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January Board of Directors Report

January 25, 2017

McCook, Nebraska—At the regular board meeting on January 18, Community Hospital directors signed a trauma resolution redesignating Community Hospital as a Level IV BASIC trauma center. Julie Wilhelmson, Director of Emergency Services, explained the designation.

A Level IV Trauma Center has demonstrated an ability to provide advanced trauma life support (ATLS) prior to transfer of patients to a higher level trauma center. It provides evaluation, stabilization, and diagnostic capabilities for injured patients. Elements of Level IV Trauma Centers Include: Basic emergency department facilities to implement ATLS protocols and 24-hour laboratory overage. Available trauma nurse(s) and physicians available upon patient arrival, may provide surgery and critical-care services if available, has developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center, incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program, and is involved with prevention efforts and must have an active outreach program for its referring communities.

Appointments and/or reappointments for affiliate medical staff, courtesy medical staff and telemedicine medical staff were approved.

Board Education

Vice Presidents Karen Kliment Thompson, Brad Langdorf and Troy Bruntz, also Interim CEO, educated board members on three balanced scorecard measures: HCAHPS domains, “Likelihood to Recommend to Family/Friends,” and “Safety: Healthcare Acquired Infections/Complications.”

Strategic Update

Under Strategic Update and Discussion, directors learned that the position for a CEO at Community Hospital has been posted.

They also learned that a new electronic medical record system is being implemented at Decatur Health Systems in Oberlin, Kansas. A physician from Nebraska has agreed to practice in Oberlin, but is waiting to receive a Kansas license. Their only doctor, Dr. Allen Hooper, is retiring in February. Dr. Richard Klug and Dr. Mark Serbousek of McCook, have plans to fill in the gap between Hooper’s retirement and the approval of the new physician’s Kansas license if needed. Physician Assistants will continue to provide patient care in Oberlin. About one year ago, Community Hospital entered into a hospital management agreement with the Oberlin hospital. Under the direction of Kris Mathews, Decatur Health Systems’ new chief operating officer, the hospital has developed and activated a new strategic plan and approved a budget for the coming year.

Consent Agenda

Directors approved minutes and committee reports for the December 21, 2016 regular meeting of the board of directors, the December 8 regular meeting of the medical staff and the January 4 regular board meeting regarding policy, personnel and planning.

Review of Activities

Under review of activities, directors heard a report on Infection Control from Sharon Conroy, RN, Infection Control and Employee Health nurse. The new board member orientation for Lena Koebel and Dr. Rob Hinze was January 13. Nearly 350 people RSVP’d for the Community Hospital Christmas party. Also, thank you notes were distributed and read.

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