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12 The Lovell Chronicle l August 6, 2015 DAVID PECK Chad Lindsay of Lovell wowed the audience during the Scottish Highland Games at the Festival of Nations in Red Lodge Saturday. Here, he flips a long log end over end during the caber toss event. Nelson named to officials Stuart Nelson of Wheatland was inducted into the Wyoming Sports Officials Association Hall of Fame on July 24 in Casper. The award is designed to provide special recog- nition to individuals who have contributed great- ly to the youth of Wyo- ming through their service and contributions through sports officiating. Nelson is a 1977 grad- uate of Lovell High School and began officiating while a student at UW. Upon graduation, he taught school at Worland and con- tinued to officiate with his dad, Rich, as his partner. He moved to Cheyenne in 1986 to serve as princi— pal of two schools and in 2002 moved to Wheatland, Where he served as super- intendent until his retire- ment in 2012. He officiated basket- ball and football through- NORlH BIG HORN out his career and served as a board member and president of the Wyoming High School Activities Association. The award was pre- .hld‘s hall of wfame COURTESY PHOTO Stuart Nelson poses with the plaque presented to him July 24 during his induction into the Wyoming Sports Officials Association Hall of Fame in Casper. sented July 24 by Ron Laird and Trevor Wilson, WHSAA commissioners. Nelson is the son of Dorothy and the late Rich Nelson. ' Corners awn 9m Mlnchow 5 Hospital District continues to do well compared to other districts BY PATTI CARPENTER According to North Big Horn Hospital’s Chief Financial Officer Lori Smith, the district’s low debt is impressive, com- pared to many rural hos- pitals across the state that are suffering finan- cially. Smith presented a final budget to the dis- trict’s board of trustees, which was approved at a special meeting held on Tuesday, July 21. The budget projects a cost of about $19 million a year to run thehospital district, which operates as a non-profit. The ap- proved budget projects a net gain of $112,000 com- pared to around $200,000 last year. Smith said the difference is relatively small to the overall bud- get and reflects addition- al expenditures anticipat- ed for new programs and equipment, and a slight pay increase for employ- ees and other expenses. She noted that any prof- its, should they occur at the end of the fiscal year, are generally used toward equipment expenditures. The budget includes an overall increase in pa- tient services charges of 6 percent. The increases are based on what is rea- sonable and customary for facilities in the area. “We generally go back and review every charge that we have every year,” explained Smith. “We do this to make sure we are not overcharging. Last year we had a for- mal charge master re- view and they made rec— ommendations to us. We look at those recommen- dations and tailor it to our community because if we go strictly off those rec- ommendations, we may overprice ourselves for the area. So we look and compare our rates to 10— cal facilities and we price ourselves accordingly.” Smith added, that in many cases those charges are lower than recommended. She explained that though the patient ser- vices went up 6 percent, it doesn’t necessarily mean the hospital will collect that much money due to contractual rates with in- surance companies and lower payments by gov- ernment programs like Medicaid and Medicare. She said the increase basically covers an in- crease in costs projected for the upcoming fiscal year. She said costs asso- ciated with the new con- struction currently go- ing on at the hospital and clinic are being calculat- ed in a completely sepa- rate budget and are not the cause of increase in fees. The hospitalis us- ing money from a special fund that includes sever- al years of a careful sav- ings program grant dol- lars and bank financing backed by bonds. Since the increased square footage in the clinic and physical therapy areas is expected to increase rev- enue it most likely will balance out the cost of the construction and will not necessarily affect the general budget. Smith said the budget anticipates an increase in revenue of $774,000 due to new surgical services that will be offered by an orthopedic surgeon who has not performed sur- geries at the hospital in the past. “We are expecting at least two surgeries to be performed per week,” said Smith. “In order to accommodate these new services, the hospital is purchasing additional equipment and supplies.” Smith said fees for long-term care will re- main unchanged with the potential for a de- crease in reimbursement from government payers due to the aging facility. She said the budget an- ticipates permanent im- provements to the New Horizons Care Center in the future, including new flooring, windows and wireless computer sys- tems that will factor into the reimbursement rate for the facility. Contractual allow- ances (discounts with in- surance carriers) are ex- pected to increase by 12 percent. The budget also anticipates uncollectible fees owed for services rendered to increase in proportion with the reve- nue overall increase. ‘The budget does not include $200,000 approved by the legislature that will offset part of that cost. Smith said she didn’t include that amount because it was still unclear when the district would receive the funds from the state within the fiscal year cov- ered by the budget. The new Mobile Med- ical Unit and the Edu- cation Department are expected to bring in addi- tional revenue by offering new or expanded services cornparcd to the previous year. 1 Total operating ex- penses are expected to in- crease overall 7 percent. A large portion of this in- crease is due to increas- es in employee benefits, equipment purchased for orthopedic surgery as well as education and travel expenses. Smith explained that the dis- trict held back consider- ably on educational ex- penses last year and the increase reflects expens- es to meet continuing ed- ucation requirements for staff. Expenses for new programs like Lean Six Sigma, Leadership De- velopment and Hospital Preparedness are also factored into the budget for the year. Grant in- come is expected to de- crease for the year, along with interest income, which is also expected to impact the bottom line. 061' blot/fl MEWS DELIVEV—ao. vascribr. Mow! 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