New chief nursing officer hired

Trustees OK capital requests

Van Diest Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Lisa Ridge announced the hiring of new a chief nursing officer at Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting.

Amy McDonough was not present at the meeting but will be formerly introduced at the February board meeting. She previously worked at Mary Greeley Medical Center and has 16 years of experience.

Dr. Subash Sahai was appointed at the new VDMC Emergency Room Medical Director beginning Jan.1.

The board approved the Foundation Slate of Officers for re-election for 2018: Chairperson Kreg Foster, Vice Chairperson Matt Shannon, Secretary Joyce Gelhaus, Treasurer Troy Hassebrock.

Catelyn Hartman is a new advanced registered nurse practitioner at the family health clinic. A native of Webster City, Hartman began her duties last week.

The latest honoree of the newly-implemented C.A.R.E.S. Program was announced Monday night. Jordan Erie, with EMS was honored for the month of January. Prior recipients include December winner Angie Mischler and November winner Dawn Eimers.

“It’s aimed at capturing those incredible moments in which our staff demonstrate our core values of compassion, accountability, respect, excellence and service,” Ridge said. “We really want to celebrate these employees.”

The employee is presented with a plaque, balloons, an excellence pin, $75 bonus, and a recognition banner for their department.

The public hearing for the tax asking will be held at the February board meeting. The tax asking budget will be set at 2.1 per thousand, which is consistent with prior years.

The board approved a number of capital requests including:

• Refrigerator – $5,207.73

• Steam filter for surgery – $2,796

• Burner blower – $16,201.86

• HVAC control unit – $7,508

• Plow truck engine repair – $6,770

• LED entry light fixture replacement – $5,500

• Nursing items (to be purchased with foundation funds)

The grand total of capital request funds approved were $56,745.01.

Van Diest Medical Center is implementing a new food and nutrition department daily healthy choices menu. Each day, during the day, the Garden View Cafe will be serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be three healthy menu options featured each day that will include the nutritional information and the amount of walking step it would take to burn the calories of those featured items.

“The plan is to host a lunch and learn later in January to teach our caregivers and volunteers and community members about healthy choices and about the menu choices,” said Ridge.

The board met in closed session at the end of the regular meeting.

A round table discussion was held after the closed session had concluded.