Health care coordinator project draws praise

Commissioners hear report Tuesday

By Fritz Busch

Staff Writer

NEW ULM – Brown County commissioners will hear a report on the first six months of the new South County Health Alliance/New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) health care coordinator position on Tuesday, May 28.

Brown County Family Services Director Tom Henderson said the project that includes Brown County on a non-funded basis, has enjoyed phenomenal success, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA).

“Three areas that are most striking about it are patients are given services that are most appropriate and successful using community resources, patient services and packages are cost effective for government, insurance and patient payers and the project is an early example of what the federal government is ultimately looking to do with payment for medical providers based on outcomes,” Henderson wrote in the RBA.

He said the Minnesota Hospital Association recently presented NUMC with an Innovations Award for being a rural hospital in the program.

Commissioners will also:

Hear reports from South Country Health Alliance Executive Director Leota Lind and Children’s Mental Health Local Advisory Committee member Doug Hazen.

Consider a Home and Community-Based Waiver Service Contract with Good Samaritan Society Home Care to improve service options and accessibility to Brown County clients.

Consider a two-year contract for a Registered Senior Nurse to serve about 30 chronically, mentally ill people in Brown County.

A $1,700 funding request for the Lutheran Social Services Financial Counseling Program. Brown County mortgage foreclosures are down 45 percent from 2011 to 2012 and it appears 2013 is going about the same as 2012, according to the RBA.

Consider two price quotes for a 40-inch television and digital signage appliance at a cost of $778j.66 plus up to $150 for installation costs, for use by family services in lobby areas to help explain to clients what South Country Health Alliance is and how to best use it.

Consider buying a new $63,167 Heartland Express bus under the 2013 MnDOT Cooperate Vehicle Procurement process. The county will be reimbursed 80% ($50,533.60) of approved capital costs. Brown County is responsible for 20% of the allowed contract amount ($12,633.40).

Four drainage ditch repair requests in North Star and Lake Hanska Townships.

Consider declaring a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor with 134,758 miles sold on MinnBid on April 13, 2013 for $2,775 (minus MinnBid fees) and a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor with 153,423 miles, sold on MinnBid for $1,525 on May 6, 2013 (Minus MinnBid fees) taken out of service, deemed surplus and excess property for disposal.

Consider purchasing a 2013 Triton ATV trailer for the sheriff’s office from Miller Sellner Implement for $2,692.50 plus tax. Costs would be paid by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Off-Highway Vehicle grant funds.

The board meeting starts at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 28 in the courthouse commissioner’s room.

Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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