6th Annual Wacky Quacky Duck Race is Monday, Sept. 3
Hospital district officials released a long-awaited forensic audit to the Adair County Community Voice last week. The Voice recently filed an open records request for the audit but the hospital district denied the request. The Voice responded with an appeal to the Attorney General’s office. The hospital district filed a response to the appeal but notified the Voice on Monday, Aug. 20 that it was dropping the appeal and made the document available.
Attached is a copy of a portion of the forensic audit and a conclusion written by Lattimore Black Morgan and Cain, the auditing firm hired to conduct the audit. ( A number of attachments, including receipts, computer printouts and contracts evaluated by the auditing firm are not included here.)
ADAIR COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
August 28, 2012
- Call to Order
- Approval of Minutes: July 31, 2012
- Approval of Minutes: August 16, 2012
- CEO Report: Rodger Klein, Interim CEO
- Financial Statements: Tammy Curry, Interim CFO
- Bad Debts: Tammy Curry, Interim CFO
- Discussion of Hospital Operations
- Recommendations from the Medical Staff: Dr. Clinton Kiteck
- Medical Staff Bylaw change
- Executive Session: KRS 61.810(1)(f): Discussions or hearings which might lead to the appointment, discipline, or dismissal of an individual employee, member, or student without restricting that employee’s, member’s, or student’s right to a public hearing if requested. This exception shall not be interpreted to permit discussion of general personnel matters in secret. KRS 61.810(1)(c) Discussions of proposed or pending litigation against or on behalf of the public agency.
The judicial nominating commission announced today they have chosen three candidates for consideration to fill the circuit court judge vacancy.
Those names are Jerry L. Foster, Judy Denise Vance and Ronald Brian Wright.
Wright and Vance both filed for candidacy. Foster did not file but was nominated by the members of the commission.
The Adair County Hospital District board voted to hire David Rasmussen as CEO during a brief special called meeting Saturday.
The board went into executive session for less than 30 minutes before returning with the vote. Rasmussen has been serving as CEO at the Russell County Hospital while the hospital was managed by Alliant Management Services. The hospital announced this past week it changed management companies.
According to past articles in the Times-Journal in Russell County, Rasmussen has experience as a CEO within the investor-owned sector of the healthcare industry and an impressive track record in physician recruitment during his career. Rasmussen served as CEO of Haywood Park Community Hospital in Brownsville, Tenn. and McKenzie Regional Hospital in McKenzie, Tenn. Both hospitals are owned and operated by Community Health Systems in Brentwood, Tenn.
Rasmussen received his Masters Degree in Health Service Administration from the University of Arkansas and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business from Idaho State University. He is also Board Certified in Healthcare Management by the American College of Health Care Executives in Chicago.
Rasmussen will receive $9,500 a month for a six-month probationary period then his salary will increase to $11,000 a month, according to board members. He will be an employee of the hospital and not under contract.
Board members were encouraged by the opportunity that suddenly occurred this week after Russell County changed management firms, leaving Rasmussen available.
“It’s divine intervention,” said board member Richard Grant with a laugh.
All current board members, Chairman Jim Evans, Grant, Craig Pyles and Bruce White, were present and voted for the motion.
Rasmussen will start work at Westlake Monday.
Board members would not discuss the relationship with Spectrum Health Partners, who resigned from a contract that provided a CEO. The contract ends Sept. 14 and board members would not comment about whether the transition is a friendly one. Spectrum was receiving $25,000 a month for the CEO position.
While the hiring Saturday brought some enthusiasm to hospital employees and board members, the hospital is going through a difficult time right now reducing staff positions to balance the budget.
Several employees have resigned after word that the hospital would no longer pay full health benefits for employees and family members. Guy Shepherd, the IT director who has led the hospital’s effort to implement “Meaningful Use,” a digital health care records project, has given his notice. Shepherd has offered to help with the transition and to make sure the hospital can continue successfully with the transition.
County Judge Executive Ann Melton attended the brief meeting and said she thought the board’s decision to hire a CEO was a good move. She does not know the new CEO but got great reports from the Russell County Judge Executive, she said.
Melton also commented about the employees they are losing at the hospital.
“Hopefully in a year we will be hiring them back,” she said.
