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:

  • STATE BUDGET: Learned proposed elimination of cost-based reimbursement to critical access hospitals for Medicaid would could reduce reimbursement by $400,000. Dayton General Hospital is one of 38 critical access hospitals in the state that would be affected.

  • ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES: Heard report on Environmental Services Department by Carmen Freidenbach. The department includes housekeeping and laundry, and Freidenbach has also been responsible for painting the inside of the hospital and coordinating some of the projects. She told the board her staff is working well together and with other departments.

  • OFFICE BUILDING: Discussed issues related to the office building. The district rents space in the building to a chiropractor and to public health. Need repairs to the building and the parking lot are estimated at $50,000. District officials will discuss the matter further with tenants.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Discussed new module the districts information technology vendor has developed for physician documentation on hospital patients. Cost is $40,000. Learned the IT department is requesting additional storage space and a backup system for data. The IT committee and the finance committee will discuss the matter in November.

  • COMMUNITY SURVEY: Learned about 250 people completed the survey of the health district. After reviewing results, the board decided a promotional committee will take the results and formulate action plans to implement positive change to the district.

  • FINANCES: Learned revenue was slightly below budget for September. The district received meaningful use dollars, which helped the bottom line, financial officer Gary Schroeder said.

  • QUALITY/INFECTION: Learned all staff has been through hand washing training and will now be monitored. Also learned employee flu shots for the safety of patients is at 85 percent, but 90 percent are expected to receive shots in the next week.

  • ER PROJECT: Learned funding is available for the Emergency Room expansion.


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