January 20, 2015, Hospital District Withdrawal Decision Agenda
BOARD OF GRANITE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
January 20, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
Granite County Commission Decision on Petition for Withdrawal of Drummond High School District #2 from Granite County Hospital District
Call To Order Chairman
Conflicts of Interest Commissioners
- Petition to Withdraw Received on October 22, 2014
- Signatures on Petition were Verified
- 506 taxpayers reside in Drummond High School District #2
- 379 out of 405 signatures on the Petition were Verified; 26 were stricken for a total of 74.9% of taxpayers in Drummond High School District #2 signing the Petition
- A duly noticed Public Hearing was held on the Petition on November 19, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at the Granite County Museum in Philipsburg
- Written public comment was received and accepted through December 1, 2014
- The Commission has read and considered all of the public comment and reviewed the transcript of the Public Hearing on November 19, 2014
- Six persons spoke in opposition to the Petition on November 19, 2014 and of those six, three also submitted written comments. Nineteen additional persons submitted written comments within the written public comment period. Two people submitted written comments after December 1, 2014. Those written comments did not contain any new information.
- Five persons spoke in support of the Petition on November 19, 2014 and of those five, four also submitted written comments. One letter from a person not attending the Public Hearing was read aloud. Twenty-eight additional persons submitted written comments within the written public comment period. One law firm submitted comments on behalf of a group of petitioners.
- Section 7-34-2156 sets forth the statutory criteria regarding the Petition which is whether the area (Drummond High School District #2) benefits by remaining in the district (Granite County Hospital District).
Comments Received Directly Related to Whether the Area Benefits by Remaining in the District:
Comments in Opposition to Granting Petition: Why area is benefitted
Residents of area use/used Drummond Clinic
Residents of area use/used Critical Care Hospital in Philipsburg
Residents of area use/used Emergency Room in Philipsburg
Residents of area use/used Nursing Home in Philipsburg
Residents of area use/used Medical Laboratory in Philipsburg
Residents of area use/used Physical Therapy services
Residents of area attend Health Fairs in Drummond and Philipsburg
Residents of area use Vaccination programs
Residents of area use Dental Clinic
Well-child clinic available
Athletic physicals available
Allergy shots are available
Medications can be and are filled
Drummond Clinic – 71 patients visits August of 2014
60 patient visits September of 2013
Employers in area have employees who benefit from services – important for employers to have medical
services for medical treatment of employees and their families
Dollars service everyone much better in a unified district
Ease of access in an emergency or disaster
Life Flight and Ambulance services provided
Everyone who signed petition is able to derive benefit; it is their choice to
utilize or not utilize services
Podiatrist services offered
Medication dosages can be checked
Assistance with enrolling in insurance programs
Area residents have representation on Hospital District Board
Comments in Support of Granting Petition: Why area is not benefitted
Drummond Clinic takes second place to other services – don’t receive fair share of services
Area residents mostly obtain health care services elsewhere
Drummond Clinic only open two days a week which is inadequate
Drummond Clinic is a walk-in clinic without a primary medical caregiver
Cannot pursue other service providers to run the clinic while area remains in District
Parade of providers at Drummond Clinic – lack of consistent provider
Inconsistent days and hours at Drummond Clinic
No primary care at Drummond Clinic
Transit van and dental van have been discontinued
Elderly in area go to Missoula or other locations in western Montana for nursing homes
Difficult for some areas, i.e. Rock Creek, Drummond and Hall, to travel to Philipsburg in bad weather
Taxation without representation
Some specialized services not available
Nursing home license was let go and those beds in Philipsburg are now long-term beds
Minimal medical benefits provided to the area
Granite County Hospital is not an authorized VA provider
Utilization of services should only be considered after 2009 when the District was created
Long-term care wing accepts person from outside Granite County so no benefit received if you are a
Statistics regarding usage from Granite County Hospital District were provided as part of the Public Comment and were also considered (only statistics from 2009 forward were used as the Granite County Hospital District was created in 2009):
Survey by the Granite County Hospital District:
- Of 117 persons surveyed, 35 had used the Granite County Medical Center in Philipsburg and 0 had used the Drummond Health Center
- Of 115 persons surveyed, 32 of participants from Philipsburg and 3 from Hall had used the Granite County Medical Center. 0 people from Drummond had used the Granite County Medical Center.
- Of 167 persons surveyed in 2012, 40 stated they would use the Granite County Medical Center if someone needed to be hospitalized in their household in the future. Note: The Drummond Health Center is not a hospital and 0 persons stated they would utilize the Drummond Health Center for hospitalization in the future.
- An analysis of 152 persons surveyed showed that 66 persons from Philipsburg, 0 from Drummond and 3 from Hall had utilized the Granite County Medical Center in Philipsburg. 1 person from Philipsburg, 16 from Drummond and 5 from Hall had used the Drummond Health Center.
- An analysis of 48 persons who saw a health care specialist in 2012 showed that 32 saw a health care specialist at the Granite County Medical Center and 3 saw a health care specialist at the Drummond Health Center.
- An analysis of 158 persons surveyed regarding where a member of their household would see a health care specialist in the future showed that 35 participants chose the Granite County Medical Center and 10 chose the Drummond Health Center.
- An analysis of 171 persons who saw a dentist, 15 stated that they saw a dentist in Philipsburg and 0 stated that they saw a dentist in Drummond.
- An analysis of 168 persons surveyed regarding where they would chose for future emergency medical services for a household member showed that 95 stated they would use the Granite County Medical Center.
Granite County Medical Center Utilization Statistics (Average):
- Average Monthly Use of GCMC Clinic in 2010-2011, 209 patients; 2011-2012, 190 patients; 2012-2013, 202 patients, 2013-2014, 182 patients
- Average Visits Per Day at GMC Clinic in 2010-2011, 8 patients; 2011-2012, 9 patients; 2012-2013, 10 patients; 2013-2014, 9 patients
- Average Monthly Use of Drummond Clinic in 2010-2011, 129 patients; 2011-2012, 131 patients; 2012-2013, 126 patients; 2013-2014, 66 patients.
- Average Visits Per Day at Drummond Clinic in 2010-2011, 8 patients; 2011-2012, 8 patients; 2012-2013, 8 patients; 2013-2014, 5 patients.
Public Comment Public
Findings by Commissioners:
Findings will be made by Commissioners on a consensus basis. Findings will be based on public comment and statistics received.
Decision on Petition:
A decision on the Petition will be made by a motion and second. The motion will be discussed prior to a vote on the motion. A written Order detailing the consideration of the Petition and all objections thereto as well as the merits of the Petition will be issued.
Adjourn Hearing Chairman