H-W Board to decide on RHS or WMC as district health system
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 6:35pm admin
Marcie Klomp ~ News Editor email@example.com
CRESCO - It wasn’t until the May 3 City Council meeting that many locals learned Howard-Winneshiek CSD (H-W) was considering switching their athletic contract from Regional Health Services of Howard County (RHSHC) to Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC).
H-W’s Activities Director Lance Thompson explained, “We went out for bids to present a recommendation at the May 17 school board meeting.”
According to RHSHC Board Chair George Willis, for the past three years, the contract for Therapy Services was between H-W and RHSHC, and WMC’s athletic trainer Chris Trytten has been working with student athletes at H-W. WMC hired him on behalf of RHS, who holds the H-W contract. RHSHC and WMC had a non-compete clause in utilizing Trytten’s services.
Thompson noted, “He does a great job, and we have had nothing but positive feedback. We just want to make the best decision for our student athletes.”
WMC ended its contract with RHSHC, effective May 31. In turn, H-W terminated its contract, which was set to expire July 31, 2021 with RHSHC.
Thompson asked for bids and plans to lay out what each can do for student health at the Monday, May 17 school board meeting.
After WMC cancelled its contract with RHSHC, the local hospital and its board examined several groups to select a new partner to provide therapy services. Willis noted Rock Valley had the greatest expertise and was using the latest technology to service patients.
“After engaging Rock Valley Therapies as a partner, RHSHC leadership and Rock Valley leadership visited the school to meet with leaders to discuss the new partnership and our commitment to continue to provide services to the school district,” explained Willis.
He went on to say, “The RHSHC Board of Trustees is concerned regarding the decision of the school district to consider using a different health system for their athletic trainer services.
“RHSHC has held that contract for the last three years and has and will continue to provide highly-skilled athletic trainer services to our school district.”
He wanted to remind readers that rural communities are supported by a web of community pillars, which include the schools, the banks and the hospital. “These pillars then lay the foundation for the community to grow and prosper, and they need to collaborate to protect the community economic viability.
“We are not sure how the school district considered this change. However we feel we have great community support to continue to have the school district and the hospital work together to support our students.”
The H-W board of education’s regular meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at NICC-Cresco Center on May 17. As always, there is a three-minute time limit on all those who come forward to speak during the public forum.