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By Lois E Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Pain management program is an asset


December 6, 2018

No one was elected from the City of Barnum to serve on the Mercy Hospital Board of Directors, it was said at a meeting of the board on Monday, Nov. 27.

“There were three people who received two write-in votes each,” said CEO Mike Delfs. “I checked Google maps and found out that each of the three live in Barnum.”

One of the people who received write-in votes was Dawn Hultgren, who currently serves on the board.

It was decided that Board Chairperson Kelly Goeb, call each of the people that had received the write-in votes and ask each one if she would be willing to serve on the board.

Sue Pederson, who had been elected to the board from Silver Township, was present at the meeting. She will take her seat on the board in January.

The other board members up for re-election ran unopposed and were re-elected, it was said.

Delfs reported out the pain management program has been a focus of the hospital this year.

“Our focus this year has been to expand the services in the pain management program,” he said. “That will include rehabilitation services. When you have mobility issues, that is brought into it.”

“I am hearing nothing but positive, positive things about it,” said Board Member Joanne Collier.

“Not many people know that we have this service,” said Delfs.

He also said the University of Minnesota doesn’t have small hospitals with that service. It was going to be brought to the university to see if Mercy Hospital could be a clinical site for those studies.

“When you teach, you learn,” he said.

Angie Gran, the director of finance, presented a preliminary report about the audit. The formal audit report will be presented on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the board room at the hospital. The audit was conducted by WIPFLI in early September, she said.

“There were no credit adjustments,” she said. “That’s good news.”

Gordon Forbort is the interim chief financial officer.

The December meeting of the board was moved to Monday, Dec. 17, at 5:30 p.m.


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