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Business Buzz: The Memorial Hospital evaluates renewal of Quorum contract

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The Memorial HospitalThe Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees entered into a consulting services agreement with Kim Bird this month in order to evaluate whether or not to renew its contract with Quorum Health Resources. Board of Trustees entered into a consulting services agreement with Kim Bird this month in order to evaluate whether or not to renew its contract with Quorum Health Resources.

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees entered into a consulting services agreement with Kim Bird this month in order to evaluate whether or not to renew its contract with Quorum Health Resources.

Bird is a former hospital administrator with extensive experience in health care management, according to a news release from TMH. He is currently president of Cypress Health Systems, LLC, a multi-hospital management company in Shreveport, Louisiana, which manages hospitals in Oklahoma, Florida, Montana and North Dakota.

"We really felt like we needed someone with a lot of health care expertise to help us take a look at the future management structure of the hospital," said Board Chair Forrest Luke.

The hospital's current six-year contract with QHR for management services expires in June 2016. The board signed a three-month contract with Bird, renewable monthly after the initial term. The board will be evaluating all its options, including whether to renew with QHR, consider other management companies or self-management.

"(It's) our fiduciary responsibility to take a look at the future of the hospital and how it's going to be managed, as there are a lot of new things coming with the new regulations," Luke said, referring to new federal regulations associated with the Affordable Care Act.

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Downtown Business Association has made a request to Craig City Council that the 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue are shut down from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Nadine Daszkiewicz, DBA member and owner of The Kitchen Shop of CraigThe Kitchen Shop of Craig, said with all the trick-or-treaters that head out to Yampa on Halloween, the traffic could be a safety concern., said with all the trick-or-treaters that head out to Yampa on Halloween, the traffic could be a safety concern.

The Kitchen Shop of Craig, said with all the trick-or-treaters that head out to Yampa on Halloween, the traffic could be a safety concern.

"It's crazy, there's like a thousand kids," she said.

Craig City Council is considering if the city can accommodate DBA's request.

DBA will also host a pumpkin decorating contest downtown the afternoon of Halloween.

Museum displaying local art entries

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The south wall of the downtown pack center, located at 509 Yampa Ave., is sporting a new coat of red paint. Yvonne Gustin with Country Living Realty, the business which owns the wall and made the renovation, said the change livens up the downtown area.

“We thought it would be nice to bring the wall out and upgrade,” she said.

The renovation is one way to keep property values up for downtown businesses, and Gustin felt her agency had a duty to ensuring the area is attractive to potential customers passing through the area.

TJ Montgomery of the Pack Center is happy with the new paint job. He is excited to see improvements being made to and around his business.

“It cleaned up the area tremendously,” he said.

Apart from the business aspect, Gustin said the renovation is just one more way to make sure the community keeps its charm.

“We want to keep Craig looking nice,” she said.

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