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The Wilson Memorial Hospital District is asking for the 81st Judicial District Attorney’s Office to intervene in its ongoing conflict with Dr. Jerome Kizzart.

Jerome Brooks, chief executive officer of the Connally Memorial Medical Center, said following the board’s Sept. 20 meeting that the board voted after a closed session meeting to direct its attorneys, Cox & Smith, to “confer with the district attorney and request prosecution,” alleging that Kizzart’s practice has failed to produce documents requested by the hospital. Connally began mediation with Kizzart in January after the hospital attempted to evict the practice from the North County Health Center on U.S. 181 near F.M. 775 north of Floresville.

Brooks said the documents included receipts related to start-up expenses at the beginning of a physician recruitment agreement between the practice, the hospital, and Dr. Roy Fisher. Controversy ensued after the agreement’s failure in early 2011, when Fisher moved to another practice in Floresville.

While there was “no real deadline” on the provision of the receipts, Brooks said availability of such documents is a standard part of any physician recruitment agreement. These documents, he said, should be produced upon request.

Also during the meeting, the board approved the monthly and year-to-date financial and statistical report for August. According to a copy of the report provided by Brooks after the meeting, the hospital finished the month with a net income of $280,482. This is $11,115 more than the $269,367 that was projected in the fiscal year 2012 budget.

Year-to-date, however, the hospital has not hit its targeted net income. The hospital has made a profit of $2,086,114. However, $2,550,484 -- a difference of $464,370 -- was projected.

Also related to finances, the board adopted an ad valorem tax rate of 13.31 cents per $100 of assessed property value for the 2013 fiscal year. This is almost two cents less than the current rate of 15.22 cents.

According to the Wilson County Appraisal District, the taxable value of a home within the hospital district is $143,050. Therefore, under the new rate, the average tax bill will be $190.40. This is $28.09 -- or almost 13 percent -- less than the 2012 average tax bill of $218.49, when homes had an average taxable value of $143,556. Brooks said the adopted tax rate also is approximately 10 percent less than the effective tax rate calculated by the appraisal district.

In other action, the board:

•Selected Lubbock-based Durbin & Associates LLP to provide the hospital’s fiscal year 2012 financial audit, at a cost not to exceed $51,000.

•Approved entering into an information technology support services agreement with Wirenet Solutions, LLC, which will consult and train Connally’s information technology staff to better comply with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009.

wgibbs@wcn-online.com
 

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