Board of County Commissioners
Gadsden County, Florida
Workshop to Discuss North Florida Rural Health Corporation
February 22, 2023
Present: Kimblin NeSmith, Chair, District 3
Eric Hinson, Vice-Chair, District 1
Alonzetta Simpkins, District 2
Brenda Holt, District 4
Ronterious “Ron” Green, District 5
Edward J. Dixon, County Administrator
Clayton Knowles, County Attorney
Marcella Blocker, Deputy Clerk
CALL TO ORDER, INVOCATION, PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Chair called workshop to order at 4:05 p.m., Commissioner Green gave the invocation and the
Chair NeSmith welcomed everyone to the workshop.
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Chair NeSmith read aloud the above statement.
Discussion of North Florida Rural Health Corporation
Col. Walter Presha, Board Chair, appeared before the Board and he introduced others with him.
Holt appeared at 4:12 p.m.
Kyle Kwik, President and CEO of North Florida Rural Health Corp. appeared before the Board.
Floyd Hill, Chief Information Officer, appeared before the Board and gave background on Col. Presha.
Mr. Kwik reappeared before the Board and introduced Gayle Williams, CEO, along with the rest of the Advisory Board; the Executive team, the Medical Director and the Providers.
He explained for the first 12 months of operations, NFRH has had an operating budget of approximately $4,037,000. The estimated economic impact is over $7,000,000. Studies show that for every $1 Million spent from indigent
Green stepped out at 4:20 p.m.
Mr. Kwik said was asking for a 3-year funding request. They are asking for $1 Million per year fund allocation. Year 1 the funds are placed in a pool for NFRH to draw down for patient services. Year 2 $100,000 is advanced for the LIP matching program via IGT to ACHA for uncompensated medical care cost and cost of medical services for the uninsured. Year 3 $100,000 is advanced for the LIP matching program via IGT to ACHA for uncompensated medical care cost and cost of medical services for the uninsured. Clinic will provide $100,000 worth of services before drawing from pool. Reassess fund allocation for uninsured.
every uninsured patient, there is $150.00 charge, also with dental; Pharmacy
Mr. Kwik said currently they were not operating, the first will be in Chattahoochee, second in ….
Commissioner Green asked if he could give them a county that has a similar program and Mr. Kwik said Ms. Williams would address.
Ms. Williams, Chair, appeared before the Board and gave her background. She said there was 2 plans in Polk County and her organization has a fixed price program
NeSmith asked if the program they were planning to put in Chattahoochee would model the Polk County program and he said yes.
Green asked if they were able to accumulate funding
Green left at 4:50
Holt said need to schedule this and move on it.
NeSmith said this Board understood the need for health care services here.
Hypothetically, $1 Million will be earmarked for NFRH, they will send bill for $100,000, the next year $100,000 will be sent to the State for a match; next year
Holt asked Ms. Daniels the amount in the Indigent Care fund and she said right now around $2 Million. Holt asked how much interest was collected every year and she was not sure. Holt asked for distribution of last 5 years and
Simpkins stepped out at 5:13 pm.
There was more conversation concerning the amount that is paid out of the Indigent account and how much is left on the bond. Holt also stated this information was needed before the meeting.
Simpkins returned at 5:19 p.m.
Hinson left at 5:21 p.m.
There was more round table discussion regarding the program.
Hinson returned at 5:29 p.m.
Hinson suggested they have a workshop on the indigent tax program so they could better understand.
Hinson thanked them for coming
MOTION TO ADJOURN