BOT Regular Monthly Meeting: October 15, 2020

BOT Regular Monthly Meeting: October 15, 2020




Regular Monthly Meeting

Zoom Meeting

October 15, 2020


TRUSTEES:                           Marybeth Cunningham           Allen Jones

Barbara Bodnar                      Ann Marie McCrystal

Karen Deigl                             Dr. Michael Weiss


EXCUSED:                            Tracey Zudans


STAFF:                                   Ann Marie Suriano                 Jennifer Peshke, Esq.

Kate Voss                                Jennifer Frederick


PARTICIPANTS:                  James Large                            Brett Hall

Vicki Soule                             Carrie Lester

Marie Andress                        Lisa Rymer



Convene Meeting – Marybeth Cunningham, Chairwoman

Mrs. Cunningham convened the regular monthly meeting of the Indian River County Hospital District (“IRCHD”) at 4:00 p.m., via Zoom and provided an invocation.


Consent Agenda-

Mrs. Cunningham asked for a motion to approve the first budget hearing meeting minutes dated September 10; Chairman’s meeting minutes dated September 16; final budget hearing minutes dated September 17; regular monthly meeting minutes dated September 17, and an October disbursement of $1,213,398.75. Mrs. McCrystal made a motion which was seconded by Dr. Weiss. The motion carried unanimously.


District Counsel Report – Jennifer D. Peshke, Esq.

Mrs. Peshke provided her report and stated that the County has finalized the Right of Way dedication and she is waiting on the recorded documents to be sent to her. She will then work with Cleveland Clinic’s counsel to amend any necessary easements. She has sent an initial draft of the amended lease to the VNA’s counsel and met with their counsel as well to work towards a final draft to bring back for discussion and approval in the next month or two. Lastly, she has reviewed all the District’s agency funding agreements for the new fiscal year, which were sent to her by Mrs. Frederick.


Financial Statement Review – Allen Jones, Treasurer

Mr. Jones stated that District remains in sound financial condition. At the beginning of the new fiscal year there is approximately $4.2 million in its accounts. Currently there is $4.4 in the bank with $1.2 million in expenses for the month of September. The District provided approximately $600,000 in financial assistance to some of its funded agencies for unanticipated expenses due to COVID-19. Coincidentally, the District operated around $700,000 under budget for program and administrative expenses. Therefore, the net result was beginning last fiscal year with $4.2 million and the District will end the year with the same.


Executive Director Report- Ann Marie Suriano

 Mrs. Suriano stated that she continues to work on the mental health intensive outpatient program RFP and has sent the same out to the committee for review and comment. She thanked Ms. Voss for her work in the District’s office move and transition. The District staff is now located at their new office and everything is running smoothly.  Mrs. Cunningham stated that she visited the new office and that it is a bright, clean, and cheerful space.


Quarterly Update-

Mr. Hall provided a brief update concerning the Connections Center and how they delt with COVID and providing assistance to those in the community. He further reviewed some patient satisfaction data and stated that volumes continue to rise, since the stay at home order was lifted. Further, he explained that the suicide rate in the county has increased over last year and 29 people have taken their lives this year, to date. He stated that the Center continues to focus their efforts in providing mental health referral services in hopes to combat this tragic occurrence. Lastly, he informed the Trustees that National Philanthropy Day will take place on November 17th and Mrs. Suriano will be recognized for her work in the community.

Mrs. Lester provided her report on the Substance Awareness Center and stated that there is a two week wait list for services. The center continues to transition into providing more in-person services, as this is the most effective form of therapy, however they still are utilizing telemedicine technology to provide services as well. She explained that they hope to resume providing services to inmates at the Indian River County jail over the next few months. SAC also provided a training class to the staff at the Source. This class provided knowledge and understanding as to how to better serve at risk populations. Further, she explained that overdoses are on the rise in the county and SAC is providing education on how to properly administer Narcan. Lastly, she explained that SAC was recently accredited through CARF for the next three years.  The mission of CARF is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served. The accreditation process is very thorough and it is a great achievement to be awarded the same.


Public Comment

Mrs. Cunningham asked for public comment and there was none. Dr. Weiss made a motion to adjourn which was seconded by Mrs. McCrystal. Motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 4:30 PM