Dr. David Salter announced at the August 6 Kane County Hospital Board meeting, he has submitted his resignation from the staff of the Southern Utah Clinic, effective the end of August 2013. Salter, a staff member since September 2008, said he has thoroughly enjoyed his stay in Kanab; there have been no problems with the hospital/clinic situation. The main motivation in the decision is to relocate to be closer to family members who live out of the area. Salter said he would miss his wonderful patients, co-workers and friends.

On behalf of the hospital board, Gene Drake extended a thank you to Dr. Salter for his contribution to the medical well being of the citizens of Kane County, and wished him well on his new endeavors.

Medical Staff Business: At the recommendation of the medical staff, the board approved granting hospital privileges to P.A. Mark Overas, who expressed an interest in working at the Kane County Hospital. Overas was the P.A. at the Fredonia Clinic and also did some contract work in Afghanistan. Salter said Overas will be under the supervision of the medical staff.

Ben Beckstead and Derrill Adair were present at this board meeting as applicants to complete the term of board member Dottie Ratzlaff, who recently resigned. Since both gentlemen were equally qualified, the board members voted a flip of a coin was the best way to decide. Adair was appointed as the replacement board member to fill the two-year term.

Chief Nursing Officer Charlene Kelly reported she is interviewing applicants for several job openings in her department. Georgia Hammon is the new Employee Health Care Nurse.

Human Resource Director Laurali Noteman talked about the hospital’s website that contains job listings and general information about the hospital. Visit: www.kchosp.net or just type in Kane County Hospital Kanab Utah, several options are available.

Administrator’s Report:

The Hospital Foundation is undergoing a reorganizing process. Member Karen Alvey plans on contacting each member to help with the process.

The Auxiliary land purchase is still under consideration. Several alternatives to the original request have been approached, but were not a feasible solution to the Auxiliary’s parking problem.

Administrator Sherrie Pandya discussed the Independent Auditor’s Report recently completed. Their opinion: “In all material respects, the financial position of the Kane County Human Resource Special Service District, d/b/a Kane County Hospital, as of December 31, 2012, and the changes in its financial position and its cash flows for the year then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.”

Next topic of discussion: The required Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to be adopted by the end of 2013. Pandya reported at the first meeting there were 22 community members, two board members and four hospital administrative staff members present. Dan Jones & Associates have been conducting phone surveys throughout the area to help with the assessment.

The Telemedicine Project: The hospital has set up a time line to have the required infrastructure in place by August 16, with test runs by August 30. Diabetic education classes are tentatively scheduled for September 23.

Pandya spoke about HIPAA, the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and its importance. HIPAA is a major federal law that protects the security and privacy of patients’ health information communicated electronically.

A security risk analysis is required as part of the meaningful use of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) program. Modern Compliance Solutions is conducting the analysis this month. Once that is completed, the hospital can apply for incentive monies to help offset the cost of installing the program.