VDMC board OKs med staff appointments

The Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees Tuesday night approved medical staff privileges for several health care professionals.

Daniel M. Gabrielson, D.O. was granted a change in his status from courtesy privileges to active staff privileges. Gabrielson operates a clinic in Webster City. Donald J. Woodhouse, M.D., was approved for courtesy staff privileges. Woodhouse is a family practice physician who was formerly a member of the active staff at the hospital from 1998 through 2007.

Nicole L. Ehn, M.D., a family and emergency medicine physician, was reappointed to the active staff. She is associated with Webster City Medical Clinic.

Allied health staff membership was approved for Nancy Ann Harris, CRNA, Ph.D. Harris has worked as a nurse anesthetist since 1993 in both Iowa and Nebraska, most recently at Grand Island Surgery Center in Nebraska.

Penny Osborn, PA, was reappointed to the Allied Health Professionals Staff.

Three contract emergency room providers, Gyonna Driver, M.D. of Waterloo, Edmund J. Piasecki, ARNP, of Des Moines and Michelle L. Siebrecht, PA-C, Lake View, were granted contract ER staff privileges by the trustees.

In a report from the medical staff, Dr. Mark Andrew reported that word had been received from John Cook, M.D., who for many years has served the hospital as a pathologist, will be retiring from the hospital as of Oct. 1. Andrew said the medical staff sent Cook a letter thanking him for his years of service to the hospital. CEO Bob Mason said the administration will have resources in place to cover pathology needs by Oct. 1.

A capital purchase request totaling $5,043 was approved for cabinetry and countertops to complete renovations for the new Van Diest Medical Center Clinic, operated by Dr. Mark Dearden. The cabinets and countertop will finish off two more exam rooms in the clinic, bringing the total to five. Amber Burgin, a registered nurse practitioner, will soon join the clinic staff, according to Mason.

The board also reviewed a proposed amendment to current hospital policy regarding expenses for community initiatives being presented to the board for approval. The amendment would allow Mason to approve those requests for fees in support of community business growth of $1,000 or less provided funds are available within the budget. A change was made in the original wording of the proposal, following a question by Trustee Justin Deppe. The original proposal called for administrator approval for requests of “$1,000 or less that are within the budgeted allowance.” The wording was changed to “$1,000 or less that are within the budget.” The measure was approved, with Trustee Myra Maxon voting nay.