Hospital wants to join CodeRED

WashCo_logoLakeview Hospital wants to join Washington County’s CodeRED emergency notification system as a way to communicate with its medical staff in emergency and non-emergency situations.

The County Board of Commissioners will consider an agreement between Lakeview and the Sheriff’s Office allows the hospital to join CodeRED at the group’s meeting Tuesday.

CodeRED is a system that sends subscribers emergency and non-emergency messages for a fee. Lakeview Hospital officials want the ability to send timely messages to its staff, which CodeRED offers.

The proposed agreement calls for Lakeview to pay the WCSO a $150 sign-on fee and $50 per 100 of its employees to subscribe to CodeRED.

Commissioners will also hold a workshop with Washington County Library officials to review the system’s core functions and mandates and the WCL’s 2009 facilities plan.

The WCL updated its list of mandates to provide core services during the 2013 budget process. Commissioners also will go over the WCL 2030 facility plan at the workshop.

That facility plan calls for locating branches in convenient areas for county residents, maintain a network of different type facilities and develop a capital improvement plan. Although the plan identifies moderate space needs it does not identify locations. Some options include replacing an existing branch at a new location, remodel an existing branch, demolish and rebuild a current branch or other options.

WCL adminstrators and commissioners will discuss whether the facility plan is on track, needs more information or an update and should staff proceed with planning.

Other items on the board agenda include:

  • A federal legislation update from Andy Burmeister of Lockridge Grindel Nauen.
  • Set a public hearing for consideration of a tax abatement request from Lake Elmo.
  • Meeting as the Regional Railroad Authority to select a Gateway Corridor communications contract and consider a resolution supporting a corridor alternatives analysis study.
  • Review legislative proposals affecting the county.

The County Board meets at 9 a.m. in the fifth-floor boardroom at the Government Center in Stillwater.

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