Hospital administration has proposed moving the HGH EMS ambulance barn to a location with easier access to highways and not near the hospital to be determined, with new oncology and other office space proposed to fill the building space if EMS is relocated.
Hospital administration has proposed moving the HGH EMS ambulance barn to a location with easier access to highways and not near the hospital to be determined, with new oncology and other office space proposed to fill the building space if EMS is relocated.
Hospital board trustees postponed discussion and action meeting items regarding a new Emergency Medical Services facility at Humboldt General Hospital in favor of the quality improvement efforts currently underway. 

During the discussion for the approval of the tentative fiscal year 2021-2022 budget and submission of the final budget, board members expressed concern with the approximate $750,000 included as a capital improvement to relocate the current EMS facility to another location.

Hospital Trustee Michelle Miller said there are too many current concerns that need to be addressed within the hospital before more projects are explored, including the ongoing issues with billing, rev cycle, low orthopedic clinic visits versus capacity for services, long-term care, PERS recent error and correction due to the cyberattack.

“While the EMS might be great down the road, I don’t think that would be appropriate now,” said Miller. 

Other board members issued the same sentiments. 

The tentative budget was unanimously approved as presented, with the understanding that the large capital improvement items would need to be brought before the board for approval prior to any purchases being made.

The proposed scope of work includes moving the EMS facility to a “new green field site closer to the highway for better access,” consisting of spaces for 13 ambulances and some larger emergency vehicles, staff sleeping quarters and vehicle service areas, etc. 

Three following agenda items relating to the relocation of the EMS facility were tabled following the discussion and approval of the tentative budget, including a hospital administration request for authorization to negotiate the purchase of property to be used for construction of an off-site EMS facility.

A hospital administration request to engage Architectural Nexus to provide various hospital services was tabled, which included developing an overall hospital master plan not to exceed $78,200 plus reimbursable expenses, conducting a life safety assessment to clarify current site conditions and provide a life safety plan for future projects not to exceed $22,180, a preliminary architectural feasibility report for evaluation of existing EMS facility and site for outpatient specialty clinic not to exceed $72,230, surveying and utility location services for approximately $50,700 and topographic surveying for $5,500 with $4,400 reimbursable expense. 

A hospital administration proposal to engage certified public accounts Dingus Zarecor & Associates to examine the district’s forecasted financial statements, compile historical financial statements and prepare a demographic study for use in determining prospective financial information and assumptions to be used to obtain USDA financing at an estimated cost of $60,000 was also tabled by trustees at the May 25, 2021 regular hospital board meeting. 

The following business items were also updated at the May 25 board of trustees meeting:

• A request for authorization to solicit proposals for the proposed laboratory and pharmacy construction projects was unanimously approved. 

• A request to approve Rachel Lara, RN as the infection preventionist for HGH was unanimously approved. 

• The following requests for authorization to purchase equipment from GE Healthcare were unanimously approved: a cath lab imaging system for $830,306.18 with an annual $125,342 cost, a hemodynamic monitoring system for $146,151.79 with $14,504 annual cost and a venous access ultrasound system for $36,766.69. 

• A request to approve a master services agreement with R1 RCM Inc. to transition the billing function and services from RCM to the hospital district as outlined in a separate statement or statements of work at a cost of $4M paid in eight equal installments ending December 2021 was unanimously approved. 

• A district administration proposal to authorize solicitation of requests for proposals to provide legal services to the district and board of trustees was unanimously tabled.