Labette Health’s Board of Trustees on Thursday granted two doctors additional privileges to work in the emergency room.

Trustees approved Dr. Scott D. Coates, who works in general surgery, and Dr. Neil Goodloe, whose specialty is a hospitalist, to work in the ER. A hospitalist provides general medical care to hospitalized patients.

The doctors will provide services to emergency room patients, such as surgery and other procedures when needed.

“One of the things we’re attempting to do is make sure that there’s always backup,” said Brian Williams, hospital CEO and president.

“Kudos to Dr. Coates and all the general surgeons,” Williams added.

“It’s really done for safety for the patient.” Williams said.

Dr. Brian Kenkel presented these reports to allow the doctors to work in the emergency room for approval during the meeting.

The board also accepted active staff positions and contractual staff positions.

In other action Thursday, trustees had two executive sessions. One of the sessions was for five minutes for consultation with the hospital’s attorney. The second, which lasted 30 minutes, was about confidential data related to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations and partnerships. Trustees did not take action following either session.

The next trustee meeting is planned for 7 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4.

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