November 28, 2007 Edition

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Osbahr, Sullins resign
from Lawrence Health

Gretchen Hunt

The Lawrence Health Services Board of Directors accepted resignations from President Leah Osbahr and Chief Financial Officer Sandy Sullins at its meeting Monday night.

According to an LHS representative, Osbahr and Sullins resigned to pursue other job opportunities. Their resignations were effective Tuesday.

Osbahr joined Lawrence Health as president in 2004. During her time at the helm of LHS, she and the health system received several honors. In 2006, Osbahr was named the C.E. Melville Young Administrator of the Year by the Arkansas Hospital Association.

Sullins, who has been with LHS for 10 and a half years, has served as CFO during her entire tenure.

The interim management team consists of George Fray, administrator, and Harry Hutchins, C.P.A., chief financial officer. They are both employees of St. Bernards Healthcare, with whom LHS has a management contract.

Also on Monday, Osbahr reminded the board that Dr. Bob Warner of Jonesboro Surgical Associates began seeing patients in the Family Medical Clinic on Nov. 7. He will see patients locally the first and third Wednesday of each month. Warner provides general surgery, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery and endoscopic surgery.

Tonya Hankins, director of nursing, made a presentation to the board on a new documentation system for the emergency room. The T-System provides templates based on symptoms patients display at the ER. The system reduces the need for immediate physician documentation, allowing more bedside patient care. It also ensures greater accuracy in coding and billing. The board approved funding implementation of the system for 90 days, when its impact will be reviewed.

Sarah Wright, nursing home administrator, informed the board that state licensure officials of the Office of Long Term Care are recommending that all facilities conduct FBI fingerprint checks on all employees. Federal regulators have notified states to expect increased fraud and abuse audits.

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