The Kane County Hospital Governing Board held a public hearing on May 6 for the application of a grant for $140,000 from the Citizens Improvement Board (CIB) to assist in the purchase of a new ambulance.

Introduced were general comments in support of the application. Kane County has 7,257 residents and deals with over three million visitors annually. Kane County responded to 561 calls with 47 percent of the calls involving non-residents. The KC Emergency Medical Service (EMS) crew responds to areas between Lake Powell, the Grand Canyon, Zion NP, Cedar Mountain, and is the primary response for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

It was noted the need for a new ambulance is critical to properly serve Kane County residents and visitors. Emergency Medical Services Director Stuart Willoughby has also applied for a grant of $25,000, which Hospital Administrator Sherrie Pandya said has been approved.

Human Resource Director Laurali Noteman talked about a group of citizens who have banded together as a service to the community in establishing a “not for profit” (501c3) shuttle bus service to St. George. The Kanab Stagecoach service beginning May 12, will be Monday/Wednesday/Friday leaving from the Kanab City Airport at 8 a.m. and returning by 5:30 p.m. The service is available to anyone. There is a $30 round trip charge per person. A $10 discount will be given if a rider presents a medical appointment card for dialysis treatments, etc. for the day of travel.

The Stagecoach will make scheduled stops in Fredonia, Hilldale, Hurricane and various locations in St. George. They will need five or six riders per trip to make it worthwhile to cover expenses. It is important for the riders to be on time at the scheduled locations. For information, call 435-644-5001 or kanabstagecoach.com. They are looking for volunteer drivers and office personnel.

Noteman reported on the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop. Gross sales for March were $14,718.93 with 2180 customers.

Noteman also mentioned the Veterans Administration (VA) contact person is George Dunnigan, supervisor of the medical clinic in St. George, 435-634-7608. The VA crisis hot line is 800-273-8255

Chief Financial Officer Stephen Howells reported the 2014 budget has been amended to adapt to the new system and the hospital has a positive cash flow.

Pandya explained the hospital is in the process of standardizing all patient care, based on communication with patients (follow up calls within 48 hours from time of discharge) and input from doctors, nurses and hospital staff. Director of Nursing Charlene Kelly suggested creating a “script” for all the hospital departments to follow.

Dr. Ott, representing the medical staff, emphasized the importance of the standard care procedure.