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Jamboree hospital admissions fewer than feared

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Fewer Boy Scouts were injured during the National Scout Jamboree than organizers anticipated.

Emergency rooms around the state had 187 visits from Boy Scouts during the 10-day event last month, CAMC chief financial officer Larry Hudson told the hospital's board Wednesday morning.

Charleston Area Medical Center had seven young people and two adults admitted to its trauma unit, Hudson said.

This year's Jamboree, held July 15-24, was the first to be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Fayette County.

During the last Jamboree, held at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia in 2010, there were 700 trips to local emergency rooms and 350 admissions, Hudson said.

"There was a lot less activity [this year], which means that the event was much safer than in prior years," Hudson said. "Fewer kids and adults were injured, which is good news."

Hudson said the fewer injuries could be attributed to the engineering of the high-adventure activities at the Jamboree.

"BSA did a great job of planning and engineering and executing a very safe Jamboree," Hudson said.

CAMC had specially made patches for Boy Scouts who were admitted to the hospital during the Jamboree, Hudson said. The hospital also made patches for HealthNet pilots and technicians.

"The trading of patches is a big deal in the scouting world," said Hudson, who is also the president of the local Buckskin council of the Boy Scouts and father to three Eagle Scouts. "Kids love it, the adults love it and so therefore [we] just kind of fed that culture by creating a patch especially for CAMC and for the kids and the adults who came here."

In other business, CAMC's future board meetings will be paperless. The board has signed up for a six-month trial period with Directors Desk, a company that will provide an electronic program where members can access meeting minutes, committee reports and agendas each month.

After the six-month period, if the board wants to continue with the program, it will cost between $15,000 and $20,000 each year, Hudson said.

Typically, each board member gets a 200- to 400-page packet each month with those documents and other relevant information included, Hudson said.

The paperless program will allow members to access the documents on their iPads or computers. The hospital will purchase iPads for board members who don't have them. Officials also set up a special boardroom Wi-Fi connection.

"The goal [of going paperless] is to kind of move into the 21st century -- make things more available and more secure for our board members and committee members," Hudson said.

Reach Lori Kersey at lori.kersey@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.


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