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Hospital board welcomes Zehner as new member
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Memorial Hospital Board welcomed a new member and staff at its regular monthly meeting, Tuesday night.

Dennis Zehner joined the board, while John White was introduced as the new plant operations manager. Human Resources manager Kim Aldridge was also recognized as it was her final meeting before retirement, March 6.

Due to other changes in the Quorum Health Resources personnel management firm, the board accepted a resolution for the continued support and representation by Herb Winters of QHR. Winters has worked with LCMH since 2006. However, his focus will narrow to managing seven hospitals under QHR contracts.

Primary Care Clinic Director Gene Allen gave a report on the acute care clinics which have seen an increase in patient visits. While the flu season is believed to be a large part of that volume, personnel are still sought to provide timely and needed services. It is a "long wait time," Allen explained, to get a healthcare professional credentialed in the state of Illinois, a three to four month process.

The addition of a Behavorial Clinical Social Worker is nearing realization, however. The social worker will be seeing individuals of all ages and working closely with the telepsychology physician for referrals, if needed.

"It is a huge need in our community," Allen said.

Receipt of an $8,000 grant will enable the facility to purchase therapy room equipment and supplies. Other grants will aid the clinics to purchase such items as blood pressure cuffs, monitors and scales.

An upcoming event, combining the efforts of the hospital and the Lawrence County Drug Coalition, will take place from 6 until 8 p.m., April 23 in the Lawrenceville High School auditorium. The panel-style presentation and discussion will give members of the community an opportunity to become informed of services available and future plans.

Although eyes are on the future, LCMH would also like to celebrate the history of its past with its 70th anniversary. Janet Kavanaugh has been called upon to spearhead the celebration which will be commemorated on July 2.


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