Volume 5, Number 34 - November 17, 2005
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Nurse shortage possible at M-BP Clinic
The Sublette County Rural Health Care Board met in Marbleton Monday, Nov. 14, and addressed a short agenda quickly; Board Member Bill Barney was absent.
Director Randy Johnson advised the board that the Marbleton-Big Piney Clinic has had one nurse complete her contract and a second one will be through Nov. 18, with no new applicants available. One registered nurse may be available on a part-time basis. The board agreed to hire a medical billing clerk.
At the Pinedale Medical Clinic, the new office space is still not on line due to continued delays in meeting State Fire Marshal regulations. In addition to handicapped access to the building, the restrooms and hallway may also need to be remodeled to comply with ADA regulations. A contract with Green Frontier of Pinedale was approved in the amount of $14,310 for remodeling to comply with HIPPA regulations. This work is expected to be completed by the end of January.
Johnson noted that contract negotiations with Dr. Judith Boyle are still underway and that there are two prospects for a physician and a physician's assistant to meet staffing needs. A new software program for data entry and storage is being considered and details will be presented to the board at its next meeting.
The board agreed to retain two legal firms to represent board interests. Holland & Hart, with offices in Cheyenne, was retained to handle medical issues while Doug Mason of Pinedale will handle other legal matters for the board. An addendum to the contract, covering added work to change the planning process for clinic designs with Davis Partnership, wasa pproved.
Andy McGinnis reviewed the Pinedale ambulance barn plans with the board, noting that minor changes are being made by the architects and that Chambers Design Build has presented a cost estimate of $934,020 for project materials and labor. Cost of utilities, dirt work and furnishings are not included. It appears that none of the recommendations made by Bill Schertz will be incorporated in the new facility.
The board agreed to change meeting times to 7 p.m. and to schedule only one meeting in December, to be held on Dec. 12 in Pinedale.
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