• Gospel group, Living By Faith, will sing at Tabor Community Church on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. The pastor and congregation invite everyone to attend. Special singings are held every Sunday night at the church. The church is located on Hwy. 704.
• The Homeplace on Green River, located at 5807 Hwy. 55, south of Campbellsville, will hold its annual Heritage Festival. Join them for a day filled with games, arts and crafts, vendors, barrel train and hay rides. Admission is free. For more information, call 465-4511.
• The Adair County Retired Teachers will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at William T’s at the Pines. New retirees will be recognized. Lunch will start at 11 a.m. All retired teachers are in invited to attend.
• There will be a pork BBQ and silent auction at Bloomington Chapel Church on Saturday, Aug. 25 starting at noon. All proceeds will go toward the building fund. Bro. Ralph Foster and congregation invite everyone to attend.
• Pickett’s Chapel United Methodist Church will host a community singing led by Johnnie Janes on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. For more information, call 378-5437. Everyone is invited to attend.
• The annual Wray family reunion will be held Sunday, Sept. 2 at Bow School House at noon located at the church picnic shelter. Potluck lunch will be served. Please bring a covered dish. All family and friends are invited to attend.
• Bear Wallow United Methodist Church, located at 6132 Liberty Rd., will host a gospel singing by Andy Roberts on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Pastor Glen LaFond and congregation invite everyone to attend. For more information, call 384-9005.
• There will be homecoming services at Russell Heights Baptist Church on Sunday, Aug. 26 starting at 10:30 a.m. with a fellowship meal to follow. Bro. Lewis Haynes will preach. Pastor Darrell Treece and congregation invite everyone to attend.
(Adair County, KY) – On August 22, 2012, the Kentucky State Police Post 15 Columbia received a call at 11:00pm of two escapees from the Adair County Regional Jail Class D Minimum Security Facility. Trooper Chris Saunders responded to the facility to discover Antonio Howard and Ira Boles had walked away.
Direction of travel is unknown; it is thought they were enroute to Lexington.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or any local law enforcement.
The Adair County High School SBDM Council met for 30 minutes tonight to discuss and vote on the issue regarding the vacant agriculture teaching position. The SBDM Council voted 4-2 in favor of not filling the vacant position and moving the position to another academic area of need.
Teachers Micheal Godsey, Marsha Reddick and Kevin Robertson voted in favor of Principal Troy Young’s recommendation. Parent members Melinda Franklin and Sandy Pyles voted against the recommendation.
Young also announced that Superintendent Alan Reed informed him of his plans to go to the school board with a recommendation of hiring an instructional assistant to aid the current two ag teachers while they absorb the classes taught by retired teacher Terry Harvey.
See next the Aug. 30 issue of the Community Voice for more information.
BOIL WATER ADVISORY HAS BEEN LIFTED.
BOIL WATER ADVISORY
Date Issued: 8/22/12
Time Issued: 1:00 P.M.
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair
Utilities District for customers on College Park, Appen Avenue, Jones Wright
Court, Russell Road from Westlake Drive to Russell Creek Bridge.
The advisory has been issued due to a main line break.
Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure.
Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for three minutes before using.
This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.
For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone
at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.
Spectrum Health Partners announced it would end its contract with the hospital district effective Sept. 14.
Spectrum announced its resignation during a special called meeting of the hospital board last week.
As of Aug. 15, the hospital district owes Spectrum $265,469 in fees, some due as far back as April, according to the letter of resignation from Spectrum President Ken Doran.
Rodger Klein, interim CEO who was hired as part of an agreement with Spectrum, continues to lead Westlake during the implementation of an expense reduction plan and is expected to continue until a 30-day notice period ends.
Hospital board chairman Jim Evans said Tuesday evening that hiring a CEO would be discussed during the board’s next regular meeting, scheduled for Tuesday night.
FRANKFORT – Governor Steve Beshear announced Monday that more Kentucky counties have been classified as drought disaster areas by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
In a letter to the governor, Vilsack declared an additional 68 Kentucky counties as primary disaster areas due to losses caused by drought that occurred April 1 and continuing. Adair County is one of those counties.
