OTTUMWA, Iowa-Workers at 82-bed Ottumwa Regional Health Center will not unionize. A majority of nurses, custodial workers and laboratory technicians rejected a move to organize in an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. Of the 725 employees eligible to vote, 664 cast ballots. Of those, 398 were against unionizing, 246 were in favor, and 20 ballots were challenged. "Not all the people turned out to vote, or I think we would have gotten in," said Richard Damm, spokesman for Laborers' Local 565. Clarence Cory, the hospital's president, said he is glad the matter has ended and that he looks forward to direct talks between management and staff.
TECUMSEH, Neb.-Voters in Johnson County earlier this month approved a $2.6 million bond issue to renovate the county's hospital. The vote was 810-73, county officials said. The $3.6 million project is partially funded from hospital reserves. The emergency room and specialty clinics will be moved to newly constructed space at the front of the hospital. A revamped radiology department, including in-house computed tomography scanning and ultrasound, will be relocated to a new addition planned for the 19-bed hospital. The facility will pay off the bonds with reserves and cash flow, officials said.