VTH Board Minutes 10/26/23

Attendees: J. Whittington, A. Barger, S. Austin, S. Gray, D. Strahl-Heldreth, G. Pavlovsky, D. Hague, D. French, N. Lamphier, E. Volk, J. Bough, J. Chen, M. Ridgway, L. Garrett

Updates: Info Only

Personnel Updates

  • Welcome Drs. Aghili (ECC) and Berry (Oncology), started 10/16
  • Dr. Kennedy will start 10/30
  • Dr. Felipe Martins will start 11/1
  • VTH:
    • Jacob Manning (Farrier) to start in January
    • Kristina Slaby (practice coordinator MWE) 
    • Krystal Newberry (100%, assuming Gail’s duties)
  • Business Office:
    • 2 open positions – interviewing next week.
    • Dorothy Kinard retiring on 12/31
  • Medical Records:
    • Marcia Dyson starting 11/3
    • 1 open position for Health Information Specialist (prev. Charge Auditor) – currently 15 applicants and still open
  • Hospital Services:
    • 8 CVT positions - open
    • 1 VA (ECC) position – interviewing  
    • 1 LAC Caretaker – open
    • 1 Imaging Coordinator for Radiation Oncology


  • Oncology Addition – preparing their 50% CD submittal to Univ next Thursday.  
  • Wildlife Education Classroom (Cube) – Pending internal drawings
  • Ward 2/4 floors being finished today, tomorrow
  • LA Locker room/Diagnostic Imaging – locker room project approved, scheduled to start next spring
  • VMSC – waiting on plans, expected phase 1 start January


  • Critical Care reopened 10/9
  • Dr. Lauralei Fisher-Cronkhite taking over the Controlled Substance monitoring program for VTH


  • Annual college visit with the provost and team rescheduled to Thursday, December 7th
  • November 20th, holiday luncheon and awards
  • Anesthesia will have reduced case receiving on Jr. Sx. Days (Tuesday mornings)
  • Holiday schedule/service closure-reduction
  • Retirement parties - Dorothy Kinard, Dec 7th ; Gail Hague, Dec 14th
  • Next Board Meeting (Combined Nov/Dec)– December 14th


  • Report – Emily
  • Capital Update – Jake
  • Budget Approval letter – review – JW
  • Technician/Assistant wages


  • Update: Necropsy delays

ECC / Case Transfers

  • Receiving services not updating coordinating clinician in the HIS
    Action Item: Reminder sent to Clinical Coordinators  
  • Service contacts
  • Triage away: process change 11/1.
    Clients will be asked to pay the exam fee and patients will receive a triage exam by a doctor. Scored on a scoring stability status and will be seen in that order.

Farrier Instructor Proposal

  • Denny French – Discussion

    Farrier Tobias Ellis asked to assist in VCM 601, which progressed to 606. Currently teaching VCM 614 Farrier Science course.

Medication Dispensary 

  • Discussion: Additional Cubex machines

    • LAC Surgery/Anesthesia room 
      • LA Anesthesia Kits
      • Discrepancies
    • Medication Dispensary
      • Discrepancies/Errors
    • Ortho Ward
    • Neuro/Onco
    Action Item: In favor of additional machines for LAC Surgery and inside Dispensary.

Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee 

  • To generate funds for the antimicrobial stewardship committee’s activities and research, a proposal for the implementation of a $2.00 fee/patient to be added to the SA service exam fees.

    The proposal was discussed, and consensus was made that funding should not be derived from patient care.

Service Updates  

  • Equine Therio – limited services 2024 season. Will not have standing stallions and will not do long-term boarding of brooding mares.

  • Space labeling – facilities, directional wayfinding cube signs

KeywordsAntimicrobial stewardship, cubex, Farrier, 614   Doc ID132880
OwnerJenny C.GroupUofI College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital
Created2023-11-17 10:37 CSTUpdated2023-11-17 10:47 CST
SitesUniversity of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital
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