The Cook-Orr HealthCare District Board, at their regular meeting
last Tuesday at 6 p.m., heard good and bad news.
The good news is the hospital showed a net profit of $156,933 for October. The bad news is the hospital showed revenue of 62 percent under the budgeted amount of $179,164. The revenue was $94,859 under budget. Outpatient revenue was 11.1 percent over budget. For the month, the hospital had a profit thanks to $100,000 of incentive dollars from "Meaningful Use" which is a certain status when attaining certain criteria of use of an electronic health record and getting account converted from a bad debt to medical assistance. Revenue for October was 62 percent under budget due to low volume. Non-operating revenue and levy month came to $131,528.
The hospital has shown gross revenue for 2010 of $12,425,557, 2011 of $13,398,268, 2012 of $14,791,025, 2013 annualized of $ 15,375,633 and 2014 budgeted of $15,602,520. The budget for 2014 shows a profit of $210,945 after non-operating income of $1,161,384 is added in. The nursing home is budgeted to have a profit of $10,728.
The board engaged the architectural firm of DSGW to assist with a Nursing Home feasibility study next year. Input from the community will be asked for, too.
CEO Al Vogt was authorized to sign for smaller grants.
The board had a lengthy discussion of the 2014 budget. The methodology that Blue Cross is converting to in payments is resulting in a lower payment to the Cook Hospital for their clients. Blue Cross is the largest commercial payer of clients for the hospital. This impacts the Cook Hospital significantly, resulting in lower reimbursements. Health insurance could go up and this will affect the contracts for the bargaining units and non-contract employees.
Board member Mike Enzmann and Assistant Administrator Teresa Debevec reviewed the activity of Nursing Home Feasibility and recommended an independent study.
Nichole Chiabotti, director of nurses for the hospital, discussed the conversion to a "plain language" overhead paging system to be consistent with all hospitals in Minnesota.
The lengthy meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.
Cook's Community Christmas is being held Friday, Dec. 6, this
year, with the Cook Lions Club, Cook Chamber of Commerce, Northwoods
Friends of the Arts, and Comet Theater hosting it. They also
have special donations from Zup's Food Market, the LaCroix Ranger
Station, and McDonald's
The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting of the Virgie Hegg Hospice Partners Lights of Love tree by the Gazebo. There will be a reception with cookies and apple cider in the Cook Public Library.
Santa will come to the Comet Theater at 6 p.m. where there will be music and a sing-a-long with Carol Booth and Jim Ganahl during the visit by that little pudgy man in the red suit who will arrive on the Cook fire engine.
At 7 p.m. the youngsters will be treated to a free movie. The movie is "Polar Express" and it is free to all.
Youngsters can make sure Santa knows what they want for Christmas and then they will receive treats.
The annual Orr Snow City Festival, sponsored by the Orr Area
Chamber of Commerce, will be held this Saturday and the word is
out that Santa will be stopping by.
Start the day with a pancake breakfast, all you can eat, at the Orr American Legion. Following that there will be a Crafters Fair in the American Legion - a good place to get some Christmas shopping done.
The big event comes at 1 p.m. when the annual parade down Highway 53 takes place. Get there early so you can find a good parking place. This parade is like no other
After the parade, head up to the Leiding Township Hall across from the school. Guess who will be there? Yes, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to hear any last minute wishes from the youngsters.
Also after the parade, come and enjoy live music by the Pederson Bros., and Judy's "Hot Buttered Rum" at the Orr Muni.
At 5:30 p.m. the lighting of the Lights of Love tree will take place at the Tourist Information Center.
Christmas season is here, get the spirit. Merry Christmas to all.
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