Authority approves website, budget

ALBANY -- The Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County has approved the launch of a new website, a move officials say will promote transparency.

The site, which will be www.haadc.org, will include a history of the authority, contact information, member biographies, meeting minutes, financial information, a Phoebe Putney Health System facilities map and news concerning the authority.

The move to create the website, which was designed by a member of the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital marketing staff, was prompted primarily by recent public interest in the authority.

"The Federal Trade Commission controversy prompted a lot of questions about the authority," said Authority Chair Ralph Rosenberg. "This (website) has taken a lot of time and effort.

"We determined it was best to establish this information and post it all on the website."

Dr. John Inman, the authority's assistant secretary, asked at its Thursday meeting why the minutes were being posted onto the site.

"It's to make this information available to the public," Rosenberg replied. "Everything except closed sessions are open to the public."

Inman then responded: "I understand."

A presentation of the website was made to the authority, after which it approved the site's launch within the next 10 days. Phoebe officials said Thursday they would be alerting media outlets as to the precise launch date.

Kerry Loudermilk, chief financial officer at Phoebe, presented a budget for Fiscal Year 2012. Total revenue, as well as total expenses, are expected to be $14.8 million. Unrestricted net assets at the end of the year will be $201,311, one dollar more than they were at the beginning of the year.

The same documents also show that the unaudited figures for the fiscal year that just ended reflect $19.1 million in total revenue, and $18.9 million in total expenses. The unrestricted net assets were $33,272 at the beginning of the year and $201,310 at the end of the year.

The budget was approved by the authority.

Shortly before the meeting's adjournment, Phoebe Putney Health System CEO Joel Wernick made a presentation to the authority, which gave an overview of what is to come through Fiscal Year 2015.

In the next four years, officials expect to plug $50 million into new buildings as well as $15.4 million into radiology equipment. Another $52.7 in improvements will be made within the main hospital and various office buildings.

When combined with information system improvements and plant initiatives, Phoebe is anticipating to spend $404.8 million over the next four years.

The next scheduled authority meeting is set for Nov. 17.