• Swon sworn in as new VDMC board member
A new board member was sworn in Tuesday evening during the Van Diest Medical Center board meeting. Board president Carroll Ose (left) administers the oath of office to Darcy Swon (right). Swon will continue to serve the remaining term of Myra Maxon who died last March.
The board approved the medical staff appointments and reappointments Tuesday evening. The new appointments are Drs. Bryce Hoffman, Nicola Preston, Scott Green, Katherine Blomgren and Bridget Burke. Reappointments included Drs. Rick Salocker, Kenneth Adams, Swaleh Bahmadi, Charles Gilarski, Chad Rasmussen and Danice Klimek. A total of $31,256 in capital requests were approved by the Van Diest Medical Center board for July. The purchases include a software upgrade for the IT (Information Technology) department, a Stair Stepper for the physical therapy department and glidescope to be used in the surgery department. The board approved a revision to the medical staff rules and regulations on the transition of care in the emergency department with the medical staff. Anesthetist Pegah Harlan presented a program to the board on the services she provides to patients. Harlan will be participating in online course through the University of Iowa to obtain her Doctorate of Nursing degree beginning this fall with her graduation in the spring of 2017.
There was a closed session of the board to consider the purchase of particular real estate and on patient care quality initiatives. The next Van Diest Medical Center board meeting will be Tuesday,September 15.
• Hamilton County Conservation Board looks at installing solar array panels at Little Wall Lake.
A discussion on the possibility of installing solar array panels at Little Wall Lake Park near Jewell was the prime topic at Tuesday's meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board. Scott Griffin of G6 Power Solutions based in Ames said his firm would help design and install a 187 kilowatt solar array system that would help reduce in cutting in half the utility bills for the park.Conservation director Brian Lammers said if the solar panels were to be installed,the total cost in savings would be $307,000. The conservation board voted to allow Lammers and Griffin to meet with the Hamilton County Supervisors on the proposed solar array project.
In another matter, the Hamilton County Conservation Board discussed the plans of expanding the Briggs Woods Golf Course Club House. Russ Appel presented rendition drawings on the expanded club house that would be used for dinner meetings,wedding receptions and other events. The board Tuesday morning approved the allowing of private donors to help construct the expanded club house. There will be more information on how donations can be made toward the project.
Architectural plans for a new cabin at Briggs Woods Park were outlined at Tuesday's board meeting. Director Lammers said the proposed cabin would be a loft style cabin to include a downstairs area used for classrooms and the upstairs for rental space. Construction would begin in the fall. It would be the tenth cabin at Briggs Woods Park once the construction is completed by sometine next year.
The next meeting of the conservation board is set for Tuesday,August 25 at 9:30 at the Lake View Cabin at Little Wall Lake Park south of Jewell.
• Two accidents investigated by Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department investigated two accidents late last week with details released Tuesday morning.
On Friday afternoon, an accident at Lockwood Avenue and 250th Street two miles north of Kamrar involving two pickup trucks. Reportedly a northbound 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Scott Tempel of Webster City accudentally struck the rear wheel of a westbound 2013 Chevrolet Silverado truck driven by Aaron Lesmeier of Fort Dodge. The impact sent the Lesmeier truck to spin around landing in the north ditch. A corn field near the intersection may have caused visibility issues for both drivers. There were no injuries. Both the Tempel and Lesmeier trucks were severely damaged as a result of the accident.
The intersection of Highway 17 and 330th Street north of Stanhope was the location of a two vehicle accident on Saturday afternoon. Reportedly a westbound 1998 Subaru Legacy station wagon driven by Shawn Georgesen of Stanhope apparently failed to stop at the stop sign striking a south bound 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Daniel Tague of Webster City. There were no injuries reported. Damage to the Georgesen vehicle was estimated at $1500 with $500 in damage to the Tague pickup. A charge of Failure to Obey a Stop Sign was filed against Shawn Georgesen. Both of the accidents was investigated by Hamilton County Deputy Dave Turpen.
• Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
• Swon to become new Van Diest Medical Center Board member.