Other nearby counties included in the declaration are Barren, Cumberland, Clinton, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor, Warren and Wayne counties.
Also as a result of this designation, 22 contiguous counties are eligible for assistance. Nearby counties that qualify include Casey, LaRue and Hardin.
After a similar declaration last month and earlier this month, Kentucky now has 116 counties as either primary or contiguous disaster areas due to drought, every county except Bell, Harlan, Leslie and Perry counties.
“We are pleased that Sec. Vilsack has issued this disaster designation for the benefit of additional farm families in Kentucky. While some areas have seen rain in recent weeks, it did not arrive in time to mitigate agricultural losses in these counties,” said Beshear. “The widespread impact this drought has had on the commonwealth can be seen in that 97 percent of the state is covered by a disaster designation. I appreciate Sec. Vilsack’s continued support of our farm families.”
To date, USDA has designated 1,792 counties as disaster areas—1,670 due to drought.
Employees at Westlake Regional Hospital and a number of primary care centers are learning their fate today as officials begin implementing a plan to drastically reduce costs.
The decision to cut 24 jobs is only part of an expense reduction model approved by the hospital board Tuesday in an effort to keep banks at bay and get a cash infusion from the county. On Tuesday evening, the fiscal court voted to loan the hospital district $1.5 million.
DEVELOPING A PLAN
The hospital district was days away from closing its doors when the plan was approved Tuesday. Last week, the board met on Thursday night in a special called meeting to hammer out a way to keep the doors open.
Two new hospital board members took the reigns in proposing cost-cutting measures and the other three board members were slow to agree.
Craig Pyles and Richard Grant, who were just appointed to the hospital board…
To read more, get this week’s issue of the Adair County Community Voice. Newspapers are in racks early this afternoon and in mailboxes on Thursday.
By Sharon Burton
After further review of ACHS SBDM policies by ACHS Principal Troy Young and Superintendent Alan Reed, the ACHS Site Based Council will get to vote on the third teaching position in the ag department.
Young has announced that there will be a special called meeting Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 6 P.M. at the high school gymnasium. The purpose of the meeting is for the SBDM council to vote on “reassigning a vacated position from vocational agriculture to an academic area.” The meeting is open to the public.
ADAIR COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
August 21, 2012
1. Call to Order
2. Any and all discussions relating to the finances of the hospital.
SPECIAL CALLED FISCAL COURT MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2012
5:00 P.M. CST
BASEMENT OF ADAIR COUNTY ANNEX BUILDING
424 PUBLIC SQUARE, ST 1, COLUMBIA KY 42728
1. ROLL CALL
2. CALL TO ORDER
3. WESTLAKE REGONIAL HOSPITAL
A dozen people gave reason after reason why a third teaching position in the high school vocational agriculture program should remain, but in the end principal Troy Young made the decision to eliminate the position.
More than 300 parents, teachers, farmers, businessmen, public officials and students packed into the gymnasium to show there support for keeping a third teaching position in the ag department.
More than a dozen people including David Herbst, Tommy Grider, agriculture teacher Kirby Hancock, magistrate Billy Rowe, attorneys Elmer George and Todd Spalding, spoke to the Site Based Decision Making Council for nearly three hours about the importance of agriculture and ag education to the community.
After a brief round of comments from council members, Young announced that according to a SBDM policy from 2008, it was his decision alone on whether or not the third teaching position would remain.
Young said it is his recommendation that classes that are in progress under the third teaching position continue to be taught by a substitute teacher for the remaining of the first trimester. After that, the high school would integrate a foreign language position in its place.
The staffing policy adopted in February 2008 states: “In August, notify the SBDM Council of how each new and returning staff members has been assigned.”
It leaves in question, however, how Young can assign a position for a teacher that apparently has not yet been hired by the site based council.
Following his announcement, people quickly expressed confusion and anger. Students were in tears, farmers questioned the need for a council and some SBDM council members were obviously confused.
In an interview following the meeting, council member Sandy Pyles apologized to the community for the way the issue was handled.
“I had no idea nor did Melinda Franklin that a decision was already made,” Pyles said. “We were just as surprised as everyone else.
“We walked out in shock. We wasted three hours of our time and everyone else’s. We were in there thinking we could all reach an agreement that would be good for everybody. I would love to see two positions hired.
