County Commission discusses U.S. 50 study, NRH direction in separate meetings

Lyon County commissioners discussed whether to sign off on a so-called access corridor study involving U.S. Highway 50 west of Emporia.

Lyon County Engineer Chip Woods says the study is prompted by potential work just west of Emporia.

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The study actually go from Americus Road west to Road "F" between Roads 170 and 180.

In other business, commissioners discussed a lease agreement with the state for the Emporia parole office inside the County Courthouse.

Commissioners will have an action session at 8 am Thursday in the County Courthouse.

NRH, County Commission discuss hospital goals

Following the study meeting, commissioners received several updates on different goals and objectives taking place at Newman Regional Health. Board chair Deann Korsak says the hospital administration is optimistic it will obtain Critical Access status -- and soon.

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Korsak says October's rugged financial numbers, where the hospital had to start operating as a Critical Access facility without the major reimbursement stream guaranteed, pointed out the need for the hospital to pursue the roughly $4 million in cost-based repayments available through the program. Lyon County Commission Chair Rollie Martin understands the hospital is going through a transition period.

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Korsak says the hospital's plans for hiring a new CEO are moving forward, even though it hasn't been determined if or when a second candidate will be interviewed. One candidate is being interviewed this week, but another finalist withdrew last week shortly after the on-site interview schedule was released.

Interim CEO John Rossfeld says the hospital is closing in on hiring a second full-time doctor for the cardiology department. Newman Cardiology has seen much higher traffic than anticipated since it opened in June, prompting the need for a second cardiologist.

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