HCHC continues to look for OB-GYN

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


Henry County Health Center hopes to fill some empty physician spots in the next year, welcoming a new resident physician from Cedar Rapids next summer to join their Emergency Room staff and continuing their search for an OB-GYN.

With the possibility of having four, full-time staff members in the ER, HCHC CEO Robb Gardner said ?that would be a record,? during the board of trustees meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Gardner said HCHC is interviewing two OBGYNs currently and that there are no other interested candidates.

The hospital also reported finances for October much better than the prior three months, said Dave Muhs, HCHC chief financial officer. Muhs said the improved finances were volume driven, with more people seeing care as the winter months set in.

An assessment done by HCHC showed that the hospital provides over $1 million community benefits to Henry County based on numbers from 2016. These benefits are designed to improve health in the community and increase access to health care through health screenings, support groups, counseling, immunizations, nutritional services and transportation programs.

The hospital renewed their property insurance this year, and although some people were asking if property rates would go up in light of the storms and wildfires across the U.S., insurance agent Mike Vens said that they do not affect property insurance in the Midwest.

The insurance this year increased 2.5 percent, which Vens said is below the national average.

As for auto insurance, the rate increased, in part due to a couple run ins ambulances had with deer this past year. ?Those repairs get pretty ?cashy? because of all the special equipment,? Vens said.

As the hospital continues working with Board of Public Health and the County Supervisors as Public Health is transferred to their jurisdiction, Gardner said HCHC is committed to continuing the relationship with Public Health until their contract expires at the end of the fiscal year in June 2018.

This information was provided in light of the county looking into possibly transitioning overseeing Public Health by the new year, rather than waiting until the new fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2018.

The next board of trustees meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 19.