2021 Successful Year
The Jefferson Community Health & Life board of directors held the organization’s annual membership meeting for fiscal 2021 on Thursday, Jan. 20.
Three board members were elected to serve on the board: Steve Snyder, Carolyn Scherbarth and Dallas Christ. Steve Snyder is a certified public accountant and farmer, and served two terms on the board in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This is the first time on the board for both Scherbarth, owner of Scherbarth Ace Hardware in Fairbury, and Christ, of Plymouth Irrigation, Plymouth. Snyder and Scherbarth fill positions left by Brian Blobaum and Linda Bauer, each served two terms on the board. Christ fills the unexpired term of Dr. Jeff Johnson, who passed away in November. Johnson’s term goes through 2023. Board members are elected from among members of the corporation and may serve up to two consecutive four-year terms.
Trevor Steinmeyer, board chairman, thanked the administration, medical staff, board members and staff for continuing to be excellent and providing such a great asset close to home in Jefferson County. He pointed out that JCH&L was named among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation for the seventh time in eight years in 2021. JCH&L was also recognized in the top 10 Nebraska Hospitals for Rural Provider Excellence in quality.
“JCH&L has quickly learned to transform and change when necessary to meet the new demands of the industry, while continuing to strive for the mission of providing exceptional health and life services for every person, every time,” Steinmeyer said.
Steinmeyer said 2022 looks to be an exciting year, as the brand new state-of-the-art clinic addition will be opening.
Highlights included JCH&L being named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital for the seventh time in eight years; being recognized for a Performance Leadership award; being recognized as one of the Top 10 Nebraska Hospitals for quality; and having Gardenside recognized as a 5-Star facility. In staff news, Rebecca Stroklund, D.O., joined the staff in January 2021; Megan Knutson, FNP-C, joined the staff in June 2021; Kirisha Afuh, FNP-C, joined the staff in June; Keegan Williams, FNP-C, joined the staff in July; Bryce Taylor, PA-C, joined the staff in September; and Carolyn Ferguson, FNP-C, joined the staff in October. Marci Gillham was named Health Information Services coordinator in July; Jen Johnson was named Burkley Fitness Center manager in November; Cari Wise was named laboratory manager in September; Kim Shadduck was named business office manager in the spring; Dr. Burke Kline became Gardenside long-term care administrator in November; Becky Bruce was named Cedarwood administrator in November; Megan Corbin was named infection preventionist in November. New services included the addition of neurosurgeon Dr. Jeremy Hosein and colonscopy and endoscopy services by Dr. Clark Antonson and Dr. Matthew Hrnicek. Cardiology specialty services expanded with the addition of Dr. Mathue Baker.
Chance Klasek, CFO, presented a report containing a comparison of financial data over the past five years. Chance noted that JCH&L’s gross revenues increased to just more than $35 million in the current year. After contractual adjustments of just under $7 million and expenses of $26 million, this left $1.2 million of operating income which equated to a 4.38% operating margin. JCH&L recognized more than $2.2 million of CARES Act Provider Relief Funds as income during the year and $2.3 million of PPP loan forgiveness.
Anyone who has donated $100 or more to Jefferson Community Health & Life is a member of the private not-for-profit corporation.
At the regular monthly board meeting which followed the annual meeting, officers were elected for 2022. Officers are: Trevor Steinmeyer, chairman; Ross Boeckner, vice chairman; and Sheri Schultis, secretary-treasurer.