Board approves contracts

Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 2:00 pm

The Greenwood Leflore Hospital Board of Commissioners approved more than $570,000 in contracts at its meeting Tuesday night.

The board first approved a renewal contract for insurance with the Mississippi Hospital Association for $63,500, which covers the hospital for a one year.

According to Jim Jackson, the hospital’s administrator, the insurance includes accounting services, risk management and the hospital’s malpractice trust fund. He said the contract includes no premium increase for the upcoming year.

The second item approved by the board was a five-year contract with Truven 360, a technology firm that deals with electronically transmitted clinic data and related services. The contract is for a single payment of $510,350.

The board did enter into an 80-minute closed-door session to discuss the following issues: quality and safety; strategic claims for services; potential employment and contracts; capital planning; and personnel and employment matters.

At the conclusion of the closed-door meeting, Gladys Flaggs, the board’s vice chairman, said the board unanimously approved the recommendations of the Credentials Committee for services for active staff at the hospital.

The board also approved allowing Jackson to negotiate for possible clinic coverage for the hospital’s emergency room.

Finally, the board gave its permission for Jackson to request an easement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its facilities located on River Road.

Tuesday’s board meeting was the first since a state law went into effect requiring that all board meetings for publicly owned hospitals be open to the public. In 2015, the Legislature ended hospital boards’ exemption from the Open Meetings Act.