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Paynesville Press - June 30, 2004

PAHCS earns profit in May

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Area Hospital District took the following actions at their meeting on Thursday, June 24. (The board moved their meeting from Wednesday, June 23, due to Town and Country Days.)

*The board reviewed financial data for the month of May. The Paynesville Area Health Care System earned a profit of $79,100 in May, bringing their year-to-date total to $813,500 through eight months of their fiscal year. This represents an improvement of over $950,000 from last year and exceeds the budget by $487,000.

*The board learned that negotiations continue between PAHCS and the doctors' group on a new contract. The current five-year deal expires in July.

*The board approved the following appointments to the medical staff: Jody Bolton Smith, M.D., (radiology) to the consulting staff; and Darren Glass, M.D., (surgery) and Kevin Smith, M.D., (radiologist) for completing the provisional period. The board also accepted the termination of medical staff privileges for Jeff Arnholt, M.D., (radiologist).

*The board approved a privilege request for James Weeks, M.D., and Dr. Patrick Oakes, M.D., to do closures of saphenous veins (commonly called varicose veins).

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