Insurance goes up to $1 million

Posted: Tuesday, March 09, 2004

All credentialed providers at Central Peninsula General Hospital need to get $1 million in professional liability insurance coverage by June 1, according to a resolution passed recently by the hospital's board of directors.

The action calls for all doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, radiologists, midwives, nurse practitioners, podiatrists anyone who has privileges at the hospital to have the insurance, according to Lee Jackson, chief nursing officer.

The requirement actually is effective as of March 1, but a three-month grace period is being allowed before providers will face losing hospital privileges.

The board passed the mandate in response to a requirement by the hospital's insurance carrier that the hospital have such a policy in place.

Now, all credentialed providers must obtain, maintain and provide evidence of their professional liability insurance coverage with limits of not less than $1 million per claim and $3 million annually.

"Our ability to get general liability insurance is contingent upon our members having the minimum malpractice insurance," said hospital chief executive officer David Gilbreath.

In other action, the board passed its amended $1.5 million capital equipment budget for fiscal year 2005, which then was approved unanimously by the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board, meeting separately.

The budget now goes to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly for approval.

In an attempt to inform nursing and medical technology students of opportunities available at CPGH, Jackson told the board he has met with University of Alaska Anchorage health administrators.

"We will have the first group of radiology technician students here this summer," Jackson said.

CPGH is a clinical site for radiology study, he said.

Jackson also said UAA is bringing its nursing program to Kenai Peninsula College to strengthen the interface between the hospital and the institutions of higher education.

Interested CPGH nurses will begin receiving training in caring for victims of sexual assault in April, according to Jackson, who told the hospital board that members of law enforcement and representatives from the District Attorney's office will provide some of the training.

He also said he would look into getting a defense attorney experienced in sexual assault cases to present information from that perspective.

The training, part of the Sexual Assault Response Team and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program (SART-SANE), will be presented at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

In his report to the board, Gilbreath said the hospital expansion project is moving forward as planned.

"Soderstrom (Architects) has been here and had public meetings in the communities," Gilbreath said.

He said that while no members of the public attended the meetings in Nikiski and Kenai, and only six showed up in Sterling, it was standing room only in Soldotna.

The architectural firm sought input from the community on what it would like to see incorporated into the overall design of the expanded hospital.

In other business, the hospital board approved the appointment of Alan Thye as the hospital's safety officer. He also is chair of the Environment of Care function.

As safety officer, Thye will oversee the hospital's life safety, security, hazardous materials and waste management, emergency management and utilities management plans, among others.

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