Sheridan Memorial Hospital approves 2013 audit report

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved its fiscal year 2013 audit report at its meeting Wednesday. The hospital received an unqualified opinion, which means no errors or weaknesses were found in the audit, and no adjustments had to be made.

“The audit was awesome,” Chief Financial Officer Ed Johlman said.

“In and of itself, it was great, but it’s the fifth year in a row we’ve had an audit review and have had no adjustments. What we publish every year when we present to the board is spot on,” he added. “That is incredible.”

Johlman said there are a limited number of hospitals in the country that can make that claim, putting SMH in a unique class. He attributed the successful audits to his financial team.

“We’ve got great work processes together, and great people carrying it out, and it’s just awesome,” Johlman said.

CPA Jerrel Tucker, who performed the audit, said he has watched more than 50 hospitals go through the conversion to electronic medical records in the last two years, and most conversions go poorly, which often affects the audit report. He said he was glad to see that even though the conversion to EMR at Sheridan Memorial Hospital had its challenges, they did not impact financial statements or the audit.

In other business:

• Facilities Director James Rader told the board that construction is complete on the new Urgent Care department. The state Department of Health conducted inspections Wednesday, and the Urgent Care should open once it receives approval, Rader said. The Urgent Care will offer a more economic option for people who have typically gone to the emergency room for non-emergency problems such as sprains or flu symptoms. It will operate like a walk-in clinic with normal business hours.

• Hospital Foundation Executive Director Ada Kirven announced that the fifth annual The Link — Partners in Pink walk/run for breast cancer awareness was attended by more than 600 participants and 37 sponsors. Funds raised will be given to Sheridan Radiology and the mammography department to keep equipment and staff training up-to-date. Kirven also presented a check for $27,217 to the cardiac catheter lab. The funds were raised at the Drive for the Cause – Helping Hearts golf tournament held in September at the Powder Horn Golf Club.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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