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Paynesville Press - May 4, 2005

PAHCS moves forward with clinic in Cold Spring

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Area Hospital District Board of Directors took the following actions at their meeting on Wednesday, April 27.

*The board authorized administration to sign a five-year lease agreement for space for a new clinic in Cold Spring. PAHCS will have the option for another five-year lease, CEO Steve Moburg told the board. PAHCS has identified Cold Spring as a growth area, with 11 percent of its patients at the Richmond Area Medical Clinic having a Cold Spring zip code in a survey two years ago.

PAHCS remains committed to their clinic in Richmond and is still recruiting two new physicians for primary care.

*The board reviewed a new Omnicell medication distribution system with Kris Cervin, Pharm.D. The automated inventory and distribution machine started operation in the hospital in February 2005.

*The board reviewed its March 2005 financials with CFO Kirk Johnson. PAHCS showed an operating loss of $27,200 in March, mostly due to variances with several expenditures, including nearly $100,000 in additional health insurance costs due to greater utilization, nearly $65,000 in volume-related supplies, and $33,000 in additional Minnesota Care Tax to legislative changes in the calculation of the tax.

*The board approved appointing Edward Green, M.D. (allergist) to the consulting staff and approved Nicholas Reuter, M.D. (oncology) as completing his provisional period.

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