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Emery County Care and Rehab loses director


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By PHIL FAUVER
Guest Writer

Chairman Gil Conover called the meeting to order and turned the time over to four representatives from Superior Care and Pharmacy. This is the company that supplies medicine or drugs to the Emery County Care Center.

The spokesperson for this company was Lavona Seely Lewis. Lavona and her companions pointed out how their nationwide company had the buying power to keep the cost of drugs down for the care center. They also told of their Oscar 2 software and Omni-View Online software that allows the Emery County Care Center to order drugs by computer bar code with their E-Refill handheld scanner.

The Company RX-Claims software verifies all bills. Medicine history for each patient is recorded in the software and available to the care center as well as Superior Care and Pharmacy. Feedback, surveys and updates also provide by way of the computer and the regional representative. Superior Care and Pharmacy has been providing service to the care center for several years.

Boyd's Pharmacy is expected to be making a presentation at the next board meeting.

Commissioner Gary Kofford spoke to the board members, reminding them that the board needed to delegate authority and have faith in people.

Faith that those people will do what is required with the given authority. He also said, "It is not easy to serve on a volunteer board."

Bryan Erickson CEO gave the consultants report. The cash assets are good. The care center has 37 residents today and that is down from what he would like. More patients would bring in more money from insurance and Medicare. Year to date they have a $28,000 deficit.

The director of nursing report by Kamie Conover indicated that the Federal survey was in compliance. Patients are being moved from the South wing of the building so that it can be remodeled. Conover recommended that the board purchase a touch screen I-Pod for patients that cannot speak or have difficulty communicating. The touch screen I-Pod will assist in communicating with some patients. The estimated cost of the I-Pod is $458.

The board approved the purchase.

In the executive session the board was presented a major problem.

Bryan Erickson, CEO told the board that the Utah State Department of Professional Licensing had notified him that Caleen Wilcox's temporary administrators license had been revoked after she had been 12 days on the job.

The Utah State Department of Professional Licensing claimed that they made a mistake in issuing the temporary administrators license. Several members of the board and staff were disappointed to lose Caleen Wilcox as an administrator.

The board went into a closed hearing to decide how to proceed with obtaining a licensed administrator. They decided to review the pool of original licensed applicants for the administrators job. If none of them were interested, then the job will be advertised. Only licensed applicants will be considered. Until an administrator is hired, Bryan Erickson, CEO will be the acting administrator.

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