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SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
4. Approval of the minutes from the Regular and Closed Sessions of August 15, 2011
5. Recognition of Special Guests
6. Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda
9. Departmental Reports:
12. Manager’s Report.
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PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider a request from the Board of Trustees of Catawba Valley Medical Center for approval of a proposed new business model for the center which is expected to improve the delivery of services to patients and save the Center a significant amount of revenue; and will consider a proposed new Work First Plan for 2012-2014, when the Board meets at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2011, in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room of the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
The Board will also consider accepting a grant from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency’s 2011 Urgent Repair Program, which would assist seven low-income households in the county by providing energy efficiency improvements and minor structural repairs. The Board will also receive a report on the settlement of taxes for fiscal year 2010-2011 and adopt a proclamation declaring September as National Preparedness Month in Catawba County.
The new 501(c)(3) corporation would not be subject to the procedural requirements of the Joint Commission, which oversees the accreditation of hospitals and medical centers, but would follow National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) standards, allowing a more practical use of physician and staff time and more focus on patient needs. The NCQA model will provide for a swift transition to practices receiving the Patient-Centered Medical Home designation, further enhancing access for patients and better coordinating their medical needs.
Catawba Valley Medical Group, Inc. will initially include CVMC’s nine primary care practices and a recently-formed cardiology practice. Any additional primary care practices and specialty practices will become part of Catawba Valley Medical Group, Inc. An ad hoc committee of the Board of Trustees of CVMC, consisting of County Commissioner Barbara Beatty, Alan Forshey, MD and Jim Wright was appointed to provide oversight for this project. At a meeting on August 3, 2011, this committee reviewed organizational documents and a recommendation was approved to proceed with this reorganization. Based on this recommendation, the Catawba Valley Medical Center Board of Trustees reviewed the proposal at its August 22, 2011, meeting and resolved to request Board of Commissioners approval of the changes.
If approved, the reorganization will be effective on October 1, 2011. Adoption of the resolution authorizing the organization of Catawba Valley Medical Group, Inc. and the transfer of certain operations of medical clinics to that entity by the Board of Commissioners is recommended by the Board’s Policy and Public Works Subcommittee.
B. SOCIAL SERVICES
On July 11, 2011, the Board voted to pursue “Electing County” status and appointed a committee to assist in development of the County’s Work First Plan. The plan was available for public review and comments at the Department of Social Services, the Social Services web page and Employment Security Commission from August 8, 2011 to August 12, 2011.
The philosophy of the Work First Plan incorporates quality values and organizational standards that reflect respect for the worth and dignity of each and every citizen. Catawba County’s plan takes personal responsibility to the next level, as well as modeling the plan after the ‘real world of work.’ It is the County’s plan to have long-term successful family and child well-being outcomes for the entire Work First population.
“Electing County” status continues to be preferred for Catawba County, as it allows greater flexibility in program administration and the possibility to be financially advantageous, although it will be less advantageous than in past years.
Changes proposed in the 2012-2014 Plan include:
On August 16, 2011, the Catawba County Social Services Board approved the Work First Electing Plan. Adoption of the Work First Plan for 2012-14 is recommended by the Board of Commissioners’ Policy and Public Works Subcommittee.
C. PLANNING, PARKS AND DEVELOPMENT
CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 828-465-8464
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