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[JUNE 18, 2004]  New volunteer community leaders took their seats on the boards of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital during the recent joint annual meeting for ALMH and the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation. Nearly 100 people attended the dinner that highlighted the hospital's progress over the past year and acknowledged the many positive outcomes after the affiliation of ALMH with Memorial Health System 10 years ago, in 1994.

ALMH, along with the other affiliates of Memorial Health System, was recognized in December 2003 for its commitment to quality with the Bronze Award from the Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence. William Hull, president of the ALMH board, noted that this was a pivotal event in the life of ALMH and that the entire Memorial Health System had set a goal to become a Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Organization by the end of the decade.

Hull also acknowledged that ALMH's transition to Critical Access Hospital status set a positive tone for financial outcomes this fiscal year. The federal program administered by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services assists smaller community-based hospitals with a more fair reimbursement for the services they provide to Medicare patients. "ALMH can continue to purchase the latest medical technology, hire the best clinicians and actively pursue its vision of becoming the best rural hospital in America," said Hull.

A full year-end financial statement for ALMH was included in the ALMH Advance and recently mailed to all area households.

Hull also praised the efforts of the ALMH Auxiliary, which recently fulfilled a $36,000 pledge to purchase the third new Care-A-Van for ALMH.

As president of the hospital's medical staff, Dr. Paul Kasa commended the ALMH staff for their commitment to patient-centered care through a laser-sharp focus on quality, safety and clinical effectiveness. With 11 board-certified primary care providers, two board-certified ob-gyn doctors on the staff and an additional 91 physicians, representing 19 medical specialties, who are credentialed by ALMH to treat patients in Lincoln, Kasa noted that there is no reason why ALMH and its affiliated physicians cannot serve as the front door to a world of health care for all in the Logan County area.

Kasa also serves as the chair of the ALMH Quality and Safety Council, sits on the ALMH board of directors, and, along with Hull, represents Logan County on the Memorial Health System board of directors.

Robert Clarke, chief executive officer of Memorial Health System, recognized the 10 years of partnership between ALMH and the Memorial Health System. He praised the leadership of the 1994 ALMH board for the bold steps they took to affiliate with Memorial Health System. The leaders included board chair Bill Sahs, executive board members Terry Brown, Don Behle, Robert Albert and Perry Schneider, and president and CEO David Sniff. The leadership team of the ALMH parent board at the time consisted of William Hull, Shirley Edwards and Judy Awe.


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The ALMH annual meeting also signifies the start of a new board year for its volunteer leaders.

It was announced that retired Sen. Robert Madigan begins a three-year term on the ALMH board of directors. He fills a seat vacated by John Blackburn of Lincoln, who has completed two three-year terms on the board, the last three years serving as secretary of the ALMH executive board. President and CEO Woody Hester honored Blackburn with a plaque and signed copy of the book "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. Blackburn, who is the CEO of Country Insurance and Financial Services, recommended the book to Hester, who credits the concepts therein as a framework for organizational change and excellence.

William Hull will continue to lead the ALMH board of directors as chairman, with Tom Kissel as chair-elect, Patty Becker as secretary, Bob Arneaud as treasurer and Woody Hester as president and CEO.

Retiring Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation board members include Melody Shew, who had been a director since 2001, and Shirley Bartelmay, a director since 1995. Bartelmay had also served as the ALHF treasurer from 1997 to 1999 and from 2001 to 2004.

New community leaders joining the ALHF board for a three-year term include Sharon R. Marten from Emden and Pamela K. White from Beason. The foundation board will be led this year by Brad Neal, chairman; Robert Meinershagen, vice chair; Steve Aughenbaugh, secretary; Mary Beth Sparks, treasurer; and executive director Marty Ahrends.

The annual meeting concluded with a video saluting the talents of the ALMH staff.

New and retiring board members

  • Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation board

  • Retiring directors -- Melody K. Shew, Shirley Bartelmay, both of Lincoln
  • New directors -- Sharon R. Marten from Emden and Pam White from Beason
  • Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital board of directors

  • Retiring director -- John Blackburn of Lincoln
  • New director -- Sen. Robert Madigan of Lincoln

[Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
news release]

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