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
 
150 and counting...Billy Martin's Store PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    Picture, if you will, life in a small rural Southern Indiana community back prior to the Civil War.  A more simple time—arguable—a more difficult time—without a doubt.  A time when the modern day dichotomy of being either independent and self-sufficient or being an involved, contributing  member of a community was not a contradiction at all; that is where this story begins.  A time when the values of honesty, hard work and treating your neighbors fairly were not just tag lines on a sign somewhere but a way of life and a way of doing business for many people.  
    Now imagine a dark, frosty morning as a man named Ezra Martin hitches up this team to a wagon in preparation for a two day journey to Louisville.  This man is on a mission; a mission that that he hopes will not only bring him financial reward but provide needed supplies for his friends and neighbors.  Those simply business traits of long ago have obviously be lost on many businesses today, not the least of which are those whining for government bailouts.
    Fast forward to Spring, 2009 and the great-great-grandson of that 19th century entrepreneur sits behind a desk in a modest office talking about how he grew up in the business known to most Washington County residents simply as Billy Martin's.  Craig Martin and his wife, Janice,  run the Martinsburg, IN appliance, carpet and home furnishing store in such a relaxed, friendly manner that you would swear you stepped back in time; back to the time when running a successful business had more to do with building long term relationships than making the quick dollar.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 11:44
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Morgan School project goes out for bidding PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    The construction and renovation project at Morgan Elementary School is proceeding; with the North Harrison Board of School Trustees having approved at Thursday’s meeting the advertising for bids on the project.
    Bids are due in by June 1, and the winning bid will be accepted on June 4, in a board meeting.
    In a funding matter pertaining to the Morgan project, a $2 million Zone Academy Bond will be used for funding part of the project. North Harrison Schools will owe zero interest on the $2 million, and the people who buy them will (instead of making a profit from the interest payments) get a write off on their taxes.
    The board also dealt with a few personnel issues, mostly related to athletics.
    North Harrison High School athletics director Rick Gunter resigned his position, effective with the end of the 2008-09 school year. Gunter has had the position since the start of the 2007-08 school year.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 11:46
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Borden sweeps Lanesville 5-0 in girls’ tennis last week PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    The Borden girls’ tennis team swept the Lanesville squad 5-0 Thursday afternoon at Borden, with senior no.1 singles player Andrea Rademacher winning 6-0, 6-1 over Lanesville’s Caroline Turcotte.
    At the no.2 singles position, Borden’s Erin Mikel def. Lanesville’s LeAnne Myers by a 6-0, 6-2 score.
    At the no.3 singles position, Borden’s Allison Rademacher won a 6-0, 6-2 decision over Felicia Adamic.
    Both of the Rademacher’s transferred from Scottsburg before the start of the 2008-09 school year, and Andrea Rademacher was a stand out for the Borden Lady Braves’ basketball team.
    Borden also won both of the doubles’ matches, in straight sets in both cases.
    At the no.1 doubles position, Borden’s Jordan Cook and Kelli Holthouser def. Lanesville’s Rachel riley and Jenna Walter by a 6-3, 6-4 score.
    At the no.2 doubles spot, Borden saw its no.2 team of Kelsey Evans and Janelle Graham def. Lanesville’s counterpart of Alana Umensetter and Katie Cook 6-4, 6-0.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 11:48
 
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