MCHHS Monthly Board of Trustees Meeting

The Mitchell County Board of Trustees met last night for their monthly meeting to meet the new interim consultant for the hospital, to hear a report from The Endowment and Foundation, and to discuss other necessary action for MCHHS.

Roger Pearson, who has a background in farming and hospital administration, will serve as the interim consultant to take the place of Hospital Administrator David Dick until a permanent replacement can be found. Mr. Pearson is originally from California, but served in various hospital administration positions, including one in Ellsworth, before retiring and doing special project work for Salina Regional Health Center.

The search for a new hospital administrator is going well, and there are three candidates scheduled to come to Mitchell County to interview and visit the area. The Board has been working with American Consultants to locate candidates, and is pleased with the work they have done to provide quality candidates for this position.

The Endowment and Foundation reported that yesterday's reception honoring Dr. Douglas Drake went very well with around 50 guests attending, including some of Dr. Drake's family. A wall and piece of art in Dr. Drake's honor were unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the reception.

It was also reported that work at The Perdue House is going well. Remodeling efforts are progressing, and it is anticipated that the facility will be open by this summer. The current Leadership Mitchell County class is chipping in by performing community service at The Perdue House by cleaning debris out of the yard and doing some general clean-up around the grounds. The Foundation also let the Board know that it appreciated the volunteer efforts of John Cashatt in helping with the construction work being done on the house.

Another important item reported by The Foundation is that they will be taking applications from local high school seniors for scholarships from the Melvin File estate. Seniors are encouraged to apply for this scholarship if they are continuing their education to pursue a career in healthcare.

Action items approved by the Board last night included the purchase of a CT scanner to be finalized in July, the purchase of new patient monitors (contingent upon approval from medical staff and favorable reviews by at least three other hospitals) along with a five-year warranty for the monitors, an upgrade to Olympus surgical cameras, and the financial assistance and billing and collections policies.

The Board also recognized employees' years of service anniversaries for March. Employees celebrating anniversaries this month are Carissa Ernst, five years, Kem Clemons, five years, Alice Hamel, 10 years, John Kemmerer, 10 years, Mary Prohaska, 10 years, and Jo Rehmert, 40 years. The Board congratulates these employees on their years of service accomplishments and is happy to have so much experience in their organization.

The Board finished their meeting last night with an executive session to discuss medical staff credentials and risk management.


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