In the minutes - Columbia County Health System

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Members of the Columbia County Health System board of directors are Ted Paterson, Lisa Naylor, Jack Otterson, Jim Kime and Blaine Bickelhaupt. With Naylor absent Thursday the board:

  • ASSESSMENT: Heard report on assessment of work environment in District facilities by consultant Susan Newton. Interviews will be completed Friday, Newton said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Heard report o n implementation process new information technology. The system is scheduled to go live Sept. 1. Departments are supplying data to the company that is installing the system so files can be built. New computers will be purchased for point of care areas.
  • BOND: Passed a resolution to buy a $660,000 bond through Banner Bank, for interim financing of the new technology system. The tax levy approved by voters will not be available until 2011, and the bond allows the district to implement the technology system this year. Unanimous.


  • BUILDING PROJECTS: Learned the swing bed project has final approval from state. The project is complete except for doors, which will be received within six weeks. The swing bed area is a converted hallway at the back of the hallway, and expands the nursing home by adding single rooms for residents. It also increases the nursing home capacity by three residents.

  • FINANCIAL: Learned there was a net gain of $23,556 for the month of June.

  • TELEMEDICINE: Learned Dr. Michael Luce and the staff internet technology person are at a conference in California networking with different physician groups that can help in implementing the telemedicine system.


  • NURSING HOME: Learned the district has received letters from the state and Centers for Medicare and Medicade Services indicating the district is in compliance. The district is preparing a room for family members to visit with residents in privacy, which is across from the day room. It will be ready by next week.

  • SURPLUS: Passed resolution to dispose of surplus property, including some printers and computers. Unanimous.

  • STAFFING: Learned open positions are being filled.


  • CREDENTIALING: Learned physician assistant Alina Niculaescu now has active privileges at the hospital.

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