The Ottumwa Courier

July 5, 2013

Business News Briefs


Ottumwa Courier

---- — Hospital, U of I OK agreement

KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren County Hospital Board of Trustees has announced that it has signed an interim management agreement with the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. The agreement went into effect July 1 and will continue through September, possibly longer.

“This will provide the board the time it needs to give thoughtful consideration to the permanent placement of a CEO which will best meet the needs of VBCH,” said Lloyd Foster, board chairperson.

Jill Kordick, director of outreach services, has been selected by UIHC, with the board’s approval, to be the interim CEO.

Van Buren County Hospital CEO Lisa Schnedler resigned last month.

Mental health provider offers telepsychiatry

FAIRFIELD — Southeast Iowa patients in need of behavioral health care will now have access to comprehensive resources in two locations, Life Solutions Behavioral Health in Fairfield and Ottumwa, thanks to a new program utilizing telemedicine services.

Life Solutions Behavioral Health has formed a partnership with VSee; provider of chat software for telehealth. Based out of Sunnyvale, Calif., VSee telemedicine provides medical video chats with Electronic Health screen share and medical device streaming to more than 2.5 million Americans, including patients with Harvard Medical School, Stanford Hospitals & Clinics, and the National Institutes of Health.

“Our primary concern has historically been related to the recruiting of psychiatrists and other professionals to practice in this part of the state,” said Tracy Liptak, Life Solutions Regional Clinical director. “It really boils down to access issues for the people that live here. Telepsychiatry allows us to enhance the quality and efficiency of care for some of our community’s most vulnerable members.”

Telepsychiatry is psychiatric care delivered via video conferencing technology. It has been proven as an effective way to address issues of access to mental health care to underserved communities.

Chamber workshop set for Wednesday

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce is offering “5 Ways to More Profit” from 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday at the Hotel Ottumwa.

This is the final “Business Savvy” series event presented by ActionCOACH Heartland. A new series will begin in September.

Sign up for this “5 Ways” workshop by calling Brenda at the chamber at 641-682-3465.

Gardening webinar series begins July 23

OTTUMWA — The summer garden webinar series “Moisture Extremes in the Landscape” offered by the Iowa Master Gardener program will be hosted by Wapello County Extension and Outreach. The 6:30-8:30 p.m. sessions will be held July 23, Aug. 13 and Sept. 3.

The theme was chosen because weather patterns over the past couple of years have moved rapidly from drought to flood.

“Iowa gardeners are dealing with a variety of extreme conditions this summer,” said Denny Schrock, state Master Gardener coordinator. “There are areas of the state that have gone from drought and abnormally dry conditions to flooding, places that have received twice the normal precipitation amount, and areas that have received only a fraction of the normal amount of rain.”

Summer webinar dates, topics and presenters:

• July 23 – “Landscape Plants for Moisture Extremes” – Richard Jauron, horticulture specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; “Waterwise Landscaping” – Denny Schrock, state Master Gardener coordinator, Iowa State University

• Aug. 13 – “Diagnosing Drought Damage, Flood Damage and Other Abiotic Stress Injury on Landscape Trees and Shrubs” – Jeff Iles, horticulture department chair at Iowa State University

• Sept. 3 – “Efficient Home Landscape Irrigation” – Mike Baron, irrigation and water management specialist, The Toro Company

The sessions are open to all interested gardeners; participants are not required to have completed Master Gardener training to attend.

For more information, call 641-682-5491.

New staffing company in Centerville

CENTERVILLE — QPS Employment Group, a staffing and recruiting firm, has opened a new location in Centerville at 307 North 13th St., Suite 102.

QPS is a full-service employment agency that specializes in industrial, technical, office clerical and professional placements. QPS places workers in temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire positions. QPS will be accepting applications from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays.

“QPS is looking forward to helping local residents find great jobs and also helping local companies find the workers they need,” said Jim Roy, regional vice president for QPS. “Due to increased customer demand, we have added a Centerville location and are now better able to serve our customers in south central Iowa.”

Gardner joins Des Moines University

OTTUMWA — Ottumwa native Gavin T. Gardner was recently named director of simulation at Des Moines University.

He was previously the director of clinical skills and simulation at the University of Central Florida.