Hospital District “Everything’s just fine”--auditor
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
The Houston County Hospital District Board of Directors received a glowing audit report from Kim Johnson of Todd, Hamaker and Johnson LLP during its regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 17. Johnson told the directors their numbers were accurate, internal controls appeared clean, and no violations of laws or regulations were reported. “Everything’s just fine,” Johnson said. She suggested the board consider developing a policy that indicates how long unpaid taxes are considered uncol-lectable. Also, she would like next year’s report to include future plans the board has, with economic factors and tax rates factored into the plans. Johnson explained that if the board has strategically developed a plan for something, she would like to see that in the report for the reader’s benefit. In other action, Dr. Richard Kelley reported on the Indigent Care Clinic and physicians recruitment. Kelley asked the directors to “sweeten” the offer that has been made to a young physician. The directors voted to add $50,000 to the offer made to the candidate, and to pay for the candidate’s malpractice insurance. When asked if it would be a one-year com-mitment or longer, Kelley said he would like to make the candidate a two-year offer. Prior to the vote, Kelley discussed the need to recruit well-qualified, young physicians to the area. He emphasized the need for someone to relieve existing physicians of the demands of being on call. Kelley said he considers the candidate to be very well qualified. The candidate is also interested in teaching and Kelley said she would be helpful with the residents. If the candidate accepts the position, her responsibilities will include being on call five nights a week, and to take primary and secondary no-doctor calls on weekends. The board also discussed its tax rate. No vote was taken, but the directors indicated they will not be changing the current tax rate when that item is addressed at a future meeting.