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Hornbeck thanks EMS for service

‘This whole board appreciates them and all they do’

— “I really want to acknowledge all the time they put in and the hard work they do to save so many lives,” said Twila Hornbeck, Syringa Hospital board trustee “This whole board appreciates them and all they do.”

At the Syringa Hospital May 23 regular board meeting, Hornbeck publicly thanked the local EMTs and EMS workers.

The thanks were echoed throughout the room for the time and sacrifice the local emergency service personnel put in for the local communities.

A report from director of facilities Bill Spencer stated EMS responders Brian Adams and Zach Peterson were recently honored for five years of service, Rachel Beeson for 15, and Kim Spencer for 20.

Director of human resources Katy Eimers reported that Dr. Kimberly Campbell will start Aug. 28. She will work three days a week in the Grangeville primary care clinic and one day in the Kooskia clinic. Family nurse practitioners Mark Imus recently retired after 41 years in the medical field.

Marketing/community relations coordinator Dana Greig reported the Health Matters edition was in the June 7 issue of the Free Press.

The chief nursing officer report stated Krystyna Sherrer, RN, spent time in OB training at Kootenai Health and will be OB independent this month.

In addition, Misti Ruddell and Margretta Fortin, RNs, spent a day training in trauma in Spokane.

The written Syringa Foundation report stated Syringa Auxiliary Thrift Shop volunteers contributed 603 hours in April. Monthly sales of $9,342 were 16 percent below April last year. Expenses were 6 percent higher, resulting in net income that was down 51 percent, at $2,162.

“The increased expenses [over last year] were to do with the purchase of the building,” explained interim CEO Betty Watson.

Watson reported the previous month’s disbursements were $1,225,949, and charges written off as bad debt and sent to collection were $57,658.

Year to date, swingbed patients were down 14.7 percent over last year, surgeries were down 22.2 percent, and ultrasounds were down 19 percent.

Newborn patient days were up 15.2 percent, deliveries were up 27.3 percent, OP procedures were up 64.4 percent, anesthesia minutes were up 46.3 percent and Kooskia clinic was up 10.9 percent. Hospice days were also up 27.9 percent.

New board trustees will be sworn in Wednesday, June 14, 9 a.m. The regular board meeting will take place Tuesday, June 27, 12:30 p.m. Both are at the Soltman Center.


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