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Paynesville Press - March 1, 2006

Board okays PAHCS mission, vision statements

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Area Hospital District Board of Supervisors took the following actions at their meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

*The board approved a new mission statement and new vision statement with new quality manager Pam Boettcher. Boettcher had previously led a session with the executive council of the board.

The old mission statement for PAHCS was: "Paynesville Area Health Care System's mission is to provide intergrated health care in a community-based, quality concious, caring environment."

Its new mission statement is: "Providing quality care to improve the health and well being of the people and community we serve." The intent is to say basically the same thing as the old mission statement but to be clearer and more concise.

The board also agreed to change its vision statement. The old vision statement was: "Paynesville Area Health Care System shall diligently provide primary health care services of the highest quality." The new vision statement is: "To be the health care provider of choice."

The board also brainstormed on a list of values - such as professionalism, safety, trust, etc. - that PAHCS should embody.

The next step in this quality program is for administration and staff to take the mission statement, vision statement, and values and create strategies for implementing them and goals for measuring them. These will be brought back to the board of directors.

*The board reviewed a schedule to attend meetings of the government entities belonging to the district: city of Richmond on Wednesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m.; city of Roscoe on Wednesday, March 1, at 7 p.m.; city of Watkins (which does not belong to the district, but PAHCS owns and operates the Hilltop Care Center in that city) on Thursday, March 9, at 6 p.m.; city of St. Martin on Monday, March 13, at 7 p.m.; Eden Lake Township on Tuesday, March 14, at 8 p.m.; Paynesville Township on Tuesday, March 14, at 8 p.m.; Roseville Township on Tuesday, March 14, at 8:15 p.m.; Union Grove Township on Tuesday, March 14, at 8:15 p.m.; Zion Township on Tuesday, March 14, at 8:15 p.m.; city of Paynesville on Wednesday, March 22, at 6 p.m.; city of Lake Henry on Monday, March 27, at 7 p.m.; city of Regal on Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m.; and city of Eden Valley on Wednesday, April 5, at 7 p.m.

*The board reviewed financial statements for December and January, which indicated a $197,755 profit for December and a $29,267 profit for January. Through four months of its current financial year, PAHCS has a total profit of $318,424, which is slightly below its budget of $397,646 for that period.

*The board approved several medical staff appointments. George Morris, M.D. (family practice), was appointed to the active staff, having completed his provisional period. Jacqueline Osterhaus, P.A.-C, was appointed to the ancillary staff, having completed her provisional period. Lian Chang, M.D. (psychiatry), and Daniel Schupp, M.D. (radiology), were appointed to the consulting staff, having completed their provisional periods.

Debra Peterson, M.D. (family practice), was appointed to the consulting staff in order to see patients at the Hilltop Care Center in Watkins. She will have to serve a provisional period. And the board approved extending the provisional period for Zane Craig, D.O., to the active staff. His appointment to the active staff was delayed due to a technicality involving the medical staff bylaws.

*The board was informed that the hospital and city had agreed to continue the current lease of the ambulance garage while researching other options for both the hospital and the city. The hospital leases the ambulance garage from the city. Last fall, major mold problems were discovered in the building.

Ambulance staff now stay at PAHCS, chief executive officer Steve Moburg told the board, and the ambulance garage is safe for keeping vehicles.

*The board was informed that Hilltop Care Center scored 31 (out of 40) and the Koronis Manor scored 27 by the state in their first long-term-care scorecards. Moburg said both facilities did quite well, which is a tribute to the staffs, while there is room for improvement, too.

*The board approved a new pay equity report.

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