The Kearney County Board of Supervisors heard updates and opened bids during the May 16 meeting. Supervisor Robert Swanson was absent for the proceedings.
KCHS CEO Luke Poore spoke to the board about plans to update the Radiology Department at the hospital. Medicare guidelines for radiology have changed over the years and require digital equipment to be used by January 1, 2018. In order to maintain compliance, KCHS has taken steps to obtain digital equipment, but the machine requires more space than the current x-ray room allows. To accommodate the new equipment and provide an overall better patient experience, a remodel of the Radiology Department is also planned.
Poore explained that the new machine will cost $180,000 while the building updates are estimated at $714,000. KCHS is pursuing a REDLG grant for $360,000 through the City of Minden and will use Glenwood for further financing. Both grants are ten year, zero percent interest loans. KCHS has the revenue to pay for the updates, but Poore believes being conservative with funds and taking advantage of grants is the best course of action at this time. He also told the board that KCHS is looking at providing an orthopedic surgery specialty clinic. He offered to attend meetings semi regularly to keep the supervisors up to date on KCHS business.
see May 24 Courier for full story