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Section A: General News


New hospital CEO hits ground running


New hospital CEO hits ground running
Brian Burnside, chief executive officer of the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, addresses the Wilson Memorial Hospital District board of directors at its June 20 meeting.


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Wilson County News
June 26, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- He has been on the job for approximately three weeks, yet Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brian Burnside of the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville is making ambitious plans related to the hospital’s future.

Burnside, during his first meeting of the Wilson Memorial Hospital District board of directors June 20, told the board of how he has met with the hospital’s staff and with area doctors and community leaders to gather input. He also praised the work of his predecessor, Jerome Brooks, and the team from Endeavor Healthcare for spearheading Connally’s ongoing turnaround, touting a decrease in employee turnover.

The new CEO proposes working on a medical-community development plan, which would balance patient demand with provider supply to best target the region’s needs. Burnside also is proposing a clinic-system development plan that could include elements such as urgent care, outreach clinics, and health coaching. All of these elements could bring additional revenue to the hospital, according to Burnside, as one primary care provider can generate as much as $800,000 per year in inpatient services.

Also during the meeting, Burnside presented the monthly and year-to-date financial and statistical report, in which he indicated that the hospital realized a net income of $320,751 for the month of May. So far this year, Connally has had a net income of $1,083,132. He also said that during the month, the hospital collected $1,692,270, which is a record.

In other business, the board unanimously approved the allocation of $150,000 from its capital budget to initiate the remodeling of suites 105 and 106 of the hospital’s adjacent medical-office building. Contractors will be selected through the public bid process, Burnside said.

“If my plan is a growth plan that involves physician recruitment, I need more space,” he said.

The board also met in closed session for the purposes of medical staff issues and credentialing and consultations with attorneys. With regard to the latter item, the board voted -- upon reconvening in open session -- to authorize board members Ronnie Eckel, Tommy Soriero, and Larry Richardson and Karl Hittle of Endeavor Healthcare “to consult with attorneys to determine the proper course of action and budget in order to make recommendations to the board regarding a potential legal matter.”


In attendance: Board members Ronnie Eckel, Tommy Soriero, Larry Richardson, Amy Clark, Sandy Yow, and Sam Carter; Chief of Staff Emily Frye, Chief Executive Officer Brian Burnside, Director of Marketing and Business Development Nancy Preyor-Johnson, Human Resources and Risk Management Director Dane Bonecutter, Administrative Assistant Shirley Bienek, Chief Nursing Officer Celeste Brizzee, and Finance Director Pat Solis.
 

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June 26, 2013 1:56pm
 
Please explain how a brandnew facility needs remodeling? 150K from tax payers needs more discussion, what a way to start a new CEO..how about saving 100K and hire someone who believes in the "walk about" leadership ... More ›

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