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Construction begins on Kane County Hospital heliport
The Kane County Hospital Governing Board held their monthly meeting on September 7 in the Hospital Conference room. Hospital Administrator Sherrie Pandya stated four bids for the earth and cement work on the helipad and bulk oxygen tank were received. Larry Rose Construction submitted the lowest bid of $68,774. Chief Finance Officer Stephen Howells contacted the contractor’s references and they were all favorable. The board members decided to go with this lowest bid.
The heliport will be on the west side of the hospital grounds near the Emergency Room (ER) entrance. The bulk oxygen tank will be at the back of the hospital. Howells said construction should be completed in approximately 45 days.
Hospital Auxiliary President Emma Norton authorized the withdrawal of $20,000 from the Utah Public Treasurers Investment Fund (PTIF), with $12,000 applied towards the construction of the heliport and the oxygen tank. Pandya said the balance would be used for the miscellaneous remodeling and items needed for the nursing home.
The auxiliary deposits money to the PTIF account through sales generated by the Hospital Thrift Shop operations that turns “discards to dollars.”
Human Resources Director Laurali Noteman relayed the following information from the Auxiliary Treasurer’s report for July 2010 compiled by Treasurer Floyd Norskog and submitted by Norton: Year to date shop expenses, $21,711.06; Sales year to date $51,290.23; actual number of customers to date 10,393.
Year to date, the auxiliary has deposited $35,000 into the Utah Public Treasurers Investment Fund (PTIF). Funds are drawn from this account as needed for hospital equipment etc.
This transaction brings the total auxiliary contributions to the hospital to over $1,000,000. Secretary Karen Alvey stated the auxiliary members both past and present should be extremely proud of their time and efforts in making this community project possible. The hospital board is planning a big celebration in appreciation honoring all auxiliary members.
On behalf of Foundation President Kathleen Salter, Noteman announced the upcoming schedule of the Foundation’s free educational health forums to be held in the clinic’s waiting room. Brochures will be made available with the program dates and times.
All forums will be held at 7 p.m. On September 16, Dr. Ott will present a session on Sports Medicine for parents. On September 23, Hernan Gareaud, P.A. is giving a talk on hypertension, the causes, treatment and prevention. Øn September 30, there will be a session on Why do I need a Will? On October 7, Dr. Salter will speak on: Are you at risk for a Heart Attack? On October 14, Hernan Garreaud, P.A. will talk about strategies to quit smoking. On October 21, Vern Ratzlaff CFC will talk about estate planning.
A brochure explaining the foundation, their programs and goals was in the Wednesday, September 8 edition of the Southern Utah News.
Public Relations: Noteman informed the members Congressman Matheson would be touring the Kane County Hospital and visiting with the residents on September 8.
Linda Tait is the hi-lite employee of the month.
Noteman announced Points of Interests obtained from the Local Interagency Council (LIC) /Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). 11,000 sand bags were used during the recent flood with a life expectancy of 90 days before they start to deteriorate.
In the month of July, Kane County Care & Share delivered 10,000 pounds of food within the county.
Pandya spoke about the Kane County Health Fair to be held on September 18 and the hospital’s participation.
Howells reported revenue from inpatient visits and the clinic was down a little. The expenses were also down. He said the hospital is doing better than the 2010 budget allowed. The budget is created from the prior year’s actual figures.
Pandya reported the Kanab Women’s Forum requested a donation for their meeting in March 2011. The board decided to acknowledge their request with a donation of $310.
Pandya informed the board that the Community Impact Board (CIB) did not approve the hospital’s request for grant monies to purchase a new CT scanner. They offered a $300,000 five-year loan at 4.5% interest.
The CIB felt the CT scanner was a revenue-producing piece of equipment for the hospital and that money could be used to repay the loan. The governing board discussed the issue and decided to postpone any final decision at this time.
Pandya announced Brian King, the attorney for the Ramsay/Smalling lawsuit, on behalf of the hospital employees against the hospital re: the Utah State Retirement System, has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court of Utah, and the hospital may hear a resolution on that appeal within a year. Howells said the hospital’s legal fees on the lawsuit have been $200,000 since January 2009.