February 27, 2008 Edition

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Lawrence Hall to develop
new respite care program

Sarah Wright, Lawrence Hall administrator, reported on the feasibility of offering a respite care program during the Lawrence Health Services Board of Governors meeting Monday night.

The program would involve offering care on a 24-hour basis to those being cared for in the home. This would give the caregivers a break and is anticipated to meet a real community need.

The board voted unanimously to go forward with the development of the new program.

The board also heard a report from Junior Briner, vice president for support services, that two house trailers were no longer needed. The report recommended that the two trailers be sold in accordance with the policy for selling property.

The board accepted the recommendation and approved unanimously the sale of the trailers.

In other business:

  • the results of the Lawrence Hall quality program for physical restraints, pressure ulcers, chronic pain and depression were presented. They continue to reflect that all goals are being met or exceeded. The medical directors report indicated no unusual occurrences.

  • Tonya Hankins, director of nursing at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, shared first through third quarter core measure data for heart failure and pneumonia. Third-quarter data continues to reflect that Lawrence Memorial is among leaders of quality for critical access hospitals in Arkansas. She also reported on new national patient safety goals for the coming year.

  • Briner presented the monthly and annual Environmental Safety Report. The report discussed emergency management, utility management, security management and fire safety. He also reported on repairs to the generator and fire alarm system.

  • Vanessa Wagner, CPA, presented a proposed travel policy for employees. The policy reflects a mileage reimbursement of 40 cents per mile and does not reimburse for meals unless there is overnight travel. The board approved the policy unanimously.

  • the board unanimously approved several medical staff appointments and reappointments. The reappointments were John Woloszyn, orthopedics; and Ronald South, neurology. The new appointments approved were John White, psychiatry; and Adam Wozniak, emergency medicine

  • George Fray, interim administrator, presented the annual competency report for 2007. The report reviews the competence of direct/indirect patient care providers from January through December of 2007. The evaluation was satisfactory

  • Fray complimented employees and staff for their effort to be more efficient. He indicated his satisfaction with the efforts and accomplishments.

  • he also advised the board that new furniture for patient rooms and the employee dining room should be delivered in mid-March.

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