Hospital puts out bids for new chiller

This article submitted by Peter Jacobson on 2/24/98.

The Paynesville Area Health Care System [PAHCS] board accepted the low bid of $27,825 for the purchase of an 80-ton air cooled chiller from Trane. This unit will replace the one that cools all of the portion of the hospital complex that was constructed before 1980 and the 1983 patient wing addition. The delivery date for the new chiller is approximately seven weeks.

Bids still need to be received by March 12, 1998 for the chiller installation and cooling system upgrade. The upgrade needs to be done, according to Willie LaCroix, administrator, to allow the new chiller to operate at peak efficiency.

Representatives from PAHCS will be attending the meetings of the cities and townships that are in the hospital district in the next couple of months. They will be reviewing the auditors report for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 1997 and also giving an overview of the facility. There also is a possibility that LaCroix will be invited to the Munson Township board meeting to discuss the hospital district with them.

Munson Township does not currently belong to the district. Should they decide to join, the city of Richmond could join the district without needing special legislation, because they would then be contiguous to the current district.

The board approved the permanent appointment of Randy Nelson, D.O. to the active medical staff, and Keith Leavell, M.D. to the consulting staff [Pulmonology]. Both doctors have completed their provisional period on staff.

The board also approved the appointments of Andrea Joplin, M.D., Gregory Meyers, M.D., and Mary Jo Oyen, M.D. to the consulting staff of the Paynesville Area Hospital subject to the 12-month provisional period.

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