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Benton Evening News - Benton, IL
  • Franklin Hospital Auxiliary hosts evening of dining, music — and more

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  • Franklin Hospital Auxiliary members received packages of daisies to add to their landscapes during the April 16 meeting as plans were finalized for their April 30 event.
     
     
    Members will present “An Evening of Dining, Music and Surprises” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the newly remodeled Benton Civic Center.
     
     
    Performances by the BCHS Jazz Band under the direction of Gretchen Bennett and selections by Benton Studio Orchestra and Chorale under the direction of Karen King.
     
     
    Ruth Ann Carter said tickets are still available from auxiliary members.
     
     
    “Tickets are $25 each and may be purchase from any auxiliary member or by calling either me at 435-4607 or Mary Ellen Aiken at 218-7051,” she said.
     
     
    Carter said the deadline to purchase tickets is April 23. “On the menu is a buffet of carved roast pork, chicken, salad, several vegetables and desserts,” she said.
     
     
    Proceeds benefit Healthcare Scholarships for graduating Franklin County students.
     
     
    Hospital CEO Hervey Davis provided an update, saying he was meeting with an architect to discuss electrical upgrades for the generator. He said the generator was installed three or four years ago. Davis said if upgrades are required it would be a costly venture for the hospital.
     
     
    He said the survey status team was very complimentary of the nursing staff.
     
     
    Davis said the new ophthalmologist, Dr. Michael Gabel, is on staff and has performed three surgeries since his arrival. He said the ophthalmologist receives referrals locally.
     
     
    Davis said Helia Healthcare is expanding toward Park Street in the near future. He said Franklin Hospital leases the ground to the healthcare provider. Davis said the facility wants to add a kitchen to serve meals adding ground breaking should begin this summer.
     
     
    In other business, the CEO said the hospital is bidding best wishes to chief financial officer Howard Schou as he heads north for another job. Davis said Schou would be leaving the hospital on April 19.
    He said the hospital board is uncertain if or when they will look for a replacement.
     
     
    Davis said President Barack Obama’s sequestration should have little effect on the hospital. He said the president’s budget includes a two-percent cut to reimbursements made to the hospital.
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    Davis said the president is also talking about removing Critical Access Hospital status for hospitals that are located within 10 miles of one another. He said that could potentially affect St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro, due to its proximity to Carbondale and Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado because it is within 10 miles of Harrisburg.
     
     
    Davis said Pinckneyville has purchased ground to build a new facility that is within 10 miles of Du Quoin’s Marshall Browning Hospital.
     
     
    The hospital auxiliary currently has 71 members on its roster that includes 36 lifetime members as reported.
     
     
    A float for the May 11 Rend Lake Water Festival parade was also discussed. The theme Days Gone By makes the perfect backdrop for a float filled with hospital equipment and uniforms of the past. President Pam Appleton said she would supply some of the items for the float and encouraged members to walk alongside the float and distribute candy.

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