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Hospital Board receives extensive report


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By Shirley Newman

The Dallam-Hartley Counties Hospital Board met on Thursday, March 26 in the board room at Coon Memorial Hospital at 7:00 p.m. 

Sue Londenberg reported extensively on the Nursing Home.  Regarding staffing Sue reported they are still in need of a permanent DON in the Nursing Home; nursing systems are improving with a review of the policies and procedures with the RNs and LVNs; and they are working on collecting the bad debts that have accumulated since January 1.  She also reported to aide in higher reimbursement from Medicaid, the second class for Restorative Aides will be held in April; plans are being made to initiate the first steps to improve the resident’s dining experience; the big screen TV is a huge success with the residence and they are very appreciative of that; volunteers or additional dining aides are needed to assist with feeding the residents who are unable to feed themselves; the Nursing Home will be investigating the needs and begin training the staff on the proper life safety practices in relationship to evacuation procedures due to fires, bad weather and other disaster conditions; the life safety plans will be in compliance with the state to meet all codes.

It was also reported that the Legacy Assisted Living has an occupancy level of 25 residents, (7 Medicaid and18 Private Pay); the waiting list is currently at 29; the fund raising event is scheduled for May 9 and the theme is “Delectable Delicacies from around the World.”  The funds will be used to purchase outdoor amenities and possibly a portable green house.  The Legacy is currently fully staffed with 12 employees. 

The board discussed the financial reports provided by Leroy Schaffner, CEO and Sue Londenberg, Interim Nursing Home Administrator.  The board approved Carla Kelly, CRNA, for appointment following Leroy Schaffner’s report on the medical staff. 

Other business conducted was financial report was given, approval of the minutes of the previous meeting, new business, old business, Legacy report, and nursing home report.

Attending the meeting were board members, Curtis Carl Chisum, Seito Mellema, Kay Bezner, Dwight Gray, Rita Gergen, and Tom White.  Staff members present were Donny Pettit, CEF; Leroy Schaffner, CEO; JoAnn Stilwell, Administrative Assistant; and Sue Londenberg, Interim Nursing Home Administrator.