LWV Observer Corps notes on Public Hospital District 1 meeting

Submitted by the League of Women Voters Observer Corps.

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SJC Public Hospital District #1 regular meeting of Dec. 20

The Board honored the work of outgoing Commissioner Kyle Loring, especially his eye for detail and keen questioning. Loring expressed gratitude and noted the positive changes over the last four years. The board welcomed incoming Commissioner Rick Frazier. Superintendent Butler presented a letter to the Board from key staff members thanking them for their support in advancing their shared mission. The Board thanked the community and taxpayers for their support of the district’s goals.

On financials, the district expects to finish the year right on budget. A key recent change is that a large portion of cash balances are being kept in a state-run investment fund earning a return. Funds can be withdrawn as needed. Rates at The Village will go up in January; currently they are below the state median. Given the level of taxpayer support, residents need to pay an appropriate rate.

The EMS has an ambitious 2024 training schedule. Eleven people, nine of whom are local, have signed up for the next EMS class. The EMS local union chapter has a new president.

Deputy Superintendent Perrollaz said the renovations were complete at the Village in the Harbor. They have submitted the rezoning request. The Medicaid beds are filled. The Home Care project is working to complete financials projections in January. They are reviewing policies and procedures with the state and hope to get licensed by January. They are starting to talk to potential staff. They have seen lots of demand for both jobs and services. People looking to work for the home care service may have lower pay rates but better benefits and less stress. The Community Care Committee is looking at how Medicaid would impact the program and how to maintain the right mix.

The Board proposed changing the meeting times for 2024 to 4:00 pm on the fourth Wednesday of each month. They approved the updated policies and procedures. Two Board members agreed to review the policies and procedures proposed for the Home Care Program.

The Superintendent shared a draft interlocal agreement they are working on with the Fire District a step forward in working together.