Hospital board approves pharmacist's contract
Jewell County Hospital board of trustees met Jan. 23. Present
were Larry Welch, president; Cynthia Clark, Shannon Meier, Lila
Frost and Trevor Elkins. Hospital staff present were Doyle McKimmy,
Krista Ruthstrom, D'Ann Gardner, Rose Alvord. Steve Greene represented
the Jewell County Commissioners,
McKimmy reported he was working on the annual hospital report. The ISB conversion was effective Monday. KDHE originally misunderstood the request and the Department of Aging did not understand the concept. Carol Simon has met with all patients affected by the conversion.
A letter and information about the $130,000 tax credits was distributed in January.
Marilyn Dunstan's contract was reviewed and signed.
Alvord gave the quality and infection presentation reports for November and December and yearly report.
The pharmacy contract for a pharmacy oversight validation was discussed with Alvord present. It was thought there are many good extra services provided in the contract. There is a clause that allows the contract to be terminated with notice at any time. The oversight would be from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. It is not required to have 24-hour validation at this point. Jewell County Hospital will go live in April by Midwest Data Center and the formulary is currently being built. Meier moved and Clark seconded to approve Randy Moyer's pharmacist contract. The motion passed.
GPHA is comparing the two dispensing systems and trying to get the best price for Jewell County Hospital and two other facilities that are currently looking at the system. No decision had been made,
Ruthstrom reviewed the profit and loss statement, balance sheet and board account. D'Ann Gardner gave the stats for December and year end. There were two credentials for approval, Dian Kramer, APRN, and Dr. Joe Barnes, both reappointments. The credentials were approved.
Board members signed the HIPPA contracts for 2014. There were no HIPPA violation incidents in 2013.
During the old business section of the meeting, physician recruitment was discussed. A contract between Sunflower Health Network and Jewell County Hospital has been signed. SHN will be paid only if they are successful in finding a physician. Ruthstrom presented a spread sheet showing the total expenses paid for medical staff in 2013.
An executive session was held. Following the executive session, trustees approved to offer a contract for full time employment for a CEO. At the present time Doyle McKimmy is the CEO.
The board discussed meeting times and dates. Trustees approved beginning in March, meetings will be held on the fourth Wednesday of the month with a 5:30 p.m. start time.
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Family Fun Night
will be March 16
The annual Jewell County Family Fun Night will be held Sunday, March 16, at the Mankato City Building (former armory). Family Fun Night is a fund-raising project coordinated by the Jewell County 4-H Alumni and 4-H Council. The purpose of this annual fund-raising activity is to generate monetary funds and to increase the general public's awareness of the county 4-H program that focuses on youth leadership and community service.
The funds generated from this event will provide financial support to youth as they attend various camps and activities in addition to academic scholarships for Jewell County youth. Jewell County 4-H clubs, 4-H alumni and area businesses donate to help to make this event possible. The following items are still needed to help with the soup supper: six gallons Mexican style chili beans, 10 large pnions, five packages narrow type Amish noodles, four large lemonade containers, 30 packages of eight count hamburger buns, 10 boxes of crackers, 500 pie plates, 300 sturdy soup bowls, 200 spoons and 200 forks.
The evening begins at 4:30 with a soup supper that offers homemade chicken noodle and chili soup, pulled pork and Sloppy Joe sandwiches, pie and other desserts, and a beverage. A free will offering will be accepted.
Every 15 minutes throughout the evening drawings will be held for door prizes, and prizes will be awarded for games. The carnival games, many of which are new this year, will offer activities for the whole family. As a finale, grand prize drawings, will be held for a Kindle Fire HD, a 32-inch Insignia flat screen television, a $200 gift certificate donated by Duis Meats, a space heater donated by Prairie Land Electric, and a Garmin GPS navigator donated by Rolling Hills Electric.
In a separate drawing for which chances have been sold, a cowboy quilt, made and donated by Barbara Heiman, a forme member of Buffalo Valley 4-H Club, will be awarded. Barbara became a 4-H member at the age of eight and remained a member until the age of 18 years when she graduated from high school. Projects for Barbara were breeding heifers, lambs, cooking and sewing. When Barbara was a member, typically, there was just sewing no buying projects and definitely no quilts were made. In the cooking category, everything was from scratch. Barbara didn't start quilting until late in her college years. Actually her roommate in college made her a quilt and this is when Barbara started quilting. Now she belongs to several quilt clubs.
June Saint, Barbara's mother, can't remember anything too serious happening to a project as they were getting around for fair.
"One year when we had our club tour the kids jumped up on the fence of the pen where Barbara had her calf and it really scarred the calf but by the time fair got here things were calmed down. The only other incident that sticks out in my mind was one time she put baking powder in her cake instead of baking soda. 'The two girls were baking and mother and I were canning beans and weren't paying attention. She just had to make another cake," said June.
Barbara is now retired. Proceeds from the quilt drawing will help sponsor scholarships and other 4-H members expenses throughout the year.
Grant paying for demolition work
With funding assistance through a block grant, the City of
Mankato has contracted with Thunder Enterprises to remove five
houses that earlier were determined to be unlivable.
The unoccupied house pictured with this story was located in the 400 block of N. High. It was standing a few days ago. Now it is but a memory.
Greg Wilson, owner of the demolition firm, has two years from the date the grant was received to have the houses removed and the work completed. In addition to the removal of houses being paid for with public funds, several property owners have privately hired Wilson to remove no longer wanted structures.
KDOT awards bid for Jewell County bridge
The Kansas Department of Transportation has approved bids received
at letting Feb. 19 in Topeka.
Work approved for District 2 includes a Buffalo Creek Drainage Bridge for Highway 28 some 2.5 miles west of the Jewell-Cloud county line. Reece Construction Company Inc., Scandia, received the $476,220.05 bridge.
In Cloud County. the U.S. 81, southbound lanes from one half mile to two miles north of Cloud-Ottawa county line, and the southbound lanes from 5.1 miles to 12.7 miles north of the Cloud-Ottawa county line, northbound lanes from 2.4 miles to 1.8 miles south of the U.S. 81 and K-9 junction, for a total of 9.7 miles will be milled and overlaid by Hall Brothers Inc. & Consolidated Subsidiaries, Marysville. Contractd price is $10,983,367.53.
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