By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Concerns with Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw were part of the November 12 Choctaw County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Rick Jenkins addressed the board with a follow-up from the October 21 Supervisor meeting where he voiced many concerns at PCH-Choctaw and the Choctaw County Nursing Center.
After discussing many updates and progress from the complaints, Jenkins said, “I feel a lot better about it this month.”
In the discussion about patients not being able to contact Pioneer with billing questions, Board President Chris McIntire said, “It seems like there is a disconnect between local Pioneer and corporate Pioneer.”
Jenkins asked the board if Pioneer is up-to-date on all of their lease payments to the county. As of November 12, Pioneer had not paid any lease payments for the month of November.
Later in the meeting, District 5 Supervisor Eric Chambers said the board should resolve the issue of payment and square footage with Pioneer at the new medical office building. Pioneer and the county disagree on the total square footage that is used to calculate their lease payment for the MOB. Pioneer has been making MOB lease payments based on the square footage they believe should be charged. The difference between their payments and what the county says is owed is $1,200, as of November 12.
McIntire said the told Pioneer the correct square footage, with a signed letter from Pryor & Morrow, the county’s architect.
He also said Pioneer is making a list of proposed amendments to the lease for the county to consider. McIntire said the proposed amendments would “clean up the lease.”
The Board of Supervisors approved:
-Bid from Turner Shaw for $12,375 to install a 496-foot vinyl privacy fence on the property line of Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw (county owned) and Frances Odom as required by the land sale contract.
-To submit a pre-application to the FFA on behalf of the Choctaw County Airport to build one T-Hanger.
-The program to replace the Jerusalem Road Bridge using LSBP funds.
-Solid Waste deletions and adjustments.
-To recognize the 7.4 percent health insurance increase from Blue Cross Blue Shield effective January 1. This increase will cost the county approximately $22,000 extra. The increase also raises the total out of pocket expense for employees from $1,500 to $2,500.
-Annual software management contract with Data Systems.
The next Board of Supervisors meeting will be Thursday, November 27 at 9 a.m. in the boardroom at the Choctaw County Courthouse.