Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) is helping in the effort to secure a key designation for Keokuk Area Hospital.
He sent a two-page letter, earlier this week, to the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In it, the Congressman wrote of his support for the hospital’s appeal of the agency’s denial of Critical Access status for the facility.
CEO Wally Winkler says receiving that designation would help the hospital through some very difficult financial times.
Lee County’s Conservation Department is getting an employment boost.
The Board of Supervisors has authorized the department to promote its part-time assistant naturalist to full-time status.
The department’s oversight board had already signed off on the promotion.
Board of Supervisors Chairperson Janet Fife-LaFrenz says this will help the department in several ways, in particular through educational programs and tourism opportunities.
The Board of Trustees for Southeastern Community College (SCC) has revealed the three finalists in its search for a new college president.
They are Dr. Michael Ash, Dr. Keith Cornille and Dr. Dale Doty.
Dr. Ash currently serves as Executive Assistant to the President for Resource Development and External Affairs at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, MO.
McDonough County will upgrade security at its courthouse by the end of the year.
Sheriff Rick Van Brooker has been pushing for the upgrade. He says it will act as a deterrent.
He says, “I thought it was important that we did it right the first time. A lot of research went into it, a lot of time. And at this point I feel confident with what we'll get.”
The system will record video constantly and store it for several days. The sheriff says it will require virtually no maintenance and should provide years of service.
Hancock County's Ambulance Service has not shown improvement in the last six months.Blessing Hospital's Medical Director, Dr. Kelly Cox, oversees the service along with those in three other counties.
He says, “We're actually not moving forward. We're actually progressing backwards. And that's a very large concern on my mind that the system needs to take ownership of these issues and address them.