Roosevelt General Hospital recipient of federal, state funds

By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer

Roosevelt General Hospital will receive more than $200,000 in federal and state-matched funds.

The funds are made available to sole-community provider hospitals by the New Mexico Excess Gross Receipt Tax, said James D’Agostino, RGH administrator.

“A hospital in New Mexico did not apply for the excess funds,” D’Agostino said. “The excess funds could then be requested by sole-community providers.”

The funds will be used toward operation funds and indigent claims, D’Agostino said.

The purpose of the fund is to provide care to the indigent population, according to a New Mexico Taxation and Revenue release. Hospitals receive a federal match of approximately 3-to-1, according to the release.

In other business, a motion to set term limits for board members was voted down.

The vote ended in a 2-2 vote, which means it did not pass.

Limiting the terms of board members would have provided the opportunity for new ideas, according to board member Lydia Ornelas, who introduced the motion.

No specific term limit was discussed.

Peggy Davis also voted for the limitation.

Darwin Chenault and board chairman Terry Cone voted against the motion.

“This is a strictly volunteer position. There is no pay. A person should be able to volunteer their time and efforts as long as they wish,” Chenault said.

Following the open meeting, the board discussed a personnel matter pertaining to a hospital employee for an hour and a half.

No action was taken.