Local news: hospital commission continues search for CFO (04/22/21)
The Eureka Springs Hospital Commission is still accepting proposals for a virtual CFO.
On Monday evening, Treasurer Kent Turner said the commission had received a response to its request for proposals for a chief financial officer. Turner said the commission’s request for tenders will end later this week, saying he expects to receive more nominations. Turner asked CPA Brent Seay if he was going to apply and Seay said he planned to do so.
?? It doesn’t surprise me, we haven’t received anything yet, ?? Turner said. • It takes two weeks to develop a fairly decent proposal. I don’t think we should just assume that we won’t get anything else because it takes time to do so.
Earlier in the meeting, Turner presented the financial report. Turner said the commission had no deposits or withdrawals since last month, so the checking account balance remains at $ 17,039.01. Turner said the money market account received $ 408.40 in interest, bringing the total to $ 1,202,567.15.
Commissioner Leva Murphy then provided an update on the Marketing Committee. Murphy said she met hospital worker Catherine Pappas, who suggested having a table at the Holiday Island Fire Department’s annual golf tournament. The commission is expected to purchase a table banner for the event, Murphy said.
Turner said the hospital’s marketing is starting to work. He remembers meeting someone who said her husband was due to go to Eureka Springs Hospital recently.
“She said,” I completely changed my opinion of the Eureka Springs Hospital, ?? ?? Turner said. “We have to capitalize on this stuff.”
CEO Angie Shaw then reported that the hospital’s supply of personal protective equipment was expanding. The hospital has more than 1,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine available to the community, Shaw said.
?? We have scheduled vaccination clinics on a weekly basis, ?? Shaw said.
Shaw said the hospital has so far administered 1,725 vaccinations in the community. The Pfizer vaccine is now available for those 16 and older, Shaw said, so the hospital recently partnered with the ECHO Clinic to administer vaccines to students at Eureka Springs High School.
?? They actually sent Pfizer to the CDC and the FDA to be approved for ages 12 and up, ?? Shaw said. We are currently waiting to see if this will be approved or not. If so, I have a feeling that we will also see a need for these vaccines.
At the end of the meeting, President Tyson Burden thanked Shaw for his “dedication and leadership”. to the hospital. Burden said the hospital’s finances continue to improve and much of the hospital’s old business is being settled. Burden also thanked Eureka Springs City Council for approving a city-wide mask warrant on April 12, although the gesture may be symbolic in nature.
“Now is the time to decide whether we’re going to have another wave of COVID-19 or not, ?? Burden said. ?? We only have a few tools to fight COVID-19. We have the mask. We have vaccinations ?? and we have the lockdown, which nobody wants. ??
Burden continued, “Masks and vaccinations are a small price to pay to keep our city vibrant and healthy, so I beg everyone to get vaccinated and keep wearing your mask.