Rouche views transparency as a necessity for success at WCMH PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 00:00

    In an April 21 press conference, Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH) Interim Chief Executive Officer, Joe Rouche and WCMH Director of Public Relations, Melissa Richardson met with representatives from local newspapers in an effort to keep the public updated on the status of negotiations between Saint Vincent Health (SVH) and WCMH.      
    According to Rouche, SVH is still in the analysis/evaluation stage. When asked if the analysis is intended to determine if “the deal” is going to happen or if its purpose is to determine the price SVH will pay for WCMH, Rouche said, “I am an operations person, I am very good at running a hospital. Those kinds of decisions are made by people with a skill set that I don't possess.” Rouche did say that he is confident that both SVH and WCMH are working toward “signing on the bottom line” sometime in 2009. Rouche also explained that besides managing WCMH, he has the responsibility to inventory and assess the physical plant, equipment, and other aspects of the hospital. “From my perspective as a CEO, I need to have a handle on the condition of everything from the air conditioning unit to the most minor piece of equipment. That information is also important to those within the SVH organization whose job it is to negotiate the deal with Washington County. It is crucial to know what is an asset and what is a liability.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2009 09:19
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South Central Community Healthcare to close April 30 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009 00:00

    Over the last several months many businesses and individuals have felt the effects of these difficult economic times. Unfortunately, hospitals are no different; especially small rural hospitals such as WCMH. Although they recently implemented several cost-saving measures throughout the hospital, it is necessary to take those cost savings one step further by closing South Central effective April 30.
    “As a valued patient of this clinic, WCMH wants to continue to be your healthcare provider of choice. Therefore, our patients have two options.” The first is to continue as a patient of WCMH and have your records automatically transferred to one of our other primary care locations. This can be accomplished by calling South Central at 812-472-9230 until April 30 or by calling any of our other clinics after April 30 or faxing a written request to Medical Records at 812-883-8524. The second option is to stop by any of the clinics listed below and fill out the appropriate paperwork to have your records moved to your healthcare provider of choice outside the WCMH network of clinics. The four primary care clinic locations in Washington County that are available to treat you and your family with no interruptions in service are: Pekin Community Healthcare,Campbellsburg Community Healthcare, Salem Pediatrics and Labor of Love Women’s Health
    If you have any questions or concerns regarding the closure of South Central, please call Outpatient Services Clinical Supervisor Sherry Hammond, at 812-883-5881 ext. 1205.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2009 09:23
 
Mayor sacks Air Board PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Edition received a copy of a letter dated April 14, 2009 and signed by Salem Mayor David Bower.  In the letter, the mayor cites Indiana Code and reasons for removing members of the Salem Board of Aviation Commissioners (BOAC) as of the date of the letter.
    The specified reasons for the mayor's actions are as follows:
1.As a member of the Air Board, you have participated in decisions to incur project expenses for the new Airport Layout Plan prior to the award of any FAA grant therefor.  Consequently, the City of Salem, Indiana has been threatened with litigation in writing because the expenditures have not been paid.
2.As a member of the Air Board, you have participated in decisions to continue to incur project expenses for the new Airport layout Plan without having finalized the terms of a proposed lease or sale with Owen Thompson, Thompson Promotions, Inc., or any other entity to which Owen Thompson is a majority owner, which is intent to be the funding vehicle for the local match of the development of the new airport.
3.As a member of the Air Board, you have not acted to protect the City's financial interests in the collection of hangar rent from the fixed based operator which had remained delinquent for a period of at least 12 month.
4.This is an apparent lack of mutual trust and confidence between the Board of Aviation Commissioners and the elected officials of the City of Salem, Indiana.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 12:11
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Commissioners agree to funding support for business incubator PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, April 15, with all members present.  The minutes of previous meetings, all claims and payroll were approved unanimously.
    Washington County Economic Growth Partnership (WCEPG) Executive Director, Jerry Rose, addressed the Commissioners and asked them to support the concept of a commerce incubator in Washington County.  The basics idea of a commerce incubator is to provide support in the form of technical assistance, office/warehouse/production space, and legal, financial, and managerial counsel at little or no  cost to local individuals starting new businesses.  The cost of the program will be paid out of the Economic Development Income Tax Fund (EDIT).  In late 2008, the Commissioners and the County Council agreed to earmark 25% of EDIT money for non-road projects.  Although no exact dollar figures were discussed in regards to the incubator project, all the Commissioners agreed to support the project as a means of encouraging local entrepreneurs.  Additional information about the commerce incubator is available through the WCEGP at 883-8803.
    Other items of business conducted by the Commissioners included the following:
- Unanimous agreement to hire Hornsby Consultants to do an income survey of the county in preparation for grant application to pay for development of comprehensive land use plan
- Unanimous agreement to submit road paving projects at Shorts Corner Road/Vincennes Trail and Mt. Carmel Road/Horner's Chapel Road to be part of a $14 million grant for the Seymour District of the Indiana Department of Transportation from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
- Unanimously approved use of the former Emergency Management Office in the court house for use by the County Coroner
- Discussion of building permit fee increases
- Update of Bridge 113 project
- Update on truck bypass

    With no further business to conduct, the Commissioners adjourned until their next regularly scheduled meeting on May 6.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 12:13
 
Common Council votes to reject speedway owner's offer for airport PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    A tense exchange took place among attorneys representing the City of Salem, the Salem Board of Aviation Commissioners (BOAC) and Salem Speedway owner, Owen Thompson, along with members of the BOAC, Thompson, Mayor Bower, and Council members.  Efforts were unsuccessful in coming to any type of an agreement for facilitating an arrangement by which Thompson would lease the existing airport facility with an option to purchase at or above the amount of the required local match for the new airport project.
    The City of Salem has earlier asked Thompson for an irrevocable letter of credit which is an financial instrument guaranteeing that the city would receive an agreed upon amount for the lease/option to purchase regardless of what the future held for Thompson or his corporation.  Thompson had agreed to seek the letter of credit. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 12:15
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