The GFF Board met at 6:00 pm at the office of
Lee Jennings. Present were Dr. Sylvia
Washington, Drs. Cindy and Paul Shumpert, Dr.
Willie Ree Howell, Dr. David Kearnes, Dr. George
Faile, Laurie Douglas, Vickie Barnes, Jarratt
Bryan, Lee Jennings, Martha Cates, and Bill and
Phyllis Casey. Paul opened the meeting with
Bill Casey and Rodney Dockter are with
Global Health Administration Partners, and will
be going to Baptist Medical Centre in October to
work with the administrative staff. Rodney
joined us at the meeting by speaker phone. Bill
talked with us about some of his objectives and
asked us about areas of concern. He stressed his
intention to go in as a partner, being mindful
of cultural situations such as calling on the
chief. He wants to work with the staff rather
than taking over. This first visit will be a
fact-finding and relationship-building visit.
There may be other areas that could be aided,
not necessarily just accounting and financial
areas. The hope of the Board is that with this
help the hospital can become self-sufficient and
self-supporting. Training and follow-up are very
important. Rodney will be able to provide some
help remotely. There will be future visits if
all goes well with this first one. Concerns
expressed by the Board include help with
tracking inventory, accounting for donated
supplies, updated lists of bills/debts, and in
general bring modern accounting standards to
Lee Jennings moved and David Kearnes seconded
the motion to give Paul permission to sign the
MOU with GHAP when it is finalized. Motion
From George and Paul after their trip to BMC
in June: Two Ghanaian doctors, Drs. Victoria and
Emmanuel, seem willing to stay full time. They
are paid by the government but BMC needs need to
supplement that income. We will consider extra
funding up to $1000 each per month, plus sending
them every other year to a continuing
education/Christian conference. The Board will
consider this after hearing back from GHAP. The
Ebola scare has faded, so volunteers have picked
up again. Francis is doing a good job managing
the guest house at BMC. Other good news is that
Heidi Hahn had a baby, and they are both doing
Paul reported a balance of approximately
$1,470,000. Lee said that we need to keep most
of our assets in cash at this time, but can
possibly look at some bond funds that would be
Financially, the housing at BMC is stable
since the volunteer numbers have increased.
Houses 7 & 8 should be torn down and rebuilt. We
will not do this until we have a written housing
agreement with the Ghana Baptist Convention.
Jarratt has updated the website. We discussed
a Facebook presence for GFF. Vickie and Jarratt
will work on this. Sylvia pointed out that the
doctors at BMC have blogs.
Cindy and Paul will be on a leave of absence
from March to September in 2016. Lee Jennings
will help them by screening the
students/residents who apply for money from us.
He will be able to send the checks to them.
The Board will meet when the team from GHAP
returns with a report.
The meeting was adjourned.