for 12 years, 11 of which were as chairman.
Chairman John Moore stated to the authority and Evans: “Terry Evans willingly assumed the vacant leadership role when the hospital was without services of a CEO, which allowed the hospital to continue to function at all levels and remain a vital part of Morgan County. I don’t know if many people know how critical that was. Your (Evan’s) leadership skills have resulted in the entire authority completing the Hospital Trustee Certification Program.”
Moore continued, “You created a unified and dedicated authority with a common goal of providing quality healthcare. You built relationships and communicated regularly with board members and other leaders in the community, and you contributed generously of your many talents, time, and energy to countless numbers of authority projects, church activities, and in general making Morgan County a better place to live. Terry Evans utilized his human resources skills to guide the authority’s hiring process to employ a visionary but very practical CEO who made our hospital financially so much better than it ever was, … a quality healthcare center, and was truly a visionary in seeing where we will be at the end of this year with a replacement facility.”
Evans shared, “I’m thrilled, honored, and so appreciative … My goal since we started 13 years ago was to build a new hospital.”
Transition planning for the new hospital is moving forward with monthly meetings, and the actual patient move will act as a practice emergency drill. Staff is also working to create a cultural transformation, utilizing the Studer Group to survey and assess the hospital’s organizational culture and climate as well as ways to re-brand itself in the new location.
CEO Ralph Castillo stated that with the new equipment being purchased, Morgan Medical Center will have twenty-first century equipment that other hospitals in Georgia do not have.
With the gross patient revenue $217,334 under budget and operating expenses $625,748 over budget in June, that month saw a net income of $282,242. CFO Kyle Wilkinson noted that June is typically a tough month, but the hospital saw 561 emergency department visits for an average daily census of 18.6. He further showed data on the amount of uninsured charges versus total reimbursement from Fiscal Years 2011-2016 that are consistently around two million dollars of uninsured costs per year. Hospitals are required by law to provide emergency medical services to uninsured or indigent patients. As a result, the hospital budget anticipates and plans for these annual uninsured charges.
The authority also elected Paul Courchaine, Dan Zant, and Maynard (Butch) Thompson to the hospital board.