Longtime Van Diest Medical Center Laboratory Director Joyce Gelhaus was honored Tuesday night on her retirement. Board chairman Don Bottorff (left) presented Gelhaus (right) with a special award thanking her for her years of service at Van Diest Medical Center. During her tenure with Hamiton County Public Hospital and Van Diest Medical Center, Gelhaus has worked 84,458 hours in 38 years and 4 months-which is currently the longest tenured employee at the hospital. Gelhaus began her career in November,1974 as Lab Technologist,moving to Assistant Lab Director in July,1978 and on to Lab Director on December 31,1995 where she has continued to serve in this capacity.
The Van Diest Medical Center Board held a hearing on the 2013-14 Tax Asking Tuesday night. The amount was set at $1,600,000. This is an increase from the current year amount of $850,000. There were no written or oral objections received during the hearing.The increase in the tax asking was due to the increase in charity care cases, an increase iin IPERS,and the decrease in third payer payments.
A total of $43,936 in capital requests for the month were approved by the board for the purchase of two pediatric cribs and a new surgery table.
Two medical staff appointments were approved by the Van Diest Medical Center. Drs. Jeffrey Ashline and Danielle Anderson of Emergency Practice Associates were approved for hospital privileges.