Kane County Hospital Board Chairperson Dottie Ratzlaff conducted the November 2, 2010 meeting.

Hospital Administrator Sherrie Pandya announced Emma Norton, as Hospital Auxiliary President, has pledged $40,000 in auxiliary funds to the hospital by the end of 2010. Throughout the years, the Kane County Auxiliary, a volunteer organization, has contributed funds to the hospital by selling items the community has donated to the Thrift Shop for resale. They have reached the million dollar mark in donations. The additional $40,000 is scheduled for the remodeling of the Skilled Nursing Facility.

Administrator Pandya stated the new flooring in the day room has been installed and it looks good. The plan is to do some of the hallway at a later date. 

Board member Karen Alvey commented on how much the hospital board appreciates the Auxiliary and the volunteers who offer who their time and efforts in accomplishing a worthwhile goal.

The Hospital Foundation is another volunteer organization dedicated to promote the general health and welfare of citizens of Kane County and the surrounding areas. Their mission: “Securing financial resources to advance the mission of Kane County Hospital, providing scholarship programs for high school students and offering free educational forums for the community.”

Chairperson Kathleen Salter, representing the Foundation, stated they are starting their fall campaign. The foundation needs to raise $25,000 to purchase Acute Care Hospital Chairs for patient rooms. These chairs will allow family members to have a comfortable place to sleep if they need to stay for a prolonged period of time in the patient’s room. The funds raised will cover the cost of the chairs, as well as the pillows and bedding.

To keep the public aware of their progress, Salter suggested placing a “thermometer type sign/poster” in a prominent location in town that would show the amount of donations raised by the community so everyone could see how well they are progressing. Salter asked the hospital board to consider placing the poster near the wagon across from the old library.

If anyone would like to make a donation, contact Kane County Hospital Foundation, 82 West 300 North, Kanab, UT 84741 or call 435-644-3032. Checks made out to the Hospital Foundation in any amount would be most welcome.

Salter said if a donation for the full amount of one chair were made, a plaque would be put up in the room in honor of the donor. The target goal of the foundation is to raise $25,000 by December 31, 2010

There has been a change in the brokerage company handling the KCH’s 457b plan. Broker Luke Ramsay appeared before the board and explained he had moved from Edward Jones to Chase Bank, and would still like to continue as broker for the new company. Ramsay explained the plan would remain with The Hartford, but just be a different brokerage company.

The board agreed it would be to the hospital’s advantage to deal with a familiar face. There would be no extra cost involved. The board unanimously approved the change.

Administrator Pandya explained about the Blu-Med Drill taking place on November 4. The state strike team and Southwest Rapid Response Team approved the Kane County Hospital location as a good place to conduct this mock disaster and evacuation emergency drill. The Fire Department and the Emergency Medical Service will also be taking part. A decontamination tent will be set up as part of the drill. Pandya stated the training is invaluable, as you never know when any type of disaster might strike.

Director of Nursing Rosalie Esplain commented about the flu season, and advised visitors to the nursing unit to use caution if they have flu-like symptoms such as coughing and fever. Some residents may have a low resistance to their immune systems. Caution signs have been posted throughout the hospital.

The board adopted a tentative budget for 2011. Chief Financial Officer Stephen Howells reported the hospital is doing better than the 2010 budget allowed. Accounts receivable is the lowest its been since 2004. Howells said the hospital’s share of the sales tax monies, (1%), varies, but is up slightly at this time.

Administrator Pandya stated the repairs to the southwest end of the hospital building and grounds caused by the last rainstorm was approximately $4,500. The dirt berms were removed and replaced with gravel and rock, and the ground was sloped away from the building. The problem has existed since the hospital was first constructed. 

The clinic staff is decorating a Christmas tree for auction, with the proceeds going to the Skilled Nursing Facility redecoration floor project. Pandya said other hospital departments might be participating. The trees would be displayed in the clinic waiting room and the hospital lobby with silent auction sheets attached.

Laurali Noteman, Director of Human Resources, announced that Randy Riddle would be the employee of the month.

The next scheduled Hospital Board Meeting will be December 7, 2010.