Supervisors discuss manager’s agreement with PCH

ABERDEEN – The board of supervisors directed county administrator Mike King and hospital board member Kelly Tucker Monday to communicate with Pioneer Community Hospital in regards to needed repairs at its personal place and assisted living facilities as part of business during its first meeting of the new year.
PCH recently submitted $30,000 worth of requests to the board, which include an awning, doors and flooring.
“I sympathize with them and we can’t let our asset go in the ground. In my board’s opinion and in Mike’s opinion, we need to do something,” Tucker said.
The supervisors and PCH have a manager’s agreement in regards the personal place and assisted living units, while the county charges a $7,500 per month rental fee to Pioneer Health Services for the hospital.
Another aspect of the agreement between the county and the hospital is to maintain a $15,000 reserve account.
“My understanding is if the hospital can’t pay their electricity bills, we can pay it from these funds, for instance, and they repay the amount $3,000 per month until it’s repaid. [County attorney] John [Creekmore] and I figured out they could use the reserve account for these repairs. Our hospital board voted unanimously and we presented the plan two months ago, but never heard a response,” Tucker said.
The reserve account currently has $28,000, which is a separate account from the county’s budget.
Two rooms in personal place, which have been out of commission due to water damage, along with new carpet through personal place and flooring in assisted living topped the supervisors’ list of needed repairs.
The board also voiced concern because of five rooms in personal place being used for hospital personnel who are on call, which isn’t part of the contract between the county and the hospital. The board stated the rooms could better be used to create more of a revenue stream.
In the 12 months ending Sept. 30, 2012, the total revenue from personal place, assisted living, rentals and Medicaid from the facilities totaled $508,096.16, with total operating expenses totaling $504,922.
In other business, the supervisors approved a comprehensive disaster plan for the county prepared by Monroe County 911 and EMA director Bunky Goza. The board also appointed John Creekmore to continue services of county attorney for another year. Distrct 2 supervisor Billy Kirkpatrick was selected to serve as board president for the next year while District 5 supervisor Robert Tomey was selected as vice president.

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