Motley Council hears Lakewood Health System’s status for 2011

By Tina Snell, Staff Writer

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Tim Rice, president of Lakewood Health Systems in Staples, presented the 2011 annual report to members of the Motley City Council Tuesday.

“Since 1980, the hospital has grown from four doctors to 43 today,” he said. “We continue to recruit new people.”

In 2011, several new people were hired. They include Steven Andersen and Berit Amundson (family practice doctors), Dan Rose (dental surgeon), Nichole Uban (nurse midwife), Erik Dovre (obstetrics/gynecology), Roberta Pulver (psychiatric nurse), Barry Labine (dermatologist) and a number of in-house providers and extenders.

Rice said the hospital and clinics expect to hire in the near future two surgeons, an obstetrics/gynecology doctor, three family practice doctors, a pediatrician, an anesthesiologist, an anesthetist and a psychologist.

The complex has received awards from both the Minnesota Hospital Association for its summer intern program and the Minnesota Physician Magazine for its health care leadership. Jennifer Strickland was also named the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year.

Lakewood Health System employs 865 people with an annual gross revenue of $136 million. The community benefits through $900,000 in charity care and $400,000 in local benefits such as education to the public.

The future of Lakewood Healthcare System includes hip replacements this year, a remodeled care center and additional space in the clinics to be paid for from a 3.35 percent loan from the United States Department of Agriculture.

For 2012, Rice said he strives for a 44 percent employee engagement score, an increase in clinic visits by 5 percent, achieve a net operating income of $3.6 million and make healthy and measurable changes in eating, weight and activity in the Staples Motley Middle School students.

Motley City Council briefs

Other business conducted by the Motley City Council Tuesday night included:

• Voting to give the Motley Music Fest $1,000 and another $1,000 toward its fireworks;

• Setting a special meeting for Wednesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall to approve the plans for the 2012 street project;

• Approving the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation to approve the split of the Mark Frisk property just south of Mill Pond Street;

• Voting to add Police Chief Brian Madison to the Motley Fire Department’s hiring committee;

• Approving the use of approximately $11,000 from the Fire Department’s reserve fund for five sets of turnout gear;

• Learning that both squad cars were in the shop, one for a fuel pump leak and the other for voltage issues due to corrosion. They were expected to be back on the street by Wednesday;

• Hearing from Maintenance Supervisor Wayne Borros that he would like to move the old Free Methodist Church to Veterans Park to ensure it’s preserved;

• Hearing a reminder that the citywide cleanup would be held Saturday, May 12, from 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the maintenance ship on Eledredge Street;

• Asking the street committee to meet and discuss additional lighting on the city’s streets. Council Member Bruce Mills said he felt the streets were darker than they should be, especially on Cemetery Road; and

• Voting to donate $550 towards the local swimming program.

The next City Council meeting will be held at the Motley City Hall Tuesday, June 12, at 7 p.m.