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 Thursday the board:

  • BUDGET: Following a public hearing on the $9.7 budget for 2011 adopted the budget. The budget is up 2.39 percent over the 2010 budget, and shows an ending fund balance of $213,495. The $9.7 is the net operating revenue. Unanimous.
  • FINANCES: Learned October's net income was a negative $44,625 , leaving a net gain for the year of $301,233. Reason for the downturn was a decrease of inpatient volume during the month.
  • TAXATION: Heard a presentation by Columbia County Assessor Chris Miller on the tax structure for the hospital district.
  • IT/FACILITIES: Information technology specialist Shane McGuire reported to the board on the status of implementing the technology modules. The clinics were implemented last week, and one module remains, McGuire said.
  • PERSONNEL: Learned an occupational therapist has been hired. Abby Schrader, from North Dakota, will start work in January. Also learned department heads are working on a pledge which all will sign. The pledge addresses how to communicate with people, and values of the organization, CEO Charlie Button said this morning.
  • DISASTER DRILL: Learned 10 to 12 hospital staff will participate in a disaster table top drill Nov. 30 at City Hall.
  • COMMUNITY REPORT: Learned the district will publish a report to the community in January. The last community report was done in 2005.
  • CREDENTIALING: Approved putting physician Dr. Kyle Terry on the professional staff. Terry works at the Waitsburg Clinic. Unanimous.


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