From the CEO

The annual SCBH Auxiliary Golf Outing took place on Sunday, August 8, 2010, and the event netted over $10,000. As previously mentioned, the proceeds are designated for the purchase of our new ambulance.

Our SCBH Governing Board approved the purchase of the new vehicle. As previously mentioned, Swift County and the SCBH Foundation are providing funding up to the previous cost estimate of $130,000. The actual purchase price is $149,971. With the donation from the SCBH Auxiliary of $10,000 and gifts to SCBH of $2,650 from the Ray Millett family and $1,500 from Agralite, we will be just under $6,000 in receiving donations to cover the total cost of the vehicle. We expect delivery of the new ambulance around the first of next year.

As previously mentioned, one of our major projects this year is the updating of our strategic plan. We completed our planning process in June and revised the objectives developed in 2009. Our governing board approved hiring NEXT, Inc. to update our master facility plan. Our goal is to complete an evaluation of our campus to address anticipated facility needs well into the future and insure that we have the space available to meet those needs. One of our areas of focus in this process is to evaluate our current clinic space to insure we have adequate facilities to deliver needed services and attract new physicians.

We are excited about the opportunities we have to visit with local and area medical students about their potential interest in coming back to Benson. One of the most effective recruitment efforts is to contact local students who grew up in this area and are interested in coming back to live and work in West Central Minnesota.

We enjoy the opportunity to show off our newly remodeled facility to students interested in all facets of medicine and we were pleased to provide a tour for visitors attending the Benson All-School Reunion this past June. We had the opportunity to present our “years-of-service” awards to our SCBH employees at the SCBH picnic in June. Over 50% of our staff are Benson High School graduates. We are so pleased that they decided to return home. They are truly an asset to our community.

I’m very pleased to announce that SCBH was recently notified that we have been designated as a Level IV trauma hospital. The designation process included an outside review of our resources and capabilities to care for trauma patients. Achieving this designation is part of our commitment to our mission.

I want to encourage you to attend this year’s SCBH Auxiliary Learn for Life program on October 11. Details regarding the program are included in this newsletter. Our thanks to Dave Solheim, PT in our physical therapy department, for providing this program for our community.

We lost a great friend this fall in the passing of Dr. Dick Griffin. “Doc” was instrumental in helping to insure that SCBH was able to provide needed health care services to the Benson community. He was the first preceptor for the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) in Benson, a program that brought Drs. Horecka, Kidd and Dammeyer to our community. Our sincere sympathy goes to Florence and the family.

As we’ve previously stated, SCBH appreciates the opportunity to be of service to the Benson community. Your trust and support of our organization has enabled us to continually improve our facility and our services. We look forward to serving you in the future.

Frank Lawatsch, CEO
Swift County-Benson Hospital

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