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MCH board to discuss finances

May 6, 2019

The Ector County Hospital District Board will meet Tuesday to receive the quarterly investment report from the finance committee for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2019.

The finance committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the second-floor board room at Medical Center Hospital, 500 W. 4th St., and the Ector County Hospital District Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the same room.

Board members and the finance committee will both be discussing the quarterly report, as well as the financial report for the month of March. The board will also look at several capital expenditure requests, including one for a UDI tracker, Medtronic ValleyLab Electrosurgical units, a deal to lease 18 Draeger Perseus A500 anesthesia machines, a 3T Verio MRI Evolve Upgrade, and a Sonisite X-porte ultrasound unit.

This is the first meeting of the board following the Saturday election, which saw Board President and District 6 Board Member Mary Thompson unseated by Wallace Dunn, who beat Thompson in a landslide, gaining nearly 69 percent of the vote. Dunn received 151 votes in total while Thompson received 68 votes.

Thompson is still on the board, however this will be her last meeting. Board Secretary Jan Ramos said Dunn would be sworn in to the position either May 14th or 15th, and that the Ector County Elections Office would let them know by the end of the week. Dunn is only taking over as the District 6 Board member, and the Board will decide to appoint officers at a later date.

Dunn said he would be at the meeting, but was unsure at this point if he would be making public comments yet as the agenda has already been published, but said MCH CEO Napper would recognize him during the meeting.

Napper has been a subject of conversation himself as of late, as questions arose as to whether he would be staying in the position after his Odessa house appeared for sale last week. Napper did not respond to multiple questions about the issue, and the board itself has been giving contradicting responses. District 5 Board Member Don Hallmark said he was sure Napper wouldn’t be resigning, but Thompson said after losing the election Napper would be retiring before backtracking and saying he would eventually retire.

When Dunn was asked the question of whether Napper was retiring or resigning, he said he didn’t want to talk about that.

“Mary [Thompson] made a serious mistake with that comment and I don’t want to talk about that,” Dunn said.

Napper himself will be giving an update on MCH’s Fitch Bond rating. The BB+ rating was released in April, with an issuer default rating and a stable outlook, showing no change since last year.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE BOARD

>> Consider approval of regular meeting minutes, April 2, 2019.

>> Consider approval of special meeting minutes, April 12, 2019.

>> Consider approval of special meeting minutes, May 2, 2019.

>> Consider approval of Federally Qualified Health Center Monthly Report, March 2019.

>> Consider approval of medical staff bylaws and documents.

>> Hear a TTUHSC-Permian Basin report.

>> Consider approval of MCH ProCare Provider agreements.