Hospital Board welcomes new members
October 6, 2017
By Bill Wilson
The Cleburne News

The Cleburne County Hospital Board welcomed two new members during its Thursday night meeting. With the addition of Missy Cofield and Dr. Christi Shelton the board now has eight members.

Shelton, a longtime Cleburne County resident, looks forward to matching her professional background with the needs of the board.

“I’m excited, I’ve lived in Cleburne County for 48 years, I’m excited to give back to the community. My background is health care, I’m the dean of the school of health professions and wellness at JSU which includes nursing and respiratory therapy and so I felt like this would be a board that would align with my area of expertise,” Shelton said.

Lifelong Heflin resident Cofield said she has been in the health care field since 1994 and has the community’s best interest at heart.

“I am excited about being a part of this board to help continue to meet the health care needs of all of the community. It’s my way of giving back to the people I love the most and the place I call home,” Cofield said.

During staff reports, Cleburne County Nursing Home Administrator Tony Culberson said “everything is going good.” He said the nursing home has 94 employees and 79 residents.

During the meeting Culberson held up a binder containing 696 pages describing new procedures for training surveyors before those people can evaluate a nursing home in light of new Medicare changes. He then held up another stack of the Medicare regulations. Culberson said his staff is on task to digest the new regulations and put them in place in the operation of the facility.

Culberson said the new Alzheimer’s unit should open in four to five weeks.

The board decided to hold a work session to discuss the EMS and nursing home budgets on October 12 and 5:30 p.m.

Chairman Sherry Brown said she wants to create another committee besides the existing committees the board has to just deal with finances.

Board member Dan Hopkins said he has heard lots of feedback in the community requesting some kind of emergency care facility in the county. Currently there are no emergency care centers in Cleburne County. Hopkins said that other counties around Cleburne have emergency care centers, such as Randolph County’s Tanner Primary Care and RMC’s Rural Health and Urgent Care Center. Hopkins hopes the county gets a 24-hour emergency care facility.