VDMC board OKs Mercy agreements

The Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees met for its monthly meeting Tuesday night with Lori Rathbun sitting in on her first meeting as the new chief executive officer.

“I became official on June 2,”?she told the board. “I’m grateful for this opportunity and I want to offer my thanks to the staff and the community for being so welcoming.”?

Rathbun said she had been making the rounds of departmental meetings, meeting and getting to know staff.

The trustees approved the Mercy Health Network management services and affiliation agreement Tuesday night. The contract would go into effect on July 1 and would be a two-year agreement. The cost increased $10,000 with the new contract to $85.,000 per year.

Rathbun said the executive committee of the board had reviewed the document and recommended approval. The board approved the agreement unanimously. Two board members, Justin Deppe and Carroll Ose, were absent from the meeting.

The Critical Acces Hospital Network agreement with Mercy Health Network was also approved. All critical access hospitals are required to have an agreement with a tertiary care hospital, according to Rathbun. The two-year contract at a cost of $10,000 per year was approved.

Equipment sale

A bid of $4,000 was accepted from the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge for equipment at the former Van Diest Medical Center Dayton Clinic. The board voted to close the clinic back in May. The clinic will be open again under an agreement with the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge.

Alice Heinrichs, chief financial officer, reported that the sale would include a small amount of medical equipment, exam tables and office furniture.

The trustees approved applications for contract emergency room staff for individuals who work for Emergency Practice Associates. EPA?provides ER?coverage at the hospital. Four providers were granted privileges.

Several consulting staff reappointments were also approved. Those include

Stuart Christenson, M.D., cardiology; F.E. Gonzales, M.D., otolaryngology; Dale Andres, D.O., Matthew Andres, D.O., Adam Bell, M.D., Clinton Crowder, M.D., Joseph Eaton, D.O., Avina Kolareth, M.D., Joseph Mitros, M.D., Carolyn Pease, M.D., and Ramona Thompson, M.D., all providing pathology services.

Allied Health Professionals reappointed included Tamara Brownell, CRNA, and Greg Pekkala, CRNA, Anesthesia Services.