Hospital board approves LPN contract

This article submitted by Michael Jacobson on 3/31/99.

The Paynesville Area Health Care System Board of Directors covered several topics at their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 24, but took few official actions.

One official action was to approve a contract agreement with the Licensed Practical Nurses Association. The contract was agreed upon in September, but it took until now to straighten out the language.

Through the meeting minutes from Joint Management Committee on Tuesday, March 23, the board reviewed complimentary medicine at the Eastside Medical Clinic in Belgrade. The Joint Management Committee, comprised of board members and doctors, recom-mended hiring a chiropractor to work in Belgrade. Major insurance providers, including Medicare, told PAHCS they will reimburse the system for chiropractic costs.

The board approved these committee minutes, and Dr. Jason Pederson of Willmar will be working at the Eastside Medical Clinic in Belgrade on an hourly wage as needed.

In other business, the board has two special meetings in the next few weeks. Tonight, at 8 p.m., they will meet with Monte Eastvold of Juran & Moody to discuss the capital cash flow budget for the next 15 years. PAHCS has used that company in the past for bond issues. Willie LaCroix, PAHCS administrator, said the system has physical needs at the Koronis Manor and in several hospital departments. A building project may be needed within the next few years.

On Thursday, April 15, the bids for a new clinic in Richmond will be opened. The bidding period began on March 22. Plans are available by contacting the architects, Richard Engan and Associates, in Willmar.

A special board meeting will be held within 10 days of the bid opening to review the bids and evaluate the project.

Special legislation that would enable the city of Richmond to join the hospital district has passed the House, and will be presented to the Senate.

PAHCS representatives will be attending the Roscoe City Council meeting on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the district and how to join it. Other area governments who have expressed interest in joining the district are: Lake Henry Township, the city of Lake Henry, and Eden Lake Township.

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