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Health district board covers general business

Lake Health District’s board of directors squared up a number of general business items during their Thursday, July 11, meeting.

The district’s attorney, Jim Lynch, swore board member Don Liddycoat into his new four-year term, which took effect as of July 1. The board’s newest member, Jerald Steward, was sworn in during the June board meeting.

Both were elected into their positions during the county-wide election back in May.

On a related note, the board also approved its board officers during the meeting.  Chuck Kelley will continue as the board chair, Judy Graham as board secretary and Jerald Steward as the board treasurer.

The board approved the nurse’s union agreement with the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA), which Lake District Hospital CEO Charlie Tveit said was approved unanimously by the nursing staff.

The three-year agreement expires in June 2016.

Also approved was Resolution 2013-2, which addressed authorized signers on the district’s banking accounts, in light of new authorized board members.

Director of Nurses Teresa Squires presented a policy prepared by the hospital’s Infection Prevention and Control Committee, which is charged with development of the facility’s annual infection risk assessment and plan.

The purpose of this plan is to minimize and control patient infection risk, and the committee additionally oversee any policies related to infection prevention, as well as review any hospital-acquired infections (HAI).

Squires noted that, over the past four months, there have been no HAI incidents.

Additional updates by Squires included a report on the recently- established pulmonary rehab department, along with an increase in sleep lab services.

“I think both of those programs are moving forward in the right direction,” she said.

Squires also reported a record high in obstetrics so far, with 70 babies born so far this year.  She also said a new permanent respiratory therapist now on board has negated the need for a traveling therapist.

Human Resources Dir. Linda Michaelson provided a staffing update, noting the departure of a medical technician and continuing interviews for the chief financial officer position.

A full-time infomatics position is also open.  Michaelson said this is a position that is tied in with the hospital’s electronic medical records system.  The system’s vendor, CPSI, provided the software, and the infomatics position requires an experienced RN on staff with a strong background in computer systems.

Also vacant is the hospital’s business manager position, Michaelson said, and a CRNA position will become available following the retirement of Don Ott.

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