Roast of Dr. Gene and Dr. Jack Hedrick PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 April 2009 00:00
    The Salem Rotary Club will host a “Roast of Dr. Gene and Dr. Jack Hedrick” on Saturday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Hall.
    The Salem Rotary Club is sponsoring the roast, not only yo honor the Hedrick's but also raise funds for two projects. The proceeds will benefit Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance and the worldwide Polio Eradication Fund project of Rotary International.
    Jack and Gene Hederick are twin brothers who were raised in Salem and come back to invest in their hometown. In 1952 Gene and Jack graduated from Salem High School. Gene was Valedictorian and Jack Salutatorian. Both are Indiana University graduates who engage in the practices of optometry and dentistry in Salem for over fifth years. They have served their community as professionals and donated their time and money to children in the community and in other countries. The Rotary wished to recognize these individuals for their contribution to the community.
    A catered meal will be served. Business or organizations may sponsor a whole table (seating for eight) for $250.00 donation Those business or organizations reserving a whole table will be recognized in the program as well as with a place care with their corporate name at their table. Individuals tickets are $30 each.
    Seating is limited and may be reserved in the order requests are received. Reservations must be received by April 25. For reservations call 883-3150.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2009 12:33
John Hay Center holds Spring Fling Open House PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 April 2009 00:00
    On Saturday, April 4, the John Hay Center will have their Spring Fling Open House. Hours are from 1 to 4 p.m., with no charge to tour the Museum,Village and Depot. The public is invited to come and visit.
    The John Hay Center is located at 307 East Market Street in Salem. Please call (812) 883-6495 if you have questions.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2009 12:34
Scrader and Kimmel top list of drivers for ARCA 200 at Speedway PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 April 2009 00:00
    The ultimate challenge of 200 laps faces ARCA RE/MAX Series veterans and rookies in the $105,802 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200, presented by Federated Car Care at Salem Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
It’s the first short-track race of the season for the ARCA RE/MAX Series after an early season visit to Daytona International Speedway for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200.
    Eight different drivers have won the last nine ARCA RE/MAX Series races on the lightning-fast high banks, which are known for separating “the men from the boys” in ARCA competition.  Overall, 48 different drivers have won 84 previous ARCA races at Salem.
    Frank Kimmel, the all-time ARCA RE/MAX Series race winner at Salem with nine wins, and Ken Schrader, an ARCA RE/MAX Series race winner at Salem in 1999, top the list of entries for Sunday’s race.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2009 12:31
Roche realistic about challenges for WCMH PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 March 2009 08:07

by G. Wright
Staff Writer
Green Banner Publications

Joseph Roche, Interim Chief Executive Officer for Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH), met with reporters from local newspapers Tuesday morning, March 24. The Michigan native talked about his professional background of nearly a quarter century in hospital administration, eleven of which has been with Saint Vincent Health. For the last nine years, Roche has served as CEO and Administrator for Saint Vincent, Jennings County. Much of his expertise has come from working with hospitals experiencing financial and organizational problems similar to those currently being encountered by WCMH.

Roche spoke of how hospitals, be they non-profit or for profit operations, have a unique relationship with their communities and customers unlike most other businesses or institutions. “I believe that for those of us who work in the business, we do so not just because it's a paycheck or a way or maximizing shareholders' value, but it's a calling about serving the people of our community—our friends, neighbors, family.” explained Roche. “At Saint Vincent's there is kind of a great connection between my personal faith journey and the mission of the organization.”

In response to a question of how he will draw on his experience to address the issues of the financial status of the hospital and the lack of community confidence in the hospital, Roche was quick to point to the Saint Vincent Health organization and its economy of scale as well as the commitment to and experience with community hospitals as one of the strongest assets he will draw upon to deal with those pressing issues. “It is not unusual for a small, community hospital to find itself in this set of circumstances.” he said, “The challenges in health care today are tremendous. In North Vernon in 2000 we were in a very similar situation where the ability to sustain our operations was questionable. There was a commitment by the Saint Vincent organization to put a team in place in North Vernon to change the way we took care of patients.”

Roche went on to say that in his experience, too often a small hospital will try to offer too many services and end up not doing a very good job at any of those tasks. He further noted that trying to provide all the services needed by a community, though well intended, does not always serve the community in the best way. “If a hospital will focus on what it does well, then a community's faith in that hospital eventual is restored—it takes time to restore a good reputation or change a bad one.” said Roche.

When asked if part of his mission as Interim CEO is to shepherd the process of transitioning WCMH from a county hospital to some sort of an affiliation with Saint Vincent Health, Roche answered in the affirmative. However, Roche emphasized that research and study are ongoing by Saint Vincent toward determining just what kind of affiliation would be best, or possibly deciding that some sort of partnership between the two organizations is not in their best interest. Roche characterized the current relationship as a “work in progress.”

Responding to a question about how much of an obstacle is WCMH's current financial situation to an affiliation with Saint Vincent, Roche said that, only being on the job for two days, he is in the process of evaluating the financial condition of WCMH and therefore could not give a definitive answer at this time.

Addressing a question about what he does when not working, Roche smiled and spoke of being an avid golfer and an amateur pilot. The father of two grown sons and grandfather times three also admits to being an equipment manager/carrier for his wife, who is a photographer.

Returning to the subject of his role with WCMH, Roche said that he sees the dedicated employees and medical staff as a core upon which to build. He commented that even facing the difficult challenges of recent years, they still remain committed to the community.

The issue of money owed to local vendors was also posed to Roche. He said that the issue is more than just money owed, it has to do with the community confidence as well. Saying that he would like to get another week or so under his belt before he spoke in specifics, he did go on to say that from a philosophical standpoint as it applies to finance, “the hospital must be viable. When you pay your bills, it means your a viable organization. At this point, I don't know what the answer will be.” He went on to say that cash flow issues resulting from problems with billing are being addressed.

The rest of the interview had to do with issues of transparency regarding finances, personnel issues, and the Purdue HTAP Survey. Roche admitted that opportunities exist for the hospital to do a better job of keeping the public informed about both the good and bad at WCMH and vowed to make that one of changes he looks to institute during his expected six to twelve month tenure.

Salem Common Council meeting PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2009 00:00
    The Salem Common Council met in regular session on Tuesday, March 10 will all members except “Pete” Brown present; Brown is recovering from back surgery.  The minute of previous meetings, payroll, and all claims were aproved unanimously.
    The following items were addressed by the Council and the Mayor:
Mayor David Bower presented several Certificates of Appreciation to various individuals and organizations.
Financial Statement for February, 2009 and the repayment of two temporary loans from 2008.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2009 10:23
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