Board members officially welcomed Roger Massey as the new Interim Administrator/CEO for Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital and severed ties with former CEO John Graves during their monthly meeting Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

The regular meeting was moved up to accommodate the schedules of consultant Lance Keilers and Interim CEO Roger Massey and was posted as required prior to the meeting.

Massey will work alongside Mickey Schaefer, Chief Financial Officer and Acting Administrator to oversee the operations of the Sutton County Hospital District.

Opening the meeting, Board President Mark Edwards deemed it was not necessary to go into a closed session to discuss the change in resignation date of former administrator/CEO from November 13, 2018 to September 14, 2018.

Offering further explanation, he said since it is the wish of John Graves to change the date, he felt the board should honor that request.
Moving on to the approval of the change, board member Edward Earwood spoke up to ask that there be some discussion to clarify the details of the approval of the resignation.

Specifically, he wanted to be clear on the PTO compensation owed to Graves.

Edwards said paying the PTO was not an issue and agreed that it should be paid.

“It’s not an issue for me,” Edwards said. “My recommendation based upon legal counsel is that we would pay John Graves through his PTO accrued through the date of September 14, 2018. Deferring to attorney’s listening in through a conference call, Edwards asked for guidance. It was agreed that the motion could include language specifying paying out the PTO through the effective date of resignation.”

Board member Mary Humphrey asked if the request served as the only agreement to sever the relationship between Graves and the Sutton County Hospital District. The board understood that no other written or signed agreement was in place.

Board member Adelita Alvarez also asked for clarification and was assured that there were no other conditions to the resignation.

With no further discussion, the board unanimously approved the change in resignation date before moving on to the next item on the agenda.
Next, the board heard comments from Keilers and Massey.

Massey began serving as Interim CEO Monday, October 1, and will work closely with Mickey Schaefer to oversee and manage the financial operations of the hospital and district.

Commenting on his unfamiliarity with the geography of Texas, Massey said it does however remind him of the location of his current residence.
“I’m really happy to be here, Massey said. “I’ve never been to this part of Texas. I visited San Antonio a few times to go to meetings, but that was kind of a cushy thing. You know, the fancy hotel, the river walk, get on a plane or get in the car and fly or drive back home. So, Texas is not some place that I have spent any time in. This is new to me. I will say to you that you’re about as flat as the Kansas area is west of 135. So, it’s like old home from that stand point.”

Massey went on to acknowledge the board and assure them that he is here to help.

“Thank you for the opportunity to be here,” Massey said. “I’ll do the best I can to help with this transition. I understand some of the difficulties that these transitions create. And, I just hope that I can help calm that as much as everybody wants it to be that way, because we have to move forward. And, we have to do what’s right in helping this organization be as strong as it can to serve the people that are here in this community.”
The board reserved any further questions or discussion.

Next, the board tabled any action on the minutes of the September 18 special meeting pending corrections as requested by board member Edward Earwood.

Earwood asked that the record reflect the names of the board members that voted against option B settlement agreement between the SCHD and former CEO Graves during that meeting. The minutes do not show that information.

Schaefer, the board secretary said she wasn’t clear on how to word it. Therefore, she did not include it in the minutes. However, she offered to correct the minutes as stated by Earwood. The amended minutes will be considered in the next meeting.

Lara Teague, Chief Nursing Officer, reported on the current status of infection control and said she will keep the board updated as necessary.
Additionally, she reported on the official start of flu season, October 1, and flu vaccinations currently being offered by the district.

Without any further business, Edwards opened the meeting to visitor comments.

Carl Teaff spoke first. He welcomed Massey and invited everyone to the upcoming Fish Fry set for Sunday. Additionally, he noted that proceeds will go to the Community Trust to benefit local flood relief.

Next, Ben Pool asked about the hiring of both Keilers and Massey to oversee the hospital district. Further, he inquired as to the necessity of having both and the relationship between them and the district. Reminding visitors that he was open to comments only at that time, Edwards said he was available to discuss the matter individually following the meeting or another time.

Jim Brisben commented on the surrounding communities showing support for Sonora and Brigitte Rogers commented on current events regarding flood relief in Sonora.

With no further comments, the meeting was adjourned.

Board President Mark Edwards presided over the meeting. Board members Adelita Alvarez, Mary Humphrey, John Henry Strauch, Noemi Samaniego and Edward Earwood were present. Don Longoria also took a place at the table although he no longer resides in his Precinct or Sutton County. Longoria and his family left Sonora in September to live and work in Sterling City. The First Baptist church confirmed Longoria’s employment as of September 23. Additionally, both have posted about the move on social media. When asked about his board seat and future plans, Longoria said, “No comment.”

The next regular meeting of the Sutton County Hospital District Board of Trustees is set for Monday, November 12, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the County Annex Building.