Health Clinic discusses stroke response, board elections and accreditation at annual meeting

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Boca Grande Fire Chief C.W. Blosser addresses the members of the board at the Boca Grande Health Clinic’s annual meeting. Photo by Jack

BY JACK SHORT – Members of the Boca Grande Health Clinic had their annual meeting to conduct some housekeeping, learn about stroke response and elect or reelect board members, and to celebrate their recent accreditation.

CEO John Seilert emphasized that the three-year accreditation, from Ace Association for Ambulatory Care, is rare among clinics sized similarly to the BGHC. He said the recognition by the “nationally recognized, non profit, body,” means that BGHC “has met national standards for quality health care.”

Outgoing board member John Murphy, who has served the maximum allowed number of terms and who was also chair of the nominating committee, presented the board with nominees Mark Ambrosius, Pete Nicholas and Stephen Staelin.

Nicholas and Staelin were both elected to their second three-year terms and Ambrosius was newly elected.

After Foundation Chair Will Farish Reported that the annual Hank Wright auction brought in between $200,000 and $250,000. According to Farish, their endowment stands at $28.2 million.

Dr. Jeff Humbarger presented information on stroke treatments, centers and protocols, and Chief C.W. Blosser of the Boca Grande Fire Dept. spoke about Emergency Medical Services’ role in stroke and trauma responses.