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EPS, PJ Speech Team Members Qualify For State

March 21, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Both schools in Elgin qualified a number of students for the State Speech competition. The teams competed Thursday at the D2-3 District Speech Tournament.

State qualifiers were: Serious Interpretation of Prose/Literature-Katie Polk (EPS); Oral Interpretation of Poetry-Casey Pelster (PJCC); Entertainment Speaking-Ivy Prater (EPS); Oral Interpretation of Drama-Zoey Bergman, Jaime Hoefer, Taya Voborny, Allison Koenig & Hunter Thramer; Dylan Widger, Travis Grosserode, Kenneth Bush, Alois Warner, Christopher Bush (all of EPS); Duet Acting-Ivy Prater & Ethan Fischer (EPS) & Brienne Gossman & Zachary Eischeid (PJCC).


The state meet will be held next week in Kearney.

BCHC, Clinics Go ‘Live’ With Electronic Health Records System

March 21, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Boone County Health Center and medical clinics including the Elgin Veterans’ Medical Clinic rolled-out its new electronic health record system on Monday, March 17.
The transition to an electronic management system was a large undertaking involving thousands of hours of staff training, planning, building, installing, testing and more testing.
With the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (HITECH), an electronic medical record system has been the focus for medical providers, hospitals and clinics across the country. “All of our staff got on board with the project early on, which made the transition easier. It was a step-by-step process. “Going-live” is the result of nine months of preparation, “said Tammy Reigle, Cerner Project Manager. The system’s hardware, software and interfacing has been tested multiple times prior the system’s launch. Since the old electronic system is transitioning over to the new Cerner system, patients will need to, one time, resubmit their emergency contact information, a copy of their driver’s license and a copy of their insurance card information to be re-entered in the new electronic health records system. HIPAA information and privacy policy consent forms will also need to be resigned. Individuals will be asked to resubmit this information at the Health Center’s hospital front desk, lab desk or at any of its clinics. Patients will want to allow extra time for check in.
Patient billing was also effected and going through a transition period when Boone County Health Center and Medical Clinics converted to OneChart on March 17.  For the time being, any dates of service prior to March 17 will be billed as they are now, in a guarantor or family format, out of the previous computer system.  With OneChart, the statements will be patient-based.  Each statement will be sent to the patient’s guarantor, but the guarantor will receive a separate statement for each member of the family that has accounts in a self-pay status.  There is the potential for families to receive BCHC statements from both systems.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

Boone County Health Center and Clinics “Go-Live” with Electronic Health Records

March 17, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Boone County Health Center and medical clinics including the Elgin Veterans’ Medical Clinic rolled-out its new electronic health record system on Monday, March 17.
The transition to an electronic management system was a large undertaking involving thousands of hours of staff training, planning, building, installing, testing and more testing.
With the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (HITECH), an electronic medical record system has been the focus for medical providers, hospitals and clinics across the country. “All of our staff got on board with the project early on, which made the transition easier. It was a step-by-step process. “Going-live” is the result of nine months of preparation, “said Tammy Reigle, Cerner Project Manager. The system’s hardware, software and interfacing has been tested multiple times prior the system’s launch. Since the old electronic system is transitioning over to the new Cerner system, patients will need to, one time, resubmit their emergency contact information, a copy of their driver’s license and a copy of their insurance card information to be re-entered in the new electronic health records system. HIPAA information and privacy policy consent forms will also need to be resigned. Individuals will be asked to resubmit this information at the Health Center’s hospital front desk, lab desk or at any of its clinics. Patients will want to allow extra time for their check in.

For the complete story, see Wednesday’s print edition of The Elgin Review.

Elgin FFA, AMH To Sponsor Ag Health Fair Tuesday

March 13, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Elgin FFA, along with Antelope Memorial hospital will sponsor an ‘Agricultural Health Fair’ in Elgin next week.
The event will be held Tuesday, March 18, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
The word ‘Free’ is synonomous with this event. How so?
• Free health screening available. The health screening will include blood pressure and glucose checks as well as assessments for BMI, hearing loss and home safety
• Free safety kits given away to the first 40 people through the door. Kits include safety glasses, earplugs and more
• Free snacks and water! Goodies will be provided by the Elgin FFA Chapter Officers
• Free door prizes provided by AMH
Central Valley Ag, a proud supporter of FFA will be giving a presentation at 3 p.m. on grain safety. Also, they will provide a demonstration using their grain bin rescue equipment. FFA Advisor Julia Schwartz, said the presentation should be something to come and listen to by any grain producer. According to information provided by AMH, the farm safety program will emphasize awareness and prevention of respiratory issues in the agricultural setting. This includes exposure to fertilizer chemicals as well as dust in grain bins and animal confinements (hog, cattle, etc.). Personal protective equipment as well as education will be provided.

Line Approved For New Prairie Breeze O/M Building

March 13, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Antelope County Board of Supervisors last week lent their assistance to construction of an operations/maintenance (O&M) building for the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Farm.
Supervisors approved the application for a permit submitted by Prairie Breeze to place a permanent electric line beneath 520 Avenue which will be used for communication cable to connect from wind turbines to the O&M building which is presently under construction on the northwest edge of Elgin. All work on the electric line will be done to state specs.
The building frame is up and there are rumors that at least one hiring has been made to work at the O&M building. At the wind farm, commissioning continues on the 118 wind turbines located primarily in Antelope and Boone counties.
Construction of the wind farm is expected to be completed sometime this spring. Once operational, sometime later this year, power generated will be sold to Omaha Public Power District.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

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