The Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District Board took steps to position itself financially for the coming year during its February board meeting and made a change in the provider of random drug tests for employees.
Major financial decisions for the year were made, as the board approved making its annual building payment to UMB Bank for $32,575.87. Of that, $15,000 is a principle payment.
Looking at the district's $113,916 loan from First State Bank, taken out a year ago, board members decided to pay off half that amount with annual property tax payments coming in. The remaining balance of $56,958 will remain as a loan for at least the next six months. The loan was taken out to buy new ambulances.
In other financial matters, the board voted to pay $3,843.96 for the annual agreement with Ortivus, provider of the district's billing program technical support. The 2008 bill was $3,578. With other certificates of deposit coming due, the board also decided to let the CDs roll over and earn interest for another cycle.
Cox Monett Hospital informed the district that it was no longer conducting random drug tests. Price quotes from other providers were reviewed. Family and Occupational Medicine of Monett was hired to provide that service.
In reports for the month, crews made 168 runs in January, the second time in three months the total has been under 170. It was the lowest number of runs in a month since March 2006.
Of the 134 trips involving patient transfers, 59 went to Cox Monett Hospital, 39 to Springfield hospitals, five to Joplin hospitals and five each to St. John's hospitals in Cassville and Aurora. Three runs went to helicopter ambulance landing zones, 16 went to long-term care facilities and two took patients to their homes.
Crews picked up four runs from other services during the month. Three of those resulted in trips to St. John's-Cassville, and one went to Springfield. No calls were turned over to other services.
Employee staff changes during the month included the resignation of Gordon Hartel as an on-call emergency medical technician (EMT). Roy Kirby was hired as a new on-call EMT. Jessica Winder was promoted from on-call to full-time status as an EMT.
Total overtime paid for two pay periods in January totaled 582.5 hours.
The education report, filed by office manager Jeaneittia Pierce, indicated six students were continuing in the EMT class, held on Mondays and Wednesdays. Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and first aid classes would be scheduled for the community as requested.
Pierce indicated she attended a payroll seminar for public agencies in Jefferson City. A semi-annual orientation for all staff was scheduled during February, bringng employees up to date on privacy regulations, tuberculosis testing, needed documentation, uniforms,and other day-to-day issues.
The next board meeting will be held on March 10 at 7 p.m. at the ambulance station at 307 Dairy St.