Coshocton Hospital to apply for OMEGA grant

| April 2, 2015

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton County Commissioners met with Mary Ellen Given from Coshocton County Memorial Hospital to discuss applying for the OMEGA grant. This is a matching grant and will be used to purchase an HD tower to supply endoscopy services in surgical suites. Given said the hospital is in need of upgrading its endoscopy system. The piece of equipment the hospital is interested in purchasing costs $150,000.

Endoscopy equipment is used to help diagnose possible health concerns and remove polyps during surgery. In order for the county hospital to recruit more surgeons, the system needs upgraded because it allows the hospital to provide the surgeons with the technological equipment they are using in other hospitals.

Given asked the commissioners to give their consent to apply for the grant. The commissioners agreed for Given to begin the application process.

The commissioners also met with the records commission during their meeting. Janet Mosier presented the commissioners with a RC3 form to sign dictating that some records from the Title Department needed to be destroyed. The form was accepted and permission was given to forward the form to the state. The next records commission meeting will be Sept. 23 at 10 a.m.

It was also announced in the meeting that Commissioner Dane Shryock has successfully completed the Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Grant Program. He received congratulations from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Coshocton County was able to use $214,029.17 for the removal of 23 separately addressed units. There was a statewide total of more than 14,600 units removed at a cost of $119 million.

Valerie Shaw, administrative assistant at the commissioners’ office, gave a presentation on the influence social media has in businesses and throughout the world. She reported that Facebook has the largest population in the world. The commissioners are deciding whether or not to create a Facebook page, and they asked Shaw to create a mock up page for them to look at before deciding.

Melinda Fehrman, director of Job and Family Services, also presented the commissioners with the ODJFS Subgrant Agreement to sign. This is required every two years and is signed so that the state can provide funding for the local JFS.

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