Bid for waste treatment project at hospital awarded

Mountain View Builders of Sheridan submitted the only bid for the waste treatment project at South Big Horn County Hospital.  

The hospital board on May 23 accepted the company’s bid of $558,890, even though it was more than $6,000 over. 

Mountain View would be ready to start “once we get all the I’s dotted and T’s crossed (and) the USDA is OK with starting work with this bid. Either we approve it or we start over,” stated Mark Schlattmann, director of plant operations. 

“If we throw this bid out, you’re looking at a start date in March of next year,” Schlattmann continued. Board member Todd Denny was concerned that a start date next year was not workable. “I don’t think we have much choice,” he said. 

The project is estimated to take 60 days to complete. 

Trish Brown, director of laboratory services at SBHCH, came to the board to discuss the equipment needed to have her lab systems compatible with the patient health records. “The interface comes from Orchard; it takes connections that are expensive,” Brown stated. There is some urgency in the request, according to Brown. “We have to start this by July 1 to get this done. It takes days and days off for the internet connection. Computer school for employees would take place in September or October,” she stated.

Destry Stevens, information technology, also addressed the board regarding the need for this interface. “I’ve got quotes for our servers and what it will take to transfer.” Following more discussion, the board approved $110,000 for laboratory information services plus server costs. 

According to Jeff Grant, the board chair, “this is a lab upgrade and not on next years’ budget,” so it would not impact the continuing budget due to be completed before July 1 — the beginning of the new fiscal year.  

In other business:

According to board member Margie Triplett, the CT scanner was bought new in 2009 while she was head of the department. It is a 16-slice scanner which is now becoming antiquated. A 64-slice is the standard, which improves both quality and speed of a CT scan. Emily Winters, staff receptionist, is working on a grant that may cover a portion of this $750,000 piece of equipment.

Dr. Lacy Thomas, FNP, and chief nursing officer, stated that they are converting to a PYXIS system which dispenses medications and is connected directly to the pharmacy. The board approved $22,000 for the expandable system. The pharmacist will fill the PYXIS before they leave. A nurse pulls open the drawer after log in with fingerprint and password. The goal is to limit the chance of medication error.

Another project the board is committed to is replacing the roof at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home. They stated their interest in replacing the nursing home in the future with a new one, but would like to build up revenue and decrease debt before building a new nursing home. 

The next meeting of the hospital board is on June 20 at 5:30 p.m. 

By Laurie D. Morstad