City of Richmond may join hospital district

This article submitted by Molly Connors on 7/30/96.

The upcoming LPN contract negotiations, elections, plans for the new budget and the possibility of Richmond joining the district were all discussed at the July 24 hospital board meeting.

Hospital Administrator William LaCroix received a contract proposal from the Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association on July 24. Negotiation will begin on August 7.

All city representatives of the board and the at large representative are up for election this year. The terms are four years long. No term limits are in effect. Anyone who wants to run needs to file with his or her city clerk between August 27 and September 10.

The new budget will be completed before the hospital begins its fiscal year 1997 on October 1. LaCroix sees only two major expenses in the next year: a mammography unit and a cell counter. Together, these items will cost around $170,000, LaCroix said.

A detachment of the board will go to the Richmond City Council meeting tonight (July 31). They will discuss the addition of the city of Richmond to the hospital district.

This addition will require special legislation, because the city of Richmond and the Paynesville Area Hospital District are not physically connected through townships. The legislation is not difficult to pass, but it needs a carrier, LaCroix said. Sen. Michelle Fischbach, who was present at the July 24 meeting, agreed to carry the legislation if she is elected.

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