Cleburne Hospital Board hires EMS director
by Laura Camper
lcamper@annistonstar.com
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HEFLIN — The Cleburne County Hospital Board voted unanimously Thursday to offer Tracy Lambert the permanent position of director of Cleburne County Emergency Medical Service.

The board interviewed Lambert last week.

Board chairman William Cleino said the members will be negotiating the salary for the position with Lambert. They should have the details worked out by the next meeting on Sept. 19, he said.

The board is charged with managing EMS and the Cleburne County Nursing Home. Lambert, a former board member, took on the task of reorganizing the service in January, when the board was considering hiring an outside company to manage it. In February, Lambert volunteered as interim director after former director Keith Roberts resigned.

Since that time, Lambert has created policies to help put the service on steadier financial ground, including instituting a minimum $35 charge for calls even if the client declines to go to the hospital and hiring a billing company to try to improve billing and collections.

In July, Lambert resigned from the board and asked it to hire a permanent director, offering his services as a paid part-time director. The board advertised for the position, but Lambert was the only applicant.

In other business the board members:

— Unanimously approved a $450,000 budget with $89,050 earmarked to go into reserves. The budget includes a $212,000 contribution to the EMS budget, $18,000 to Cleburne County Health Department and $12,500 to Cleburne County Mental Health. According to the budget, the Cleburne County Nursing Home didn’t request a contribution this year. Other expenses include $12,000 for insurance, $2,000 for the annual audit and $1,200 for legal work. The board gets its money from a 4-mill property tax that is collected to support EMS and the nursing home.

— Received thanks from East Central Alabama United Cerebral Palsy representatives Linda Johns and Tammy Saxon for a $500 donation from the board.

— Voted to limit further donations to charitable organizations to those serving Cleburne County residents and to cap donations at $500.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.
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