Home health, hospice cut ties with TGH

archive_import /

By ABBY SOUZA

The Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice program is officially out from under Tuolumne General Hospital's umbrella.

With a unanimous vote, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors at Tuesday's meeting allowed VNA-Hospice to operate with its its own enterprise fund.

This means both TGH and VNA will now have separate accounts with the county. Enterprise Funds programs differ from others because they are expected to be self sufficient.

This separation is one of the 10 steps in the hospital's recovery plan.

The plan is supposed to help TGH out of its dire financial state by either increasing revenue or cutting costs. The hospital has borrowed more than $5 million from the county and received $11 million in cash infusions over the past six years.

The hospital is losing about $180,000 a year in Medicare reimbursements because of its connection with VNA, TGH Administrator Barry Woerman said in a memo to the board.

The recovery plan, written in February and approved by the board in March, says TGH will save at least $150,000 in this separation through financial allocation adjustments.

Besides a letter to both the state and federal governments letting them know of the change, there isn't much work on TGH's part to make the separation happen.

Although Woerman will still oversee VNA, day-to-day responsibilities will be in VNA Director Sara Herrin's hands.

At a recent TGH board of trustees meeting, she thanked the trustees and hospital administrative staff members for their help and guidance in the past.

"This is a huge venture and a scary venture," Herrin said.

Herrin said she considered the separation a "win-win" situation and said there are no hard feelings between TGH and VNA.

The board's decision to make VNA its own enterprise fund will go into effect Tuesday, the beginning of the fiscal year.

11505929
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Friday May 27, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Homelessness, high school and the Butte Fire

05/20/2016

Cole Baisch arrived at Calaveras High School around lunchtime as the sky ... more

Avalon Care Center fined for patient death

05/24/2016

Avalon Care Center in Sonora has been fined $80,000 by the California ... more

Deputies visit schools, build community ties

05/24/2016

You would think Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Deputy Nate Yorston was Santa Claus ... more

UPDATE: Probe begins in Don Pedro fire

05/25/2016

Investigators began sifting through the rubble of the Don Pedro Recreation Agency ... more

High Sierra passes closed again

05/20/2016

Days after authorities opened Ebbetts Pass, Sonora Pass and Tioga Pass for ... more