BHRC receives commendable audit report

By LARRY C. BOWERS Staff Writer
Posted 9/27/17

The board of the Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center sat through a lengthy presentation by auditor Bill Matheney Tuesday evening, but the experience was well worth the time.

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BHRC receives commendable audit report

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The board of the Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center sat through a lengthy presentation by auditor Bill Matheney Tuesday evening, but the experience was well worth the time.

Matheney informed the board, facility Administrator Scott Oliver, and some members of the BHRC staff that the Bradley County care facility once again has a clean and commendable audit.

Matheney said the long-term care facility has no debt, and few concerns. He said this was one of his best audits of the year, and he even suggested BHRC officials and the county might look at some other means of increasing revenue.

The facility’s auditor recommended to Oliver and his staff that they might explore the possibility of providing home health care, or even hospice care.

“All health-care facilities are looking for other revenue opportunities, and you want to keep your residents,” he said

The audit presentation took up the bulk of Tuesday’s two-hour meeting, but it was welcomed by the board. It also provided a good overall glimpse of BHRC’s finances and future.

Matheney said his auditing team attempted to compared the Cleveland facility with others in the same category. What they found was very positive.

“This was probably my smoothest audit all year,” Matheney said. “You’re outside the curve for the industry.”

The auditor praised BHRC, noting other facilities in the area have to offer wide incentives to get people to come to work. “Your employees want to come to work here,” he added.

“You take care of your staff, and you do a lot of things that encourage them,” Matheny continued. “You increase employee morale, and you invest in your employees and your patients.”

Matheney also praised Oliver as an outstanding administrator of the county facility. Oliver came to BHRC in 2015, replacing former Administrator Dennis Burtnett.

Regarding Matheney’s suggestion that BHRC might venture into some other endeavors, Oliver said he and Nursing Director Sandy Sligo have discussed home health and hospice possibilities, adding these might be difficult to incorporate.

Matheney offered to help. “We have people who can help, or know people who can,” he said. “We can help you with resources.”

In going over the audit, Matheney touched on high points, and some minor issues of concern. Overall, for the second straight year, the county care facility received an excellent report.

In regular business, the board was informed that the census is at 165 residents, with 13 on Medicare. In Environmental Services, there are some repairs being made in bathrooms with replacement of tile.

Other business was rather routine, with limited time for discussion.

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