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New Hospital Board as of April 2013


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L-R: Glen Mathis, Nancy George, Robert Tersinar, Mary Jane Dent, Mike Bodensteiner

At Girard Medical Center, our doctors, nurses and staff members work tirelessly to serve the medical needs of their community every day. What you might not realize, though, is who is running the show behind the scenes.

That would be the five members of the GMC Board of Trustees: Glen Mathis, chairman; Robert Tersinar, vice-chairman; Nancy George, treasurer; Mary Jane Dent, secretary; and Mike Bodensteiner, trustee.  These volunteers represent a broad range of views and experiences:

Glen Mathis is the pharmacist at Mathis Drug Store in Girard.

Why did you choose to run for the hospital board?

Mathis: I believe my input as a long-standing businessman and medical professional would be beneficial to the board and hospital.

What important issues/priorities do you see for the board and hospital in the next few years?

Mathis: A priority will be budgeting funds in a way to be certain that we work together with administration and health care providers to control cost and still deliver the highest quality health care to our community.

How important is our hospital to this community?

Mathis: I believe it is the lifeblood of the community.

Robert Tersinar is a registered representative and partner with SEK Financial LLC.

Why did you choose to run for the hospital board?

Tersinar: We had recently moved back to the community to raise our family. We really appreciated that Girard still had a quality health care provider. I thought my experience and background in business and finance could be helpful. Frankly, volunteering has a way of working both ways. I have learned a great deal from my fellow board members and our administrative team over the years. I have always felt lucky to serve with this group of professionals. Each of the board members has an area of expertise, and when that knowledge comes together in the boardroom, it proves very valuable.    

What important issues/priorities do you see for the board and hospital in the next few years?

Tersinar: It is important that our hospital continue to adapt to the changing health care environment. Each year brings a new challenge or opportunity. One example is the success of the Senior Behavioral Health Services. This was a need identified by the board and administration which has proven very successful. We always need to be open to new services that will improve the hospital. Secondly, the Affordable Care Act will bring changes to health care delivery. We must adapt to this new reality to ensure our methods mesh with the new system.    

How important is our hospital to this community?

Tersinar: The hospital plays a vital role in the community. Access to good schools, quality health care facilities and other fundamental services is essential to a town's long-term viability. The hospital is a vital link in keeping the community a choice for young families as well as retirees. It takes money and creativity to maintain services, but we have to protect these assets as a community to attract and retain residents. All of the parts have to work together to create a higher standard of living in Girard. As district residents, we must support our local providers whenever possible.  

Nancy George is the chief risk officer for Girard National Bank.

Why did you choose to run for the hospital board?

George: The hospital is very important to our local economy and quality of life. I want to help Girard Medical Center continue to have a positive impact in our local communities.

What important issues/priorities do you see for the board and hospital in the next few years?

George: Our priorities include recruiting and retaining surgeons and family practitioners; exploring new services to meet our communities’ needs; and generating sufficient cash flow to repay the hospital’s bonds.

How important is our hospital to this community?

George: Girard Medical Center is a wonderful asset in our communities. It employs many residents of Girard and surrounding communities, and the hospital itself and its staff members support other local businesses with their purchases, making a significant impact on the local area. Also, they conveniently provide many services to help meet patrons’ health care needs.

Mary Jane Dent is an educator at Girard High School and serves as library media specialist for GHS and GMS.

Why did you choose to run for the hospital board?

Dent: I was actually asked by a nominating committee that existed previously to run and thought it would be means of giving back to the hospital and community since both have been very important in my life. Because my background is in education, I believe I bring a different perspective to the board and can truthfully say that I have learned a lot, enjoyed it and hopefully contributed along the way. I am thankful because being a board member has been a very positive and rewarding experience with very professional people.

What important issues/priorities do you see for the board and hospital in the next few years?

Dent: The hospital and board will face several challenges in the next few years. The first will be to continue to provide excellent and personal health care to area patrons while meeting the economic challenges of the times, including the costs associated with the implementation of electronic health records. Another will be searching for additional medical personnel and programs to provide necessary services and generate revenue, as well as a chief executive officer after Michael Payne, who is doing a wonderful job as CEO, retires. Still another will be to provide the equipment and technology necessary to allow all staff to do their jobs to the best of their ability. GMC has a wonderful staff, and the board must do everything possible to take care of the people who are the heart of the facility and provide the services that make GMC what it is.

How important is our hospital to this community?

Dent: Girard Medical Center is a vital part of this community and hopefully always will be. If you had the opportunity to read the 2012 Annual Report mailed to patrons, you can readily see the economic impact that GMC has on this area, from payroll and expenditures locally to charity care, scholarships and other free services. It is a source of pride to the community that Girard has a modern, renovated facility, outreach clinics and an outstanding staff to provide the personal, professional medical care to area residents that the Girard hospital has always been known for. When you go there, it is like going to see old friends who will do their very best to take care of your needs.

Mike Bodensteiner is the executive director of the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center-Greenbush.  

Why did you choose to run for the hospital board?

Bodensteiner: Access to outstanding medical services and education serves as the foundation for ensuring a high quality of life for any community. Girard has a long history of demonstrating its commitment to both of these critical institutions. My decision to run for the hospital board stems from my appreciation of the leadership that served before me and my desire to give back to the community that has given me so much.

What important issues/priorities do you see for the board and hospital in the next few years?

Bodensteiner: There are a number of distinct, but nonetheless related, issues that will need to be addressed by the board and the hospital in the coming years. Obviously, changes in the health care system and ensuring all citizens have access to quality medical services are two challenges that lay head. Managing ever-decreasing fiscal resources, all the while attracting outstanding medical personnel, maintaining a high level of patient satisfaction and meeting the needs of the community, will be vital to the continued success of GMC.

How important is our hospital to this community?

Bodensteiner: I believe it is difficult to separate the hospital from the larger community given it is such an important component, both in terms of economic impact and service delivery. At the end of the day, the success of the hospital rests with the mutual support and relationships that exist between the hospital, city and county government – and, most importantly, the residents of Crawford County. 

Tasked with leading GMC’s staff to carry out the hospital’s mission, these volunteers provide the highest level of governance to the hospital and are ultimately responsible for its management and control  They have the leadership skills it takes to constructively challenge the status quo, as well as understand and evaluate the financial information.

In their monthly meetings, hospital board members focus on six key responsibilities: ensuring the achievement of the hospital’s mission, vision and strategic direction; ensuring quality and patient safety; building strong board/CEO relationships; providing informed and effective financial leadership and oversight; advocating for the hospital’s interests and building strong community relations; and medical staff credentialing.

Girard Medical Center is privileged to have Trustees who commit the time necessary for successful board service, and have a willingness and a desire to learn and understand the complexities of the health care environment and the challenges of meeting our patient and community needs.

 

Name
Title
Term Expires
Glen Mathis
Chairman
04/2015
Robert Tersinar
Vice-Chairman
04/2015
Nancy E George
Treasurer
04/2017
Mary Jane Dent
Secretary
04/2017
Mike Bodensteiner
Trustee
04/2017

 

 

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