Special Meeting: May 28, 2019

Special Meeting: May 28, 2019

Special Meeting- GHC RFP Recommendation
Indian River County Hospital District
May 28, 2019
12:00 PM

TRUSTEES: Allen Jones Marybeth Cunningham
Barb Bodnar Michael Weiss
Ann Maire McCrystal Tracey Zudans
Karen Deigl

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

ATTENDEES: Pat Knipper Janet Begley
Michelle Genz Andrea Fedock
Steve Hewet Sabrina Flower
Marie Andress Laura Grose

Convene Meeting – Ann Marie Suriano, Executive Director

Mrs. Cunningham convened the special meeting of the IRCHD and asked Mrs. Suriano to begin the discussions.

Recommendation on GHC RFP- Ann Marie Suriano

Mrs. Suriano explained that she prepared a summary of the review committees’ recommendation for the Trustees to review prior to this meeting. There was further discussion surrounding the Gifford Health center and the circumstances that led to the Trustees go out for an RFP. Additionally, on May 22, the evaluation review committee met and all members were present, along with members from the Gifford community. At the meeting, the committee and attendees heard a brief presentation from each of the proposers, including the services and assistance that will be provided on site within the community. They received much input from the community members present, which revealed the community benefit needs and desired services on site at the clinic. Then each committee member commented and expressed their recommendation to the group.

Therefore, it was recommended by the evaluation committee that Treasure Coast Community Health be the chosen entity to provide the core services requested within the Gifford Health Center. The core services are as follows:

1. Hours of operation M-F / 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
2. Primary Care and Urgent Care for Adults & Children
3. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
4. Onsite Lab Services
5. Patient Navigator
6. Facilities Coordinator
7. Community Health Worker/Care Coordinator
8. Extended Hours of Operation; and
9. Pharmacy Benefits (to be determined).

Additionally, TCCH has committed to continue these services over the next three years. The commitment and the term, including stator language regarding the commitment and intentions of the Board of Trustees to fund the program, will be addressed within a lease document. Further the review committee is also recommending that a Gifford Health Center Collaborative Committee be formed immediately. The committee should include at least the Hospital District Executive Director; representative from the Gifford Health Council; TCCH; Healthy Start; and We Care. It was also suggested that a representative from the Health Department and Whole Family Health be included as well. The first meeting of the committee would be held in June and continue monthly till at the proposed clinic opening in October.

There was further discussion surrounding the cost to the District for the first year start up, which is approximately $182,255 for equipment which the committee recommends be approved and disbursed this fiscal year. Additionally, they project a cost of up to $316,972 for fee-for-service visits by District qualified patients. They are also requesting $178,758 in grant funding to cover the anticipated deficit assumed with the start up of the clinic.

The committee is also recommending coordination with the VNA for patient satisfaction measurement and reporting supper for the first year which is estimated to cost the District of $72,000 for utilization of the mobile unit for transition and expanded hours support. Additionally, We Care specialty services and Healthy Start services will remain available through and after the transition.

Adjourn- The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 PM