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Board of Directors Meets January 20

February 05, 2016

McCook, Nebraska—At their recent board meeting on January 20, Community Hospital board of directors heard results of a consumer brand awareness study, had an update on how Community Hospital is meeting its strategic objectives and heard reports from Community Hospital Health Foundation and the Infection Control Department.

Steve Shaner, Strategic Planning Director shared the results of the 2015 Professional Research Consultants Consumer brand awareness study. The study interviewed 500 consumers in Community Hospital’s service area to learn their preferences about hospitals, overall quality of care, needed services and more.

Under Strategic Updates, Jim Ulrich, Community Hospital President & CEO, updated the board of directors on recruitment plans. With one of the visiting oncologists, Ahmed Awais, M.D., moving away, Community Hospital is visiting with Great Plains Health in North Platte on ideas to recruit additional oncologists. The hospital is also looking to fill positions for an athletic trainer and an orthopedic physician assistant to assist and further develop Christopher Ihle, M.D’s orthopedic surgery and sports medicine clinic at Community Hospital.

The Community Hospital Health Foundation quarterly report was shared by Terri Shipshock, Executive Director. She told board members that An Evening for Hospice on November 22 netted $18,500. Five new Heritage Society members were named. To qualify, donors must have given cumulative donations totaling $10,000 or more. Also under the Heritage Society membership, two donors moved to the $25,000 to $49,999 category, one donor moved to the $50,000 to $99,999 category and one moved to the $250,000 to $499,999 category.

The Health Foundation announced the country band, Confederate Railroad, has been booked for the 2016 Concert for Care on April 2 at the Historic Fox Theatre in McCook. Ticket information will be distributed soon.

Sharon Conroy, Infection Control and Employee Health Director, shared the quarterly infection control/employee health report from July through September. She reported on healthcare associated infection rates, communicable diseases reported to the State Health department, positive MRSA cultures and other documented stats. Community Hospital continues to report an extremely low incidence of healthcare associated infection rates as compared to national rates. The hospital approved an updated influenza vaccination policy this year that applies to employees, contract staff, volunteers and licensed independent practitioners.

Consent Agenda

Minutes were approved from the December 16 regular meeting of the board of directors. Minutes were also approved from the December 10 medical staff regular meeting and the January 6 Policy, Personnel and Planning Committee meeting.

Action to be Taken

Directors approved appointments and reappointments for Consulting Medical Staff Privileges, and reappointments for Allied Health Staff Privileges. They also approved revisions to the Leave of Absence policy and the Fire Prevention Plan.

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