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 all present Wednesday the board:

  • SPECIAL MEETING: During a special meeting at 5 p.m., approved a motion by Paterson to retain the board's position of allowing termination by cause only, with approval of two board members, pending the outcome of an outside review. Unanimous.


  • WORK ENVIRONMENT: Discussed work environment assessment with consultant Susan Newton of Walla Walla. Newton talked about her credentials and background. The board established a committee to discuss scope of what Newton will do for the Health System. She has not been formally hired.

  • FINANCIAL: Learned there was a loss of revenue of $2,519 for May, with year-to-date finances showing a gain of $280,127. This is slightly above budget, but significantly lower than last year, CEO Charlie Button said.


  • INFORMATION TECHNOLGY: Learned the new computerized patient record system will be operating in certain modules by early August. Because the bond-funded project will be completed this year, and taxes won't be collected until 2011, the board approved interim financing through Banner Bank. Unanimous.


  • SWING BEDS: Learned the swing bed project will be complete within eight weeks. The back hallway is being converted into private patient rooms for the nursing home. With completion of the project, the hospital will have 14 private rooms. Family members have expressed desire for privacy, and the private rooms generate more revenue.


  • EMERGENCY ROOM: Discussed proposed nursing room project, which would expand the ER into the old operating room, creating a second ER room, and a waiting room for the ER. Cost is estimated at $200,000 to $250,000. There is no funding for the project.

  • STAFFING: Learned three nurses will replace Virginia Romine, who was director of nursing for the Booker Rest Home and acute care. All were promoted in-house. Stephanie Carpenter will be director of nursing in the rest home, Pam Hutchison, director of nursing in acute care, and Juliet Steinhoff, assistant director of nursing in acute care. Also learned a new Certified Nursing Assistant class begins June 9.

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