In the minutes - Columbia County Health System


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:

  • THERAPY DOG: Hospital employee Loretta Hatfield introduced her dog Max to the board. Max will be visiting the nursing home regularly to spend time with residents.
  • BUDGET: Conducted first reading of 2011 budget. The proposed budget shows a net gain of $216,562. Total net revenue in the budget is $9.7 million, an increase of 2.4 percent over the 2010 budget.
  • QUALITY: Discuss quality and infection control. Flu shots have been offered to employees and community members several times this fall. The district is trying to promote a higher level of employees receiving flu shots, CEO Charlie Button said this morning.
  • WELLNESS: Jody Martin reported to the board on activity in the dietary department. A new oven is being installed, and the department has increased the amount of catering.
  • COLUMBIA CARES: Martin also recapped activities of Columbia Cares, a coalition for healthy youth and families. During the summer the program sponsored activities for teens. She described grants being sought, and described current activities, including a challenge with the business community. The challenge includes activities such as tap dance, work out sessions, and speakers on health topics. Four district employees will be in Seattle next week at the Washinton Health Foundation teHeaHHeao be recognized for efforts to promote wellness. Attending are Clay Lindsay, Lynn Mantz-Powers, Martin, and Button.
  • BOARD EDUCATION: Discussed dates for board training with the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts.
  • FINANCES: Learned the district had a net gain of $30,289 for September.
  • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Learned the next phase of implementation of the new technology system is taking place in the Waitsburg and Dayton Clinics. Next week employees will be trained on the system, and the clinics will go live on the system during the second week in November.
  • SWING BED: Learned the swing bed project is complete. Six residents are occupying the new rooms, and are very happy with their new space, Button said.
  • PERSONNEL: Learned the management team is meeting regularly. Certified nursing assistants are being hired to fill vacancies in the nursing home.
  • ORGANIZATION CHART: Approved a new organization chart that reduces the number of staff directly reporting to Button to 12 from 23. Unanimous.


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