A disagreement and many questions table agenda items to a Board of Hospital Trustees Meeting this week.

Needles, CA- Disagreement over wording of 3 agenda items during Board of Hospital Trustees Meeting- Picture- Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Needles, CA: A special meeting of the Board of Hospital Trustees will be heard on….

**** The special meeting of the Board of Hospital Trustees is still being planned and will be posted as soon as ZachNews receives a time and date from Clerk of the Board at the City of Needles Cheryl Sallis. Stay tuned to ZachNews for a news update to this news story. ****

….to hear 2 agenda items that were tabled during the Board of Hospital Trustees Meeting held on Thursday, December 6th, 2012 in Needles, California regarding Tri-State Community Healthcare Center and Colorado River Medical Center.

The agreement in Agenda Item #7(C) with Tri-State Community Healthcare Center would approve of a credentialing delegation agreement between Colorado River Medical Center and Tri-State Community Healthcare Center. Tri-State Community Healthcare Center will be recruiting new doctors for their new clinic and this agenda will help apply for staff privileges and credentialing to be on the staff at Colorado River Medical Center.

Some members on the Board of Hospital Trustees questioned if the agenda item and wonder if the agenda item should have been placed on the agenda for a vote.

Members on the Board of Hospital Trustees would later passed the agenda item with 4 voting in favor and 2 voting opposing of the agenda item.

But the big disagreement and confusion came on Agenda Item #7(D) which would approve a Radiology Service Agreement between Colorado River Medical Center and Tri-State Community Healthcare Center and Agenda Item #7(E) which would approve a Reference Laboratory Services Agreement between Colorado River Medical Center and Tri-State Community Healthcare Center.

The agenda items would refer patients of Tri-State Community Healthcare Center to Colorado River Medical Center for services like Radiology or needing to have a Computed Tomography (CT) Scan.

According to Interim Chief Executive Officer of Colorado River Medical Center Jon Freeberg, if a patient of Tri-State Community Healthcare Center is being seen by their primary care doctor needs some pictures taken can be referred to Colorado River Medical Center which then be transferred back to the patient’s primary care doctor at Tri-State Community Healthcare Center, and that if a patient of Tri-State Community Healthcare Center has no insurance, Tri-State Community Healthcare Center as promise will pay back Colorado River Medical Center at Medical rate; all referral will be paid for.

But Community Healthcare Partner Inc questioned the need to have an agreement for Colorado River Medical Center to Tri-State Community Healthcare Center the contract needs to be restructured.

According to Steve Lopez of Community Healthcare Partner Inc, we are all willing to work with Tri-State Community Healthcare Center and have already met with the Chief Executive Officer of Tri-State Community Healthcare Center, and we would like to see Tri-State Community Healthcare Center get more new positions as Colorado River Medical Center would like, but Colorado River Medical Center would work with Tri-State Community Healthcare Center with good contracts in place.

The agenda item would lead to a back and forth disagreement over the words, “Contract” and “Transfer Agreement” with both sides warning members on the Board of Hospital Trustees what could happen if the Contract/Transfer Agreement gets approve or not approve.

“If you go ahead and approve these, we’ll terminate them,” said Steve Lopez of Community Healthcare Partner Inc. adding that he wants to see in the agreement that the contract terminates a pond sale to Community Healthcare Partner Inc.

Afterward, Board of Hospital Trustees President Terri Anderson told Steve Lopez of Community Healthcare Partner Inc. and members of the Board of Hospital Trustees that she didn’t feel that the Board of Hospital Trustees should be approving these contracts because of the hospital (Colorado River Medical Center) is in escrow and that Community Healthcare Partner Inc. are going to be the new owners.

“These are transfer agreements required by law,” said Interim Chief Executive Officer of Colorado River Medical Center Jon Freeberg adding, “If I go back to Tri-State and say that the Board approved the this but the hospital may be sold in a month and we want you to put $100,000.00 into developing a clinic which will be taken away because the hospital is decided now is not going to honor a transfer agreement, their gonna pack up and pull down their sign.”

“Essentially, this is a transfer agreement; what their insurance is, is what they’ll pay; if they’re Medical, they’re Medical; if they’re Medicare, they’re Medicare; if they’re commercial payments, they’re commercial payments. What their paying for is what we don’t get paid for now!” said Interim Chief Executive Officer of Colorado River Medical Center Jon Freeberg.

With more questions than answers, members on the Board of Hospital Trustees voted to table the agenda item to be heard at a special meeting of the Board of Hospital Trustees.
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You can watch the video regarding this news story at the following ZachNews Channel on Veoh website:

http://www.veoh.com/watch/v411901102yDCb6zQ
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For more information regarding the Board of Hospital Trustees Meeting, please contact the Clerk of the Board at the City of Needles Cheryl Sallis at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext 315.

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