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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East Washington School Board recognizes the High School Science Research Team PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 June 2009 00:00
     At the recent East Washington School Board meeting the board recognized the High School Science Research Team for advancing from the Regional Fair to the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair and having three projects advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno, Nevada.
    Superintendent Dr. Amick recommended the board to approve the change of Financial Institutions to First Harrison Bank, the members agreed unanimously.
    The board received two bids for the Administration building from Temple Construction with a bid of $141,000 and Cottongim Enterprises with a bid of $110,000. Dr. Amick recommended the board take the bids under construction until next school board meeting, the board approved.
    The previous minutes along with claims and payroll were approved. Amick and the board agreed to approve the Resolution to transfer appropriations in the amount of $11,626.39 and a resolution to transfer funds.
    The overview of 2010 bus replacement, capital projects plan, debt service, school pensions and transportation was presented to the board with no motion made.
    The board will continue through July 13 accepting bids for dairy items, bakery items, fuel and the paving of the high school parking lot. A five year leave with Better Quality Business Systems, Inc for the entire school district was approved.
    The following personnel was approved: Andrew Smith, Alternative School position;Micki Alexander, School to Work grant ans assistant tot he Alternative School position; Myra Hildreth, Kim Fleming and Christy Fisher at $9.95 per hour to clean and prepare buses for inspection; Andrew Smith, High School assistant football coach and Clinton Blankenbaker, High School assistant football coach  
    The following resignations were approved:
    Suzanne Bennett, High School Drama Sponsor; Sherry Wade, High School English teacher;Denise McNew, eighth grade volleyball coach and Mark Olesh as High School assistant track coach.
    Superintendent Amick reported tot he board about the recent legislation regarding expanded criminal background checks that will be required for all new employees. Amick will bring a recommendation back to the next school board meeting after investigating how they will be performed and the cost that will be involved.
    The board approved the Title One grant for 2009-2010; a special activity bus driver paying up to $60 now required by law effective July 1.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2009 09:46
 
News from the Chamber PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 June 2009 00:00
     The Washington County Chamber announce the resignation of Rhonda Greene from the Washington County Chamber of Commerce effective June 1, 2009.  Rhonda cited her desire to focus on her “My Good Business” efforts as well as her business as the reasons for her resignation.  The Chamber will miss her passion, her energy, and her dedicated efforts on the Board but she has also communicated her willingness to serve when needed.  We really appreciate everything she has done for the Chamber and look forward to seeing the success she will foster with whatever she pursues.
    Nicholas J. Peregoy is a new member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.  
    Nicholas graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a BS degree in Finance and began his career in the financial service industry in 2004.  In 2008 he became a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch’s Louisville, Kentucky office.  
    Nicholas can be reached at Oxmoor Place, 101 Bullitt Lane in Louisville or by phone at 502-329-5033.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2009 09:47
 
Pugh Named 2008 Auxilian of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 June 2009 00:00
     Norma Pugh was named the 2008 Auxilian of the Year at the June meeting of the WCMH Auxiliary.
    She has been an Auxiliary member since 2001 and has served as Secretary since 2005. In addition, she served as co-chairperson of the spring conference that was held in 2008.
    Regarding her experiences as a volunteer at the hospital, Pugh said, “I thoroughly enjoy being a member of the Hospital Auxiliary. I enjoy all the members of the auxiliary and everyone at the hospital is great! It’s a good place to be.”
Pugh joined the Auxiliary shortly after the passing of her husband. “It was a very devastating time in my life.”
    Pugh works at the information desk and in the Gift Shop and has provided the hospital over 2,500 volunteer hours.
In addition to her volunteer time at the hospital, Pugh is a member of the First Christian Church and serves on many different committees. She also works on the election board at city and county elections. She belongs to the Washington County Red Hatters and likes to get together with friends.
    Pugh has two unique accomplishments; one was winding the courthouse clock. Her husband was the official winder, but due to his illness, she climbed three different stairs and ladders to the clock each week for approximately 18 months. The other unique experience was during her grandson’s graduation from medical school. She was allowed to hold a human heart in her hands while he explained the workings of the heart to her. Pugh says her children and grandchildren are the best and greatest experiences of them all.
    Pugh resides in Salem. She has one daughter, Nancy, who lives in Bedford, Indiana. a son, Jim who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and one grandson, Aaron, who is a physician in Louisville.
    Pugh worked for 25 years for the Washington-Scott Co. Farm Bureau Co-Op. She is also owner and manager of five rental houses.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2009 09:53
 
Wellness Committee presents info to NH board PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 June 2009 00:00
    The Wellness Committee at North Harrison had their annual meeting within a school board meeting Thursday when they presented the board with information on their activities from the past school year.
    Tonya Caffee is on the committee said, “We oversee and assist in projects that assist in the students being healthier.”
    One such project was to get cafeteria workers in the school corporation to offer two items with starches (such as corn and French fries) fewer times per month. Green beans instead of the corn would provide less starch when used.
    They also try to teach healthy eating choices in the classroom, in an effort to reduce obesity. It is what Caffee said were long term life choices.
    There was a program at the high school where fresh fruits and vegetables were made available to students and staff, and that has ended with the end of the 2008-09 school year, according to Caffee. The grant money for it ran out, according to Caffee.
    Another possibility is starting a Biggest Loser competition among the staff of the schools, and is a possibility in the spring of 2010.
    North Harrison Middle School teacher Ron Snyder wishes that physical education was more common at all grades in the corporation; he said when he was growing up in the early 1960s in upstate New York, PE was common in school on a daily basis.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2009 09:14
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