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The Memorial Hospital Board authorizes CEO to hire Kinder

Dr. Dennis Kinder, pictured here Wednesday at Kinder Family Clinic, may soon leave his office for a job with The Memorial Hospital. During its Tuesday meeting, TMH Board of Directors cleared the way to present Kinder with a formal job offer. If accepted, Kinder will begin working at TMH on Jan. 1.

In other action

At its Tuesday meeting, The Memorial Hospital Board also:

• Approved, 7-0, medical staff privileges to Richard Toothman, M.D.

• Approved, 7-0, the reappointment of Craig Shapiro, M.D., to the medical staff.

• Approved, 7-0, the re-instatement of C-section privileges to Jeff Womble, M.D.

• Approved, 7-0, the recommendation from the finance committee to extend a three-year service contract for a Filtrine MRI.

• Approved, 7-0, the 2011 budget.

• Approved, 7-0, an agreement to contract audit services through Stockman Kast Ryan & Co., a certified public accountant.

• Approved, 7-0, the rescheduling of meeting dates for December and January.

• Approved, 7-0, the proposed compensation guidelines for internal medicine, general surgery, OB/GYN and family practice.

• Approved, 7-0, the employment of Dr. Dennis Kinder within compensation guidelines.

• Approved, 7-0, the contract renewal for Dr. Stanley Pense within compensation guidelines.

• Approved, 7-0, a snow removal contract.

• Approved, 7-0, the guidelines for holiday bonuses.

Dr. Dennis Kinder said The Memorial Hospital Board of Directors delivered good news at its Tuesday meeting.

"Very good news," he said.

At the meeting, the board approved a request by CEO George Rohrich to hire Kinder.

Kinder, an internal medicine physician, currently operates Kinder Family Clinic, 595 Russell St., with his wife, Pamela, a doctor who specializes in neurology.

Kinder expressed an interest in joining the physician team at TMH's medical clinic and plans to begin work there Jan. 1.

Kinder has had board privileges at TMH since 1995, but he has not been on the medical staff.

Rohrich said TMH and Kinder will fine-tune a hiring agreement within the next few weeks.

"This isn't a done deal, but I'm feeling confident," Rohrich said. "We sat down and pretty much got through the hard stuff."

As part of the hire, the board authorized Rohrich to purchase Kinder's patient records at fair market value.

Those records will facilitate the transfer of patient care by Kinder from private practice to TMH.

Rohrich said the effect on Kinder's patients would be minimal.

"(The transition) should be transparent to them," Rohrich said of the patients. "There will be some changes. Check-in will be in a different place. There will be different forms. But, it will be very similar."

Kinder agreed with Rohrich's assessment.

"I think it will be a smooth transition," Kinder said. "I don't anticipate any big problems."

Rohrich said the medical clinic at TMH will be advantageous for Kinder's patients.

"Dr. Kinder will be in a group. He can help the group, and the group can help him," Rohrich said. "A group can provide better continuity. It's good for the community.

"We really look forward to him joining the group."

Kinder said a move from private practice to a hospital setting is not unusual. A collegial atmosphere is part of the draw.

"I think it may be a wave of the future," Kinder said. "For me, the primary motivation is I've basically been a solo practitioner for 12 years, and it'll be really nice to have partners and colleagues to work with in the same building and practice.

"If there's a question on one of my patients, I can just walk down the hall and talk to somebody about it."

Kinder said Pamela would continue to operate Kinder Family Clinic.

"She'll continue to work independently, just as before," he said. "Nothing will change with Pamela."

The medical clinic at TMH currently employs two general surgeons, two OB/GYNs, two family medicine physicians and two physician assistants.

Also at Tuesday's board meeting, the board authorized Rohrich to renew Dr. Stanley Pense's contract for three years. Pense, a TMH surgeon, has been employed at the hospital since January 2007.