Workers put the finishing touches on a new main entrance sign for Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center. The sign will feature an electronic message board.

The Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) board approved revised budget figures Tuesday and reset the mill levy for it’s 2020 budget.

Chief of Staff Dr. Daniel Wardrop reported to the board about providers privilege delineation forms as well as the mandatory life support training policy for all employees.

The policy provides for minimum life support training for medical providers at HRRMC, regardless of their employment status. The American Heart Association is the benchmark for the training courses while equivalent courses will also be considered on approval by the hospital’s Education Department. The policy aims to provide effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation for patients in all settings.

The delineation of privileges involves identifying criteria for the granting of practice privileges for providers in various disciplines and departments, including minimum formal training, certification, required current experience, professional evaluations and the provider’s documentation of proficiency and competence.

The board approved both measures.

Candy houses and a windmill are part of the holiday decorations on the second floor of HRRMC this holiday season.

CEO Bob Morasko reported the start of pharmacy delivery services to the Custer County Health Clinic in Westcliffe and said pharmacy courier service to Saguache will begin in January.

Vice President of Fiscal Services Lesley Fagerberg presented updated budget figures from the various taxing authorities within the hospital district.

The changes to the budget resolutions passed last month will mean a change of $31, Fagerberg said. The revised mill levy will be 1.787 mills.

Board member Tom Eve reported on new signage at the hospital, including a new main sign at the entrance, which CEO Morasko said will include a programmable message feature. Eve said interior renovation work at the Buena Vista Health Clinic is also under way.

A vintage Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Christmas tree are among the decorations greeting visitors at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center this holiday season.

For the month of November, inpatient discharges were 94, compared with the budget estimate of 96 and the three-month average of 95. Total patient days totaled 328, compared with 330 as a budget estimate and the three-month average of 341.

A total of 9,086 outpatient, dialysis and clinic visits were recorded, against a budget estimate of 9,292, and the prior month total of 10,133. Average patient stay was 3.5 days; against a budget estimate of 3.4 compared to a 3.7 average the prior month. The average daily patient census was 10.9, compared with a budget estimate of 11 and the prior month average of 9.7.

Inpatient revenues totaled $2,573,783, compared to a budget estimate of $2,234,106.

Outpatient revenues were pegged at $10,574,383 compared with a budget estimate of $11,268,383

Total HRRMC operating expenses were $6,512,224 compared with the budgeted amount of $6,295,542.

The board also selected Juanita Ward as the Designated Election Official for the scheduled special district election on May 5, 2020. The board authorized that special election on condition that the only matter to come before electors is the election of officers, with no opposing candidates for board positions. That would in effect cancel the need for an election with the candidates declared elected. Such a situation would require notification to election officials in each of the counties within the hospital district.

In other action, the board approved the purchase of three walk-in tubs to be utilized at the hospital’s Family Birthing Center.