Jul 19 Chairman’s Meeting: June 20, 2019
Indian River County Hospital District
June 20, 2019
TRUSTEES: Michael Weiss Karen Deigl
Ann Marie McCrystal Barbara Bodnar
VIA PHONE: Allen Jones Marybeth Cunningham
STAFF: Ann Marie Suriano Jennifer Peshke, Esq.
Jennifer Frederick Kate Voss
OTHER ATTENDEES: Pat Kinpper Dan Bach
Vicki Soule Michelle Genz
Convene Meeting – Marybeth Cunningham, Chairwoman
Dr. Weiss convened the Chairman’s meeting of the IRCHD at 10:00 AM by welcoming those in attendance.
Ms. Zudans provided an update concerning the Gifford Health Center Advisory Committee, which she was appointed to run by the District Trustees. She explained that they held their first meeting on June 18 and discussed preliminary details of the mission and vision of the committee, as well as the role and responsibilities going forward. The committee is composed of members who work directly with or are associated with the Gifford community. Additionally, the committee will include Ann Marie Suriano, Andrea Berry of Healthy Start, Vicki Soule of TCCH and Freddie Woolfork of GYAC. Further, it will include a We Care Clinic and VNA designee, along with a Gifford Community liaison. Through the transition, the Health Department administrator will also participate. There was discussion that a smaller sub-committee should be formed to address additional variables within the transition. Mrs. Zudans further discussed the role and goal of the committee and stated that after their next meeting she will have more information to provide to the Trustees. In closing she informed that Gifford Health Council will remain active and also participate collaboratively with the committee.
Ms. Suriano stated that Mr. Jones prepared a summary of this recommendations for the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget. Ms. Suriano reviewed the budget summary documents she prepared, which reviewed the funding requests from the agencies. The Trustees had discussion concerning the same. They agreed not to cut the millage to a rate much lower rate than it is at currently, so that in future years, they would not be required to raise the tax level to support all program funding needs. They further agreed that they would need to look at the impact Cleveland Clinic will have on the community over the next few years, relative to the care of the indigent in the county. There was further Trustee discussion surrounding the increased homeless population in the county and nationwide. Ms. Suriano explained that she called a meeting with local organizations and Hope for Families in an effort for all to work collaboratively together on this issue. There was also a recommendation to develop a survey specifically for homeless patients, so that they may collect data which would be helpful in supporting the issue moving forward.
There was no public comment and the meeting was adjourned at 10:45 AM.