ST. CROIX - The Luis Hospital board on Friday released a statement aimed at clarifying when and what it knew about pay raises and retroactive pay that hospital executives gave out, saying members wanted to "clarify some misperceptions that were portrayed" during a Senate committee meeting this week.
"I did not feel that the chairman accurately portrayed the actions of the board," said Kim Jones, who sent out the press release on behalf of the board, including board chairman Dr. Anthony Ricketts. "There was confusion, especially with regards to the knowledge of the board, and with regards to the approval of the board. And the hospital board, the current board as it stands, did not approve any of those raises or any of the retro."
ST. THOMAS - A St. Thomas native who has been a longtime special needs teacher has taken her experience and turned it into a colorful lesson children that it is OK to be different with the release of her first children's book, "Hammer the Hyperactive Hound."
Rachel Davis, who teaches special education in Greenwich, Conn., wrote the book to highlight the need for better understanding of children with "comprehensive needs, emotional disturbance, behavior problems across many socioeconomic backgrounds."
According to a statement issued by the Luis Hospital board, it has agreed to publish a plan for the hospital: "A Vision for Systems Improvement Agreement Success."
The systems improvement agreement is the document hospital officials developed and then signed with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in November, outlining in broad strokes the hospital's responsibilities as Luis staff work to correct deficiencies CMS uncovered and meet basic standards for quality of care.
ST. CROIX - Education officials said Friday the transition from Alexander Henderson Elementary to four other schools around Frederiksted has been a smooth one and that the 430 students formerly of the school are now in a "safe comfortable environment conducive to learning."
Thursday "went better than expected," St. Croix Superintendent of Schools Colleen Williams said. "Everybody was in place, buses arrived on time and the children left on time."
The V.I. Health Department issued a statement Friday that all health permits to serve the public have expired, effective Monday.
Businesses that do not renew their permits could face fines and possible loss of their health license, according to the Health Department.
Additionally, all establishment operators and workers assisting with food and drink preparation must obtain an individual health card, which can be obtained at Health Department Community Health clinics. A picture I.D. or Social Security I.D. is required.
The LBJ Pump Station experienced a mechanical failure on Wednesday that resulted in a sewage spill in the immediate area and adjacent sea, according to a statement issued Friday by the V.I. Waste Management Authority.
Crews responded and isolated the in-house pump equipment to cease the bypass of sewage late Wednesday morning, and the onsite backup diesel pump system was used to restore normal sewage pumping operations at the facility.