The Lake Chelan Community Hospital (LCCH) Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Feb. 21, 2017. Among the topics covered on the agenda were an overview of artist renderings for the proposed new hospital and the state of the hospital address from officers.
LCCH Chief Executive Officer Kevin Able presented artist renderings of the proposed hospital which will go to citizens for a vote on April 25, 2017.
“These are renderings, there is nothing finalized,” Commissioner Mary Signorelli explained. “There are going to be some changes before it’s completed. We have not gone to blueprints.”
The preliminary site plan includes covered drop-off areas for both the main entrance and ambulances and a healing garden with an adjacent area for future expansion and an addition for a possible future Lake Chelan Clinic.
“It will take the people who actually use the building to tweak it a little more, and that’s important that they get to voice their opinion,” Signorelli said of allowing the LCCH staff to contribute to the site plan prior to moving forward.
Able went on to give a report on the Safety Dashboard which is a quarterly report that gages the hospital’s performance in comparison to other critical access hospitals.
Overall, the hospital scored better than average compared to other facilities with exception of one area. Frequency of needle pricks, which was an issue mentioned in the previous quarterly report, was reported as higher than average.
“What are we doing about a correction action plan?” Commissioner Mary Murphy asked.
“We looked into new needles,” said Vernita Nolan, nursing manager for LCCH. “The way they work now is that they fold up, and unfortunately the needle is still accessible. There has been investigation into a different kind of needle capping system.”
“It would be good to try something new since this seems to be a chronic problem,” Murphy recommended.
Able followed up his reports by thanking Nolan for her years of service to the community. Nolan announced her retirement and that Courtney Wallace would replace her.
“She has done a wonderful job here with our quality group,” said Able. “I genuinely appreciate the work she has done here. I want to publicly thank her in front of the board.”
“It has been my privilege to work for this hospital,” Nolan stated.
The next meeting of the LCCH Board of Commissioners is scheduled for March 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Board Meetings are normally scheduled on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. They are held in the hospital board room at 503 E. Highland Avenue in Chelan, Washington.
(By Jillian Foster)