May 22, 2020 4:08 PM

Baldetti says county is ready to write its own policy if bill is signed

Posted May 22, 2020 4:08 PM

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Reno County's health officer says the county is ready to write its own policy regarding COVID-19.

"There was a large group of Reno County constituents and business leaders that came together as the Reno County Recovery Task Force," Baldetti said. "It was a marathon two weeks, but within that span of two weeks, the framework for what was thought to be a responsible plan moving forward specifically for Reno County was set forth."

The bill passed by the Kansas Legislature Friday says in part, "The board of county commissioners of any county may issue an order relating to public health that includes provisions that are less stringent than the provisions of an executive order effective statewide issued by the governor. Any board of county commissioners issuing such an order must make a finding based upon advice from the local health officer or other local health officials that the scope of the provisions in the governor's executive order are not necessary to protect the public health and safety of the county to be implemented in the county."

Baldetti would like to see serious consultation with the health care community when setting policy parameters for what would be needed to close things again once they have opened.

"If we have X number of hospitalizations, X number of ventilations and X number of disease spread, that's data that we can specifically track," Baldetti said. "We should take that to the table with the health care system and say how do you feel the activity is happening within the bounds of your purviews."

As an example, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center has two potential wards for COVID patients.

"If one of those wards were to begin to fill up, which would be about half of the intake bed capacity associated with COVID-19, the hospital staff, their protocol is to raise the alarm bell, so to speak," Baldetti said.

The hospital hasn't come close to those numbers, thus far.

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May 22, 2020 4:08 PM
Siemens Gamesa names new North America CEO

ORLANDO, Fla. — Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced that it is under new leadership in the North American Onshore segment. Shannon Sturgil was named CEO effective June 1. He will be based out Orlando, Florida. Sturgil succeeds José Antonio Miranda, who will return to Spain.

Sturgil brings more than 20 years of experience with Siemens where he held a number of sales and marketing roles with ever-increasing responsibilities in the energy industry. Most recently he was the head of Power Systems Sales for Siemens Energy, Inc., which included sales responsibility for all generation, transmission and distribution, service, and battery storage technologies.

“North America is a key market and presents enormous opportunity for Siemens Gamesa – the industry experienced a total of 1,800 MW in U.S. first-quarter installations in 2020 alone along with vibrant growth in the repower segment. And with the westward shift in Canada, we are seeing success and new opportunities in the Saskatchewan and Alberta provinces,” Shannon Sturgil said. “I’m very excited to join Siemens Gamesa to now have the opportunity to continue to grow our presence in these important markets. I’ve worked with many customers in the U.S. energy industry over the years and look forward to collaborating even closer in my new role to help them with their energy transformations toward a cleaner, more renewable future.”

“Shannon has extensive experience in the energy industry with strong customer relationships. I am confident that he and the team will build on José Antonio’s work, with a strong focus on profitable growth in the region,” says Enrique Pedrosa, Onshore Chief of Regions Officer, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.

Siemens Gamesa has a strong presence in North America with a total installed base of nearly 25 GW, enough energy to power over 7 million average households.