Regular Monthly Meeting: May 16, 2019

Regular Monthly Meeting: May 16, 2019

Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes
May 16, 2019
5:00 PM

TRUSTEES: Marybeth Cunningham Tracey Zudans
Ann Marie McCrystal Barbara Bodnar
Michael Weiss

ABSENT: Karen Deigl Allen Jones

STAFF: Ann Marie Suriano Jennifer Peshke, Esq.
Jennifer Frederick Kate Voss

OTHER ATTENDEES: Elisabeth Bublitz Andrea Berry
Michelle Genz Marie Andress
Freddie Woolfork George Shopland

Convene Meeting – Marybeth Cunningham, Chairwoman IRCHD

Mrs. Cunningham convened the regular monthly meeting of the IRCHD at 5:00 PM by welcoming those in attendance. Mrs. Zudans provided the invocation for the meeting and Dr. Weiss led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Consent Agenda- Marybeth Cunningham, Chairwoman IRCHD

Mrs. Cunningham asked for a motion for approval of the chairman’s meeting minutes dated April 25, regular monthly meeting minutes dated April 25, and a May disbursement of $972,060.17. Dr. Weiss made the motion which was seconded by Mrs. McCrystal. The motion carried unanimously.

Mrs. Cunningham stated that the District Trustees and staff continue to work on various matters such as the Gifford Health Center RFP process, and the budget funding requests for fiscal year 2019-2020. She also offered her congratulations to the Gifford Youth Achievement Center on their recent ribbon cutting which was in honor of the expansion done to the center.

District Counsel Report – Jennifer D. Peshke, Esq.

Mrs. Peshke stated that she continues to work on matters surrounding the Gifford Health Center RFP and is serving on the evaluation review committee. Additionally, she has been working with District staff on the agency funding request for the upcoming fiscal year. She continues to be available to the Trustees should they have questions or concerns.

Financial Statement Review – Ann Marie Suriano, Executive Director

Ms. Suriano provided the financial statement review on behalf of Mr. Jones who is out of town. She stated that the District remains in sound financial condition and at the end of April, the District’s bank account had a little over $9.3 million. Between now and fiscal year end on Sept. 30, it is projected another $600,000 or so of tax revenues should be received. After subtracting the $972,000 for the most recent month’s expenditures, it is estimated the District’s accounts will retain about $9 million in projected funds.

Additionally, there is a projected budgeted expense of $6.2 million, but estimated actual expenses will total about $1 million less than that for programs, mostly because of funds budgeted for the hospital, will not all be needed. Administrative expenses should come in near budgeted levels of a little over $1 million, and “other expenses” are likely to come in under budget by over $500,000, mostly because the contingent indigent care reserve and the partnership process reserves will not be entirely used.

As a result, it is projected the District’s bank account by the end of the fiscal year will have over $3 million to carry over to the next fiscal year. This should help reduce next fiscal year’s millage rate as some of this may be used to fund next year’s projected expenses.

In summary, the District remains in solid financial condition and will carry over sufficient funds to meet all anticipated reserve requirements and still have funds to offset some anticipated expenses in the next fiscal year.

Executive Director Report- Ann Marie Suriano, Executive Director

Mrs. Suriano provided her report and stated that she provided the Trustees with an updated dashboard concerning the District’s Strategic Plan. She stated that the staff continues to work on the learning and education agenda and she will continue to update the Trustees monthly.

Funded Agency Quarterly Report- Healthy Start Coalition, Inc. – Andrea Berry, CEO

Ms. Berry provided a historical review of Healthy Start which was enacted through legislation by the State of Florida over 25 years ago. The mission is to establish and support care that optimizes the health of moms, babies and their families. She discussed the outcomes and outputs for the Nurse Homes Visitation program and the Nurse Family Partnership program, which the District funds. Ms. Berry introduced Elisabeth Bublitz who was just hired on as the assistant executive director and holds a masters degree in public health. Ms. Bublitz reviewed data concerning prenatal care and infant mortality for Indian River county against the state of Florida. Lastly, Ms. Berry stated that Healthy Start held its annual fundraiser “Dancing with the Vero Stars” and raised $500,000 in funds, which is the most money they have raised to date.

New Horizons, Inc.- George Shopland, CEO

Mr. Shopland introduced himself to the Trustees, explained that he has been the CEO of New Horizons for the last five months. He explained that each year New Horizons helps thousands of individuals with mental health services in Indian River and St. Lucie County. New Horizons continue to evolve and grow to provide the best care possible to the patients, and the growing need for services. Currently, New Horizons collaborates with the McCabe Connections Center and Cleveland Clinic Indian River. He further stated that they are working on a potential pilot program to create a “Drop in Day”, where patients can present to the center without an appointment to seek immediate services and help. Additionally, he explained that New Horizons is projecting a $30,000 shortfall in their budget for the current fiscal year. The Trustees indicated that he may return next month to make a formal request for those funds.

Public Comment- There was no public comment.

Adjourn- The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 PM