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Paynesville Press - July 5, 2006

Hospital approves new member of medical staff

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Area Hospital District Board of Directors took the following actions at their meeting on Wednesday, June 28.

*The board approved its May financial statements, which included a profit of $62,875 for the month, bringing the district's year-to-date profits (thru eight months) to $819,924, above the budgeted profit of $757,689 so far.

*The board continued discussions about opening a new clinic in Spicer. Administration has been negotiating with Spicer officials, but no lease has been signed yet.

The Paynesville Area Health Care System - the business name for the hospital district - needs to recruit another physician in order to open a new clinic. Some hospital board members continue to be concerned about Spicer's relative closeness to Willmar (nine miles to Rice Memorial Hospital) and its distance from Paynesville (18 miles).

*The board appointed Dr. Juan Lewis, M.D. (family practice), to the active medical staff. Dr. Lewis started his practice at the Paynesville Area Medical Clinic last week.

*The board appointed Dr. Patrick Heller, M.D., to the consulting staff.

*The board approved a slight change to the medical staff bylaws, allowing an official meeting if half of the member physicians attend, instead of requiring a majority. With ten physicians now on staff, this will allow official meetings when five physicians can attend, instead of requiring six.

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