The hospital board at Van Diest Medical Center approved the applications of two doctors to the medical staff at its board meeting on Tuesday.
Dr. Abhishake Kaapuraala joined the Webster City Medical Center on Aug. 1. His application had been approved by the medical staff executive committee and the medical staff. Dr. Abhi is a 2003 graduate of the Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India. He practiced for 5 years in England and was a member of the Royal College of Physicians, U.K. In July 2008, he began a three-year residency in family practice at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
"He is one of the best candidates we have had and I was very impressed. Organized and works very well with patients," the senior medical director for primary care at HCMC stated.
Dr. Daniel Sprague is with Emergency Practice Associates and has made application to the Contract ER Staff. His application has been approved by the medical staff executive committee and the medical staff. He is a third-year resident in emergency medicine at the University of Iowa. Dr. Sprague has a Ph.D. in microbiology as well as his MD. His residency program director and supervisors consider him "an excellent clinician with a good attitude who interacts well with patients, staff and other physicians."
It was also approved at the meeting to give Darin Eklund, PA-C, Cori Fogel, PA-C and Sherry Buske, NP, additional privileges of admitting patients and follow-up inpatient care. Fogel has also been given privileges to assist as a surgical assistant.
After moving into the new hospital, a number of items were left behind. While some items have been given to local non-profit organizations, there remain a large number of office desks, chairs, wastebaskets, side chairs, file cabinets, tables, recliners, sofas, end tables, various medical-type equipment, including hospital beds, stretchers, IV poles, patient scales, blankets, serve racks, battery backup units, a 1997 white Astro van and other miscellaneous items. The board approved for a surplus sale and to hire an auction service.
The board also approved a Med Assets contract, which is the hospital's current group purchasing organization, with the provision that the hospital conduct its own internal study and assess after a year on the new Med Assets/Broadlane contract whether or not to continue or swith to another GPO.
Capital requests for September total $224,651. Purchases include a cash register for dietary, defibrillators for EMS and orthopedic equipment for shoulder surgeries.