The Henry County Hospital Board of Directors held their monthly board meeting
on Monday, October 7, 2013 in the Heller Community Room at Henry County
Hospital. Present at the meeting were Dr. Joseph Krueger, Chairman of
the Board; Marv Barlow; Vice Chairman, Kimberly Bordenkircher, Chief Executive
Officer; Dr. Douglas Lindsey, Rick Fruth, Tom Mack, Dr. Robert Limbird
and Jim Burkhart. Also present were: Diane Walther, Controller; Michelle
Rychener, Chief Operating Officer; Patricia Frank, Chief Nursing Officer
and Lee Ann Druhot, Executive Assistant.
Kim Bordenkircher, Chief Executive Officer, presented the hospital monthly
report to the Board of Directors:
- I am pleased to announce that Brenda Falter has accepted the position of
HIMS Manager. Brenda’s first date at HCH was on Thursday, September
19, 2013. Brenda has a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Administration
and is a Registered Health Information Administrator. Brenda has most
recently worked at Memorial Hospital in Fremont, has over 30 years of
experience in the field of HIMS, and has an extensive background in ICD-10,
HIPAA/Privacy, Compliance, RAC oversight, process improvement, and data
- Starting in August 2013, Henry County Hospital will be providing School
Nursing coverage in all Liberty Center, Patrick Henry, and Holgate Schools.
Although the hospital has provided LPN (licensed practical nursing) coverage
to assist the School Nurse in the Napoleon School District for several
years, this is the first time that this type of service has been offered
to the other Henry County Schools. Using the framework that has worked
in the Napoleon School System for several years, the three schools districts
agreed to collaborate with the hospital to provide a more efficient and
cost effective way to caring for their students. Five ways a School Nurse
benefits the school include;
- School Nurses improve attendance through health promotion, disease prevention, and disease
management. Students with a full-time school nurse have about half the
student illness- or injury-related early releases from school where no
school nurse is present.
Academics– Improved attendance means the healthy student is in the classroom and ready
School Nurses enable better performance, which also contributes to reducing dropout rates.
Time –School Nurses save time for principals, teachers, and staff. A school nurse in the building
saves principals, teachers, and clerical staff a considerable amount of
time that they would have spent addressing health concerns of students.
Staff Wellness- School Nurses improve the general health of staff. According to school reports, principals,
teachers, and clerical staff are
VERY satisfied with having school nurses in their schools for several reasons:
• Teachers can focus on teaching
• Office staff spends less time calling parents and sending students home
• Healthy staff means increased attendance and productivity
Accountability- School Nurses help schools stay accountable.
• Promoting compliance with federal and state law mitigates lawsuits
• Advocating for adequate staffing aligns with Healthy People 2020
Recommendations of the ratio of one school nurse per 750 well students (1:750)
• Preparing for emergencies saves lives and property
• Addressing student mental health links to academic achievement
· Diane Walther, Controller, presented the financial statements
for August 2013. There were 52 admissions and 4 births through August.
Days in accounts receivable decreased to 43.
- The next Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 4, 2013 in the
Heller Community Room.