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December 18, 2014 I The Lovell Chronicle 13 DAVID PECK Lovell Elementary School second-graders (l-r) Wilson Hendershot, Lindsey Scheid and Addisyn Perkins enjoy singing during the annual LES Christmas concert directed by Chauna Bischoff at the Hyart Theatre. Lovell second- grader Johnathon MacPeek gets into shaking his percussion egg during the Lovell Elementary School Christmas concert at the Hyart Theatre Tuesday night. DAVID PECK New online resource allows consumers to compare hospitals BY PATrl CARPENTER The Wyoming Hospital Association (WHA) has un- veiled an online resource for consumers who want to compare hospitals in the State. The system is called Wyoming CheckPoint and is designed to give a "snap- shot" of the performance of Wyoming hospitals. Hospitals voluntarily report information to the WHA, which, in turn, con- verts it to a user-friend- ly format that allows con- sumers to see how hospitals perform in key areas. According to North Big Horn Hospital CEO Rick Schroeder, the project, which is a year in the mak- ing, takes information that is reported to a number of government agencies on a regular basis and puts it in a user-friendly format for consumers. "The thing is, we send all of these reports to CMS and to other regulatory agencies," explained Schro- eder. "What this does is consolidate this informa- tion that we are mandat- ed by law to report. There are big consequences for in- correct reporting to these agencies, so the informa- tion is very accurate." Schroeder points out that, unlike other systems where hospitals can report whatever they want, the CheckPoint system com- pares info that is legally re- quired and since all hospi- tals are required by law to report the same informa- tion, it provides a true ap- ples-to-apples comparison. Schroeder said he likes the fact that the informa- tion is more current than abo ChkPoint : at you see things w.e are work,rig 6n dght now. Raft peQple provides a picture of what we do and an opportuni- ty for us to show how good we are. I think it's better than any other comparison or transparency type tool that's out there." The system was orig- inally developed by the Wisconsin Hospital Asso- ciation, which allowed the state of Wyoming to mod- el its program in a similar manner. "With this informa- tion, you can see how of- proviae me me: ten each hospital provides sewisthat we doi recommended care for pa- It a[[OWSto tients with certain condi- ....... tions or the progress hos- pitals have made toward national patient safety goals," states the Check- Point website. "This infor- mation may be used by the public to compare how dif- ferent hospitals perform and to promote quality im- provement efforts within hospitals." A quick look at www. wyocheckpoint.org shows ..... ........................ North Big Horn Hospi- other online sources. He said the data is at most three months old compared to a year old on other com- parison sites. "The good thing about CheckPoint is that you can see things we are working on right now," said Schro- eder. "It allows people to know what they're getting when they come here and to compare us with other hospitals that provide the same services that we do. It allows them to compare us against the benchmark, against the state average and against the national average and I really like that. I think it's good. It's tal exceeding in all areas based on patient experi- ence surveys. "I'm really proud of our ratings," said Schroed- er. "Patients definitely rec- ommend the hospital and they rate our doctors and nurses as always commu- nicating well. The patients surveyed said they always receive requested help, the staff always explains med- ications, the pain is always controlled well, it is al- ways quiet here, the rooms are always clean and the staff always provides dis- charge instructions. Isn't that what every consumer would like to see?" BYRON COUNCIL MEETING continued from page I Darrah explained that the resolution protects Scheeler from having to relocate the home. And, he said, it protects the town ii:.boting that "the town :does not view the inad- vertent and mistaken ap- proval of the placement of the manufactured home to mean that the town will no longer enforce its zon- ing ordinances." Also, that the town "recognizes that the placement of a manu- factured home in the C-G Zone was done under the mistaken belief by the town and the home own- er that all requirements for placing the home at that location had been met." The attorney also ex- pressed several times that zoning and planning rules are good for any communi- ty as "they promote com- munity harmony and qual- ity of life." Brightly's concerns in her letter take Hopkinson to task regarding the may- or-elect's desire to place a single-wide manufactured home on her Main Street property, which has had a stick-built home on it for many years. However, it is in disrepair. Bright- ly states, "Your stand is that we have not turned in our 'required paper work' (for a variance). My stand is I expressed, at the first meeting, that in order for us to continue we need- ed to know if it were pos- sible to even accomplish this. Thus public meetings and regular meetings were conducted until winter has made it impossible to do anything even if we want- ed or were allowed. "There is still no real answer. Another factor, Mayor Hopkinson, your term as mayor will soon ex- pire and it has been appar- ent to me and others who have attended the council meetings that mindsof the council' are made up and no amount of paperwork was going to change that. I am a reasonable and pa- tient person. It is, also, my belief that my proper- ty on Main Street in By- ron was 'taken' from me when it was rezoned com- mercial general. It has historically been residen- tial since the beginning of Byron." In a conversation with a reporter on Mon- day, Dec. 8, Brightly in- dicated her belief that the actions of a former mayor can be changed by a new mayor. After the meeting on the 16th she expressed dismay that her letter was disregarded. Hopkinson said this week that "Mayor-elect Brightly and her compan- ion Ed Diaz misunderstand the actions the council is taking on Title 11 and seem to assume our actions are in some way connected to their desire to place a single-wide manufactured home in a zone where it is not allowed. Mayor-elect Brightly has a non-conforming residential use on her property. The council has never discussed or considered changing the zoning to allow single-wide manufactured homes in Commercial General. This was explained at regular council meetings, the pub- lic meeting and again at the first reading." In other matters last week: • After a 41-minute ex- ecutive session with Dar- rah, closed to the press and public, the coun- cil voted 4-1 to raise the compensation for meeting attendance by the may- or by $20 mo,rerpe.r meet- ing for a total of,70 and by $10 more per meeting for councilmen for a total of $40. Councilor Sydney Hessenthalter abstained from voting because she is remaining on the coun- cil, being elected in 2011, while Alan Bair and Wal- ter Roman were re-elect- ed to new four-year terms in November. They and Gary Petrich, elected to a two-year term to replace Wilson, who didn't seek re-election, will be sworn into office on Jan. 5. Clerk/Treasurer Don- na Booth's wage was raised to $18 per hour with the mayor noting that even with the raise it's less than other comparable po- sitions in the county. The mayor also observed that Booth is doing "a great job" and is doing work pre- viously handled by three people. .... • Three new members to the town's Recreation Dept. were OK'd. Derek Morgan, Rebecca Bates and Hopkinson will join Tami Asay, Summer Lof- gran and Carl Watts. Hes- senthaler, council liaison to the committee, recom- mended the new members. • The council approved 5-0 paying the November bills of $33,617 and the month's payroll of $9,968. The bills include payments of $5,130 and $9,595 for work at the newly refur- bished Byron Memori- al Park. Hopkinson ex- plained that the first amount was donated and the second is from a grant. ] Rocky Mountaiw. h n Hi h School Booster ClUve, ' .yart b NOW open I Presenting MY PRIVATE GALLERY | Landscapes from the American West I Open Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-5 pm I 295 Carmon Ave., Lovell ' Or by private appointment. 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