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San Juan PHD: Village at Home homecare program has soft launch

LWVSJ Observer Corps notes on San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 May 22, 2024 meeting.

Superintendent Butler told the commission that bringing finances in-house has impacted cash flow. The district receives tax revenue about a month later than in the past since the county must transfer the money rather than simply credit it to the PHD‘s county account. The finance committee will meet in June.

EMS call volume that ran above normal in the first quarter was back to usual levels in April. A new class of EMTs have completed their training and are working on state certification.

The PHD’s candidate did not get admitted to this year’s MedicOne program but has commitment for a slot next year.

The relationship with the SJI Fire District under the new agreements is going very well.

A team from the Village at the Harbor reported that things are going very well there with staff turnover down, the renovations complete, and residents all have regularly updated care plans. The Village at Home homecare program is doing its soft launch with a couple clients and will be focusing on Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training. New Medicaid rules may make it viable for home health care sooner than anticipated.

The Commissioners set up an ad hoc committee to get informed about a possible change in how Peace Island Medical Center staffs the Emergency Department.

There was a discussion about looking at how proposed capital projects including the expansion of the Village at Harbor, staff housing, and an EMS building expansion would impact finances and staff workload. The EMS project would probably be put on hold. The Commissioners also will look at two proposals to add solar panels and storage batteries to increase the resilience at EMS and The Village at the Harbor. Finally, as the county looks at providing reproductive health services and Planned Parenthood faces staffing issues, commissioners want to see what budget implications there are for the hospital district’s support for reproductive health services.

Mailers have gone out to SJI residents for the Public Hospital District’s Open House starting at 2:00 pm June 7th to thank the community for all their support for the district’s initiatives. The event will kick off at the Village at the Harbor, but will include the EMS building, The Village at Home, and the PHD administrative offices.

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