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Health District approves expenditures for vehicle, beds and resealing

Lake Health District’s Board of Directors authorized the purchase of a vehicle for the district up to $13,500 in cost during its Thursday, Sept. 5, monthly business meeting.

Tveit noted that the district had budgeted $10,000 for the purchase of a more fuel-efficient vehicle for the district’s varied business-related travels – their current vehicle is a Ford Expedition — but requested leeway for additional funds for the purchase of a Chevrolet Impala.

The board additionally approved the expenditure of up to $40,475 for resealing of the hospital’s parking lot, a process for which $20,000 had been budgeted.  The higher cost is due to a level of extensiveness that the budgeted figure did not encompass.

Tveit noted that the cost would likely increase if the district were to perform half of the work now and half later, due to the additional cost of bringing the necessary equipment back.

A final purchase approved by the Board included the purchase of 12 patient care beds at a price of $2,098 each.

Other business included the Board’s approval of continuing its recruitment assistance loan program in an amount up to $5,000, following brief discussion on its terms.

This program has primarily been utilized in recruiting for nursing positions within the hospital, and is a program that calls for a minimum work commitment in exchange for the financial incentive.

The Board additionally approved a recommended base daily rate for the Long-Term Care unit’s rooms, which will rise from $251 per day at present to $257 per day under the new rate.

During his CEO report, Tveit announced new hires for both the chief financial officer position, which has been vacant since the departure of Ken Landau in late April, as well as the business manager position.

Cheryl Cornwell is the new CFO for the district, while Brian McCarthy will serve as the district’s business manager.  Both are slated to start on Monday, Sept. 16.

Tveit additionally updated the board on the next phase of meaningful use criteria for Medicare reimbursement toward the district’s electronic medical records system.

Tveit also noted interviews with major vendors of MRI units at present, with a target date of this coming December set for having proposed direction on such a purchase for the board.  At present, the district contracts with a mobile MRI unit firm for these services.

The nursing program coordinated with Klamath Community College does not have enough eligible students available for a first-year class this fall, Tveit said.

Tveit also commented on his serving on the Klamath-Lake Area Committee on Aging, which provides Meals on Wheels programs for communities throughout the region, including Lakeview, New Pine Creek, Paisley and beyond.

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