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Paynesville Press - December 13, 2006

Hospital board
certifies November elections

The Paynesville Area Hospital District Board of Directors took the following actions at their meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6. This serves as the monthly meeting for the board for November and December. The board next's meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m., at which time the hospital district's annual audit will be presented.

•The board certified results from the general election in November. Elected to four-year terms on the board were: Mike Hansen, Union Grove Township, 234; Lois Johnson, Paynesville Township, 607; Joe Musel, Roseville Township, 198; Sarah Olmscheid, city of Lake Henry, 35; Rich Philabaum, city of Roscoe, 39; Don Thomes, Zion Township, 119; and Deb Vogt, city of Richmond, 597.

•The board reviewed the district's financial statements for October, which showed a profit of $170,392. For the last several years, the district has operated at a loss in October, so this profitable month was good news.

The district's fiscal years run from October to September, so October was the first month in the district's 2007 fiscal year.

•The board approved an annual review of CEO Steve Moburg, indicating strong satisfactory work and approved two bonuses, based on financial performance and other statistical criteria, for Moburg.

•The board approved the following reappointments to the medical staff: active staff - Dr. Zane Craig, D.O.; Dr. George Morris, M.D.; Dr. Randy Nelson, D.O.; and Dr. Randall Zimmerman, M.D.; and ancillary staff - Gene Beavers, P.A.-C; Gregory Friederichs, O.D.; Janet Jacobson, P.A.-C; Mark Janorschke, CRNA; Jacqueline Osterhaus, P.A.-C; Robert Sartoris, O.D.; and Kevin Zimmer, CRNA.

•The board was informed that the review of offering dialysis services had been completed. A critical mass of 12 to 16 patients would be needed to make this service feasible, administration told the board, and only five users and three potential users were identified in the area. Another need would be to find a specialist who would visit Paynesville to review these cases, with only one willing potential partner (Rice Memorial Hospital) identified.

•The board was informed that a telephone survey will be conducted in Spicer to better learn about community support for a clinic there. The Paynesville Area Health Care System - the trade name for the hospital district - has been approached by Spicer community leaders about establishing a clinic in that town.

•The board was informed that the hospital system learned it was not eligible for a state grant for a handicap van for Hilltop Care Center in Watkins. A grant application had been previously approved by the board. Instead, the district is looking at a van as a foundation project, the board was told.

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