Southern Utah News Articles
Three Hospital Board positions up for election
Hospital Administrator Sherrie Pandya announced at the May 14 Kane County Hospital Board meeting, there are three board members whose term expires this year. Pandya added anyone wishing to declare candidacy may pick up an application form at the admittance desk in the hospital main lobby. Completed forms must be turned in to Human Resources Director Laurali Noteman between the dates of June 3 and June 7, 2013.
By a unanimous vote, the Hospital Board members, at the April 2 meeting, extended Administrator Pandya’s contract to January 31, 2017.
The Auxiliary reported their April sales were $12,725, with a customer count of 1,816. So far this year, they have deposited a total of $20,000 into the Utah Public Treasurers Investment Fund (PTIF). This fund is used to purchase needed equipment for the hospital.
The purchase of the one-acre lot next to the Thrift Store requested by the Hospital Auxiliary at the April 2 meeting, is still under consideration. The asking price is $280,000. Board member Gene Drake thought it might be a good investment. Drake also wanted to thank all the members of the Auxiliary for their hard work on behalf of the hospital.
Board member Karen Alvey plans on speaking to several businesses in the area to see if they would like to form a partnership in purchasing the land and splitting it. Pandya asked if the county would like to participate. Kane County Commissioner Jim Matson’s response was he didn’t feel the county would be interested in the venture.
David Huber, the Cerner Corporation Project Manager, was present and gave a positive report on the hospital’s outstanding participation in the implementation of the new electronic medical records program started in March. The program, mandated by the federal government for all hospitals, is designed to streamline in-patient and out-patient care, patient safety, communication, efficiency and reimbursement procedures.
Administrator Pandya reminded the board that the clinic is now a total separate unit from the hospital, even though it is located in the same building.
The clinic doctors will still have access to the patient’s hospital records and privileges. The clinic’s medical records are separate from the hospital’s records.
Chief Nursing Officer Charlene Kelly reported there were six babies born in the hospital in one week, five of them born within a two-day period. Kelly announced there would be a World Trauma Training Course held in Kanab on Saturday, May 18.
Commissioner Matson and Administrator Pandya discussed the hospital’s ambulance/EMT service to the Amangiri Resort, Big Water and Page area. Pandya said the hospital’s ambulance service covers from county line to county line. There are places in Arizona the hospital ambulance covers because it is the only service available.
It was decided to pursue more negotiations/payment with Page, etc. Pandya said the ambulance service in Page is privately owned and will not leave the city of Page.
Since the steamer in the kitchen is old and has been repaired several times, the board approved the purchase of a new one at the cost of $6760.
Pandya announced the hospital’s audit should be completed by the end of the month. Also the Community Impact Board (CIB) has changed their funding rules requiring loans instead of grants.