For Three Rivers, positive financial trends continue

Tammy Keele

Positive financial trends continue for hospital district

By Tammy Keele

The South Big Horn County Hospital District’s board of directors meeting normally scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of the month was held a week early due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The Nov. 18 Zoom meeting covered several topics including free turkeys, positive financials, surgical suite design changes, and an end to board member Jeff Petty’s term. 

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Susan Novak had yet another positive report while presenting October financials to hospital board members. “The swing bed is really generating a lot of gross revenue,” said Novack during her report. 

Novak also recognized over $20,000 in generated revenue from the new mammography equipment during the month of October.  Novak’s financial summary showed current ending balance at a positive $1,294,569 — a huge upswing compared to last year’s ending loss of approximately $218,000. 

Chief Executive Director Tad Greenfield discussed design changes for the planned surgical suite. Greenfield said that due to the COVID crisis he has been working with the architect to modify current design plans and implement a separate entrance for patients. “We want to make it so people feel safe when they come into our new space,” said Greenfield. The separate entrance would eliminate patients having to enter the hospital when checking in for outpatient services.  Costs for adding the separate entrance are not yet available

Greenfield went on to report the hospital had purchased turkeys for all staff and members of the board to thank them for their commitment and hard work.  

Finally, in a response to a question on the current status of overflow from Billings hospitals Greenfield said things have remained the same and overflow volume is an ebb and flow. 

Hospital Trustee Connie Werbelow and the CEO took a moment to thank board member Jeff Petty for his service. Petty’s term is ending this year.

Human Services Director Tamara Sawyer reported the opening of an additional housekeeping position in an effort to continue to ensure the facility remains “safe and sanitized.”  Sawyer also discussed openings in the hospital and nursing home for registered nursing staff.  

Neither CNO Linda Walker nor Director of Plant Operations Mark Schlattmann were present for the November meeting. The regular meeting was adjourned prior to an executive session. 

The December meeting has been canceled due to the holidays with regularly scheduled meetings to reconvene after the new year.