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TMH board says goodbye to longtime member

Joshua Roberts

In other action

The hospital board:

• Approved, 5-0, Nov. 25 board meeting minutes.

• Approved, 5-0, minutes from a Dec. 9 board/The Memorial Hospital Facilities Corporation special joint meeting.

• Approved, 5-0, Dec. 11 medical staff meeting minutes.

• Approved, 5-0, Dec. 11 building committee meeting minutes.

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• Conducted a 30-minute executive session to discuss contractual negotiations.

• Withdrew from the meeting agenda approval of the 2009 TMH budget and a Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association lease agreement. Both items could be presented at next month’s meeting.

• Approved, 5-0, the reappointment of medical staff privileges for doctors Andre Huffmire, John Sharp, Pamela Kinder, Larry Kipe and Scott Sulentich.

• Approved, 4-0, the reappointment of medical staff privileges for optometrist Ron Danner. Danner, also a TMH board member, abstained from the vote.

• Approved, 5-0, medical staff advancement for doctors Lawrence Pertcheck and Craig Shapiro.

• Approved, 4-1, medical staff provisional appointment for doctors Gregory Fairchok and Alan Davidoff. Board member Corrie Ponikvar voted against the motion.

A decade’s worth of public service drew closer to a finish Tuesday night for a long-time Moffat County resident and member of The Memorial Hospital board.

Sue Lyster, the second-longest tenured TMH board member, joined the hospital board in 1998, after a Moffat County Commission appointment.

She has served two five-year terms since and occupied every position on the board, including a 3 1/2-year stint as board chairman.

Her term expires next month, and she is not seeking reappointment.

TMH board members and administrators presented Lyster with a plaque at the hospital’s monthly meeting Tuesday.

The plaque includes an architect’s rendering of TMH’s new facility, currently under construction west of town.

“She’s very visionary,” said George Rohrich, TMH chief executive officer. He added that Lyster was one of the board members who interviewed him in 2006 for the CEO position, and he walked away from the meeting with a good impression of her and the hospital organization.

The new hospital plaque particularly was fitting for Lyster, given the new hospital project was something she’d worked on as a board member for all of her 10 years.

“It was important to me to stay and finish that,” Lyster said.

She said she’ll be excited to see the last decade of work materialize when the new facility opens its doors for the first time. TMH administrators project a December 2009 opening for the new hospital.

“Oh, my gosh, it will be incredible,” Lyster said. “Fulfilling. We’ve worked on this for 10 years and put a lot of heart and soul into it.”

Lyster’s term officially expires in January 2009, but she will be out of town for that month’s board meeting, making Tuesday night her last official meeting as a board member.

The Moffat County Commission will appoint her replacement in January.

Board members discussed Tuesday night qualities they’d like to see from the incoming board member.

Desired qualities discussed Tuesday include someone who has time to devote to the board, professional background or experience, a vision for long-range planning, and a desire to do what’s best for the community.

Lyster said she considers the hospital a community pillar and that serving the hospital and the community has been a “privilege.”

She said the new hospital project, along with completing a medical staff development plan, were two of her main priorities. With one under construction and the other in progress, she decided now would be a good time to step down.

“I think a lot of large projects are well on their way, and it was time to start getting some new blood on the board,” Lyster said.

“It’s been a great privilege,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve been on the board. : I’m very proud of all the progress we’ve made in the last 10 years.”

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

In other action

The hospital board:

• Approved, 5-0, Nov. 25 board meeting minutes.

• Approved, 5-0, minutes from a Dec. 9 board/The Memorial Hospital Facilities Corporation special joint meeting.

• Approved, 5-0, Dec. 11 medical staff meeting minutes.

• Approved, 5-0, Dec. 11 building committee meeting minutes.

• Conducted a 30-minute executive session to discuss contractual negotiations.

• Withdrew from the meeting agenda approval of the 2009 TMH budget and a Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association lease agreement. Both items could be presented at next month’s meeting.

• Approved, 5-0, the reappointment of medical staff privileges for doctors Andre Huffmire, John Sharp, Pamela Kinder, Larry Kipe and Scott Sulentich.

• Approved, 4-0, the reappointment of medical staff privileges for optometrist Ron Danner. Danner, also a TMH board member, abstained from the vote.

• Approved, 5-0, medical staff advancement for doctors Lawrence Pertcheck and Craig Shapiro.

• Approved, 4-1, medical staff provisional appointment for doctors Gregory Fairchok and Alan Davidoff. Board member Corrie Ponikvar voted against the motion.