Kane County Commissioner Jim Matson announced at the Kane County Human Resources Special District (Hospital Board) meeting on September 4, 2012 that the county commissioners recently released the hospital’s share of the 1% sales tax monies. The board members and the hospital administration voiced a big “thank you.” 

Kane County Hospital Administer Sherrie Pandya asked about obtaining reimbursement money for the hospital’s ambulance services during the recent Shingle Fire.

Matson responded the county commissioners are working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), who authorized funding for, not only the hospital, but for many other agencies within the area that provided services during the disaster. It just takes time.

Former Hospital Foundation Chairperson Kathleen Salter introduced Brindy Harris, a senior at Valley High School, who received a scholarship from the Foundation to attend Southern Utah University’s Rural Scholar Health Camp. Harris talked about the 20 different classroom activities that were available, including learning about nursing, dentistry, etc. Harris thanked the Foundation for the opportunity.  

Dr. David Salter, representing the medical staff, informed the board that the newest addition to the clinic staff, Physicians Assistant (PA) John Emmett, is working out very well. The medical staff is still working on increasing the clinic’s medical staff and on their organizational plans.

Registered Nurse Charlene Kelly was introduced and will be taking over as the hospital’s Director of Nursing when Nurse Rosalie Esplin retires sometime in October. Kelly stated she had worked at Intermountain Healthcare for 31 years. 

Human Resources and Public Relations Director Laurali Noteman announced an open house is scheduled for Thursday, September 13 to rotate and display a series of new paintings for the hospital hallway. Also a new in-house wellness program has been created.

Finance: CFO Stephen Howells reported patient visits are down. Matson commented maybe it is because people are becoming healthier. 

Administrator Pandya’s report: The hospital needs to replace the 15-year-old anesthesia machine. It will not recalibrate itself. The monitor measures the amount of oxygen that is mixed with the anesthesia gases. It has been difficult to get repair parts. Bids were received on both new and refurbished machines, with the cost about the same. The board approved the purchase of a new machine at an approximate cost of $33,500.

Pandya announced the Cerner Electronic Medical Record Keeping project is going well and is scheduled to go live in March of 2013.