Hospital Administrator Sherrie Pandya recommended to the Hospital Board at the March 5, 2013 meeting, a 3% cost of living increase for the hospital employees, with an additional 2% on the employee’s anniversary date. The increase is based on the Consumer Price Index. The board, conducted by Chairman Chad Szymanski, approved the recommendation, which will become effective the first payroll in April. The increase was included in the 2013 budget.

It is official; Pandya announced the clinic is now a separate entity from the hospital. Central Utah Clinic has taken over management of the clinic, now known as Southern Utah Clinic. They are not moving, but renting the south side and four rooms on the north side of the clinic space. The doctors will still have hospital privileges. The billing system and medical records system will be separate.

Pandya talked about “going live” on March 3 with the Cerner Electronic Medical Records system. The Cerner Corporation is an international health care information technology corporation that specializes in providing complete systems for hospitals and other medical organizations to manage and integrate all electronic medical records, computerized physician order entry and financial information. The system will create positive results in improving and standardizing patient care.

The hospital will retain patients existing paper medical records according to state and federal regulations.

Chief Nursing Officer Charlene Kelly announced the hospital nurses have been invited by the University of Utah for training in labor delivery surgery. The training will begin in May in Salt Lake City at no charge to the hospital.

Human Resources Director Laurali Noteman reported on her efforts in reforming the Hospital Foundation. She is in the process of contacting members to set up a meeting date to go over projected goals.