MP Utilities & HCHC Board of Trustees Met TuesdayWritten by Anna Greiner on August 19, 2015
The Mount Pleasant Utilities Board of Trustees meet yesterday afternoon. Manager Jack Hedgecock gave an update to the board on several projects. For the new Savannah and Prairie Streets, all the electrical work has been completed. Utility crews are now focusing on a new water main and hydrants. Water and electrical accommodations are being made for a possible building. It would be to the east of the current construction project. The Iris Street Water Main Project at the Crossroads Industrial Park is completed and it was ahead of schedule. It was done for the spec building where M&M Composites will move. The work was extended south to allow for another construction project. Another project for the Utilities crews was with the Midwest Old Threshers. It updated the electrical service in the south campground to add more capacity. There are thirty new pedestals to allow for bigger RV’s. Also, a safety event is scheduled for August 26th for all of City and Utility employees. It will feature several guest speakers and it will address many aspects of safety on the job in and out of the office.
The HCHC Board of Trustees met yesterday for their regular monthly meeting. They approved an agreement with the University of Iowa Hospitals to provide HCHC with telemedicine services for newborns. Testing will begin August 26th and may open the door for other telemedicine services in the future. They also entered into an agreement with Union Bank and Trust of Lincoln, Nebraska, new regulations prohibit HCHC from collecting more than four payments on a patients bill, the bank will now set up a payment system that will allow patients to still make interest free payments over a set number of months depending on the amount of the bill. The move will allow the hospital to get their money immediately and not increase their expenses. The trustees also voted to approve changes in the behavior policy, provider on call policy, a medical staff bylaw revision and medical staff appointments and reappointments. During management reports Dave Muhs Chief Financial Officer reported patient levels were low in July but have increased in early August. C.E.O. Robb Gardner introduced the new Nurse Anesthetist at HCHC, Matt Miller. He and his wife and 3 young children have moved to Mt. Pleasant from Ohio.