FAIRBURY – The Jefferson Community Health Center Board of Directors held the organization’s annual membership meeting for fiscal 2014 on Monday, Jan. 12.
2014 Board Chairman Dick Hoppe thanked the administration, staff, board members, and physicians for their work to make the year successful.
Hoppe pointed out that there were many projects and successes during 2014, which were outlined in a report from Chad Jurgens, chief executive officer. The report was sent to all members of the corporation prior to the annual meeting. Anyone who has donated $100 to Jefferson Community Health Center is a member of the private not-for-profit corporation.
Jurgens highlighted several awards the facility earned in 2014, stating: “Having Jefferson Community Health Center recognized in almost every area is something for our community to be proud of.”
Awards during the year included:
n JCHC was named one of the iVantage HEALTHSTRONG Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States.
n JCHC received the Grower’s Level of the Governor’s Wellness Award;
n Jefferson Family Home Care was named a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite™ (and was named one of the top 6 agencies in Nebraska);
n Jefferson Community Health Center is one of 10 Nebraska hospitals recognized by the Hospital Research and Educational Trust and the Hospital Engagement Network for meeting the national reduction goals set out through the Partnership for Patients;
n Gardenside long-term care at Jefferson Community Health Center was recognized in the US News Best Nursing Home Report for receiving a 5 Star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid;
n And Gardenside long-term care was recognized by CIMRO Nebraska as one of 10 long-term care facilities in the state of Nebraska to reduce the use of antipsychotic medication by 40 percent or more last year.
Chance Klasek, chief financial officer, said that while fiscal 2014 was the biggest year in JCHC’s history for net revenue, expenses were also the highest ever. Expenses included continuation of a major remodeling project, information technology expenses, and a few major equipment expenses. For the fiscal year, JCHC reported a 3.96 percent operating margin.
“Jefferson Community Health Center is in a good financial position, and we continue to strive to improve, operationally and financially,” Hoppe said.
At the regular board meeting which followed the annual meeting, officers were elected for 2015. Officers are: Dick Hoppe, chairman; Brian Scheele, vice chairman; and Lymon Hamm, secretary-treasurer.More