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Trustees OK medical staff applications

VDMC?board also discusses possible management contract

August 22, 2012
Anne Blankenship ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

The Van Diest Medical Center board of trustees approved medical privileges for several physicians Tuesday night.

Nicole Lynn Ehn, M.D., has joined the Webster City Medical Clinic. She began her duties there in August. Ehn, a Northeast Hamilton graduate, received her bachelor of science in biology and graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. According to Palmer Schneider, hospital administrator, Ehn recently completed her residency at Iowa Lutheran Hospital.

Ehn, who will practice family medicine with obstetrics, was granted active staff privileges.

William R. Boulden, M.D., a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with Capital Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Des Moines, will hold a weekly orthopedic clinic at the hospital. He was granted consulting staff privileges.

The board of trustees approved Marnie Killip, a family practice nurse practitioner, for allied health professional privileges. Killip will be staffing the Jewell Clinic. She received her BSN from Mount Mercy College in 1978, her master of science in nursing in 1991 and her ARNP certification from Clarkson College in 2010.

Brian J. Hansen, D.O., and Carla Cloos, M.D., both with Emergency Practice Associates, were granted contract ER staff privileges.

In a related matter, the trustees approved additional privileges for Dr. Abhishake Kaapuraala to perform colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy procedures. Kaapuraala trained with the late Dr. Anil Sahai and was mentored by Dr. Mark Andrew, hospital surgeon, according to Schneider.

Mary Ann Erickson was appointed to the hospital foundation board to fill the vacant position formerly held by Brock Jacobson. Erickson, who recently retired her position as employee health nurse and volunteer coordinator for VDMC, will finish the term which expires in 2015.

The board also discussed the proposed management contract with Mercy Health Network. The board is currently on an extension of the contract through Oct. 31. A new contract will be presented at the September meeting with the board expected to vote on the agreement in October. The new contract would contain a requirement that the administrator be an employee of Mercy Health Network.

Schneider reminded the board members that two seats are up for election on the November ballot. The seats are currently held by George Heller and Carroll Ose. Those interested in running for the seats have until Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. to file nomination papers with the county auditor, according to Schneider.



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