“I am just shocked. I would not feel as bad if when he (Young) passed his recommendation down the table it had not been typed. He came in to the meeting knowing what he was going to do. I apologize to the community for the waste of time. I thought we all had a say.”
During magistrate Billy Rowe’s comments he recommended that the council use the funds allotted for Harvey’s salary to hire both an ag teacher and a foreign language teacher. A new teacher’s salary is far less than a salary for a teacher reaching retirement.
“I think he made up his mind before he got here,” Rowe said. “The site based council members should have gotten to vote and not just the principal.”
Many people flocked to the middle of the gym as soon as the meeting was adjourned. Avid supporters were shouting questions at Young and other council members. Most council members and Young were able to leave the gym shortly after the meeting. However, council members Kevin Robertson and Michael Godsey were stuck with the brunt of the questions.
“I don’t appreciate the way our principal acted,” Ernie Rodgers said. “The way he wouldn’t let the site based council vote.”
Ag students and FFA members, who were dressed in full attire, were in tears throughout the gymnasium.
FFA president Jana Hopkins said she was angry about the decision but tried to console other FFA members who were also upset about the decision.
“FFA is supposed to grow, not decrease,” Hopkins said. “Tomorrow is going to be rough. This is the worst thing that I could ever imagine. This is a nightmare. If I didn’t have ag in high school, I would be the quiet one that never talked to anyone. If ag decreases, people won’t stick with it. He had his mind made up before we got here. FFA is the reason I come to school and the reason I have come so far in high school.”
Hopkins said with the elimination of the third position it eliminates opportunities for a third of the students in the program.
“They didn’t ask for this,” Hopkins continued. “I wish he wouldn’t have had his mind made up.”
Amber Phillips, senior scrapbooking officer for FFA, was in tears immediately after the decision was announced.
“I think Mr. Young should have made the vote in public,” Phillips said. “He made up his mind before he got here. Two teachers can’t teach 300 students.”
“I feel like everyone should have gotten to vote,” said FFA student Amber Akers. “FFA is the biggest organization in this school. I don’t see how they expect two teachers to do all the work.”
The Community Voice is attempting to contact the rest of the SBDM council members and superintendent Alan Reed. Stay tuned to this week’s issue of the Community Voice for more in-depth coverage.
SBDM Council members are Michael Godsey, Marsha Reddick, Kevin Robertson, Melinda Franklin and Sandy Pyles. The council meets on the third Monday of each month at 3:15 p.m. at the high school.
By Allison Cross-Hollon
Community Voice Assistant Editor Allison Cross-Hollon will soon post an article about the high school Site Based Decision Making Committee meeting that left the 300 plus people in attendance stunned as Principal Troy Young made the decision to eliminate an agriculture teacher position without a vote from the site based members.
Meanwhile, here are some photo highlights.
Around 40 farm trucks, tractors, commercial semis and various farm implements rolled onto school grounds around 1:30 p.m. as a show of the farm community’s desire to retain a third agriculture teacher position at the high school. The Site Based Decision Making Council meets at 3:15 p.m. today to consider eliminating a position in the ag program.
Some numbers that are sure to be brought up during the meeting include the economic impact of agriculture in Adair County:
2010 Cash Receipts- $43.2 million
From Livestock-$33.79 million
From Crops- $9.4 million
2nd in state for # of Dairy Cattle
3rd in state for # of Dairy Farms (As of June 1)
6th in state for # of Beef Cattle
7th in state for acres of Hay
23rd in state in burley tobacco acreage
Released: August 19, 2012
(Green County, KY) –
The Kentucky State Police Post 15 Columbia responded to a residence on Gabe Road to assist the Green County Sheriff’s Department with the report of a robbery.
At approximately 8:30 in the morning an unknown Hispanic female knocked on the door of the Gabe Road residence. Upon opening the door the victim was forced to the ground and bound with tape by three unknown Hispanic males. The male subjects took an undetermined amount of cash and a TV from the residence.
Suspects were armed with handguns and fled the scene in an unknown vehicle.
Detective Mike Dubree is continuing the investigation into this matter. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is urged to contact the Kentucky State Police or local law enforcement.