Commissioners face fallout from hospital bankruptcy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 July 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, July 1, with all members present.  The minutes of previous meetings, payroll, and all claims were approved unanimously.
    EMS Director Michael Medlock and John Winenger, representing Saint Vincent Health (SVH), addressed the Commissioners giving an update regarding an ongoing analysis of the ambulance service at the hospital.  The service has been loosing money for some time and efforts are underway to determine how to operate it on a break even basis.
    Several options were discussed including ways to increase the revenues generated by ambulance service.  According to Medlock the EMS/ambulance service collects less than 40% of its costs from individuals using the service.  Medlock gave the Commissioners an anecdotal explanation for that disparity.
    “If we make a run for someone in the county having a diabetic reaction and once we get the patient stabilized,” explained Medlock, “the patient might refuse to be transported to the hospital for treatment.  We have made the run in the ambulance but no billing is produced by the hospital since the patient was never admitted.”
    In addition, Medlock said that the service is used for a lot of “freebies” like transporting nursing home patients or covering events like football games.  
    The county already pays $266,000 a year for ambulance service.  According to Commissioner Lana Sullivan, the county is required to provide that service.  Winenger suggested that even if every possible cost savings practice is put in place, the county will still need to provide additional funds just to break even.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2009 13:47
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Solar Energy system to be put in place at West Washington PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 July 2009 00:00
    At the recent West Washington School Board meeting held on June 22, Tim Reinhart addressed the board concerning the need to replace the hot water heaters in the school and in turn presented a proposal from Mann Plumbing Inc for a solar energy system which will be partially funded with a $25,000 grant from Jackson County REMC. The proposal was accepted, 5-1 with Leslie Batt opposing.
    The board approved the following football coaching positions: Head Varsity Football coach, Phillip Bowsman; Assistant Varsity coaches: Mark Gibson, Keith Nance, Duane Nance, Andrew Burks; Varsity Varsity volunteers: Tom Wischmeier and Brian Farmer; Head Junior High coach: Adam Brown; Junior High Assistants (split) Landon Roberts and Brent Zelivetz and Junior High volunteer: Zac Wilson and accepted resignation from Tom Wischmeier as Assistant Football coach.
    The board unanimously agreed to hire Brenda Hash to replace bus driver, Don Qualkinbush beginning of the 2009-2010 school year.
    J.C. Tucker will remain as the school's attorney for 2009-2010.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2009 13:49
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Salem Parks and Recreation Department Will Host the P&R Softball/ Baseball/ Tee Ball Swim Party PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 July 2009 00:00
    The Salem Parks and Recreation Department will host the “year end” pitch-in/swim party at the Salem Myers Pool July 16, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Hot dogs and paper products will be furnished by the Parks and Rec. Players, parents, coaches, umpires, scorekeepers, and league directors of the 2009 P&R Softball/Baseball/Teeball season are invited to attend. Anyone attending may bring a covered dish and drinks. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2009 13:51
 
Washington County Chamber announces new members PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 July 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome a number of new members.  
    Appropriate Touch Massage Clinic, located at 102 E. Hackberry is owned by Shelly Bartoch.  She may be reached at 812-586-0156 for appointments.
    Aset Services is located at 6598 E. Canton S. Boston Rd., in Salem.  The business is owned by Paul Elliott.  He may be reached at 883-9844.
    Canton Christian Church is located at 1352 N. Canton Rd. South in Salem.  Contact Van Vuyovich, minister at 883-3351 for information regarding services.    
    Christian Life Baptist Church is located at 1311 W. Mulberry St., in Salem.  Information regarding services is available by calling 883-5334.
    Main Street Realtors is located at 304 N. Main St., in Salem.  The business is owned by Mary McCoskey Finkle.  You can reach Mary by calling 883-9555.
    Nicholas J. Peregoy with Merrill Lynch offers financial advising.  He may be reached at 502-329-5033 or at his office at 101 Bullitt Lane, Louisville, KY  40205.
    Quick Pic, located at 604 E. Hackberry is owned by Earl Hanson.  Information regarding hours may be obtained by calling 883-2244.    
    Worley Lumber Company Inc. is located at 5803 E. Hurst Rd in Pekin.
    For information about becoming a member of the Chamber of Commerce member contact the office at 883-4303.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2009 13:53
 
Hospital files for bankruptcy PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 June 2009 00:00
      Tuesday afternoon, June 16, Critical Access Health Services doing business as Washington County Memorial Hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United State Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana located in New Albany.  This move has been anticipated for some time by many unsecured creditors along with local financial institutions holding secured positions with the hospital.
    According to a news release from the hospital, “This decision will provide the hospital with the ability to continue to operate with no interruption of service, and give the facility time to work with suppliers to achieve financial stability.”
    Information contained in a copy of the 150+ page official filing with the bankruptcy court shows that the hospital named three local financial institutions, Regions Bank, First Harrison Bank and Mid-Southern Savings Bank as secured creditors with a total of approximately $7.6 million owed to the banks.  In addition, the filing included a “list of creditors holding 20 largest unsecured claims.”  The amount owed to those suppliers and organizations totals $1.35 million.  The largest of the unsecured debts is for $176,750.73, owed to Amerisource Bergen Drug Corporation of St. Louis and the smallest debt listed is to the American Red Cross of Chicago in the amount of $26,006.39.  An Open Records request has been made to the hospital for a complete least of creditors and amounts owed. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2009 09:44
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