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Feb 5

LRH Recognized For Patient Safety

A local hospital is receiving some special recognition. Lakes Regional Healthcare has been awarded the Patient Safety Grand Prize by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. The award will be presented at a statewide Patient Safety Conference March 12th.

The award recognizes healthcare providers and/or healthcare organizations for outstanding leadership and achievement in patient safety. It’s based on improving patient safety, reducing the risk of human harm and keeping patients at the center of care.

According to hospital records, Lakes Regional Healthcare had a readmission rate of 7.9 percent in 2012, compared to slightly more than six percent in 2013. The national avers in 2012 was 18.4 percent.

Officials with LRH say all readmissions are evaluated monthly by a special team that reviews the reason for readmission; if the readmission was preventalbe; the amount of time between hospitalizations; whether the patient had needs prior to discharge that were not addressed and discussions regarding trending and monitoring of readmissions.

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St. Luke’s Is One of Three Using New Technology

A Cedar Rapids hospital is using new technology to treat patients with heart rhythm problems.

Saint Luke’s is one of just three centers in the world to use electrophysiology catheters.

"My pulse averaged about a hundred all the time and normal is about 60,” Mike Strope.

For him, one procedure is all it took to get his rhythm back.

"I had no idea that they had this new procedure. I didn’t know it until I met with the doctor.

It all began last April.

Strope says he was constantly feeling tired even when he was resting.

After a trip to the E.R he learned he was suffering from atrial fibrillation, the number one cause of stroke.

"It’s when the top part of the heart, the Atrium starts to beat erratically. A lot of people have symptoms. Chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea,” said St. Luke’s Electrophysiologist, Dr. Mohit Chawla.

"I felt like I was walking in a pool of water all the time. It just was exhausting to do anything,” said Strope.

Luckily Doctor Mohit Chawla had come across new technology, a catheter that helps with burning the electrical pathway that causes atrial fibrillation.

"These catheters allow us to basically deliver the appropriate energy to basically disrupt that emo-circuit and basically fix the rhythm problem,” he said.

Chawla says the catheter makes it easier because it provides a clearer picture.

"It’s so much easier to tell that you’re delivering appropriate energy to the right spot. So what you’re doing is you’re saving time. You’re not burning in areas that you’ve already burned. You’re saving energy,” he said.

It’s all good news for Strope.

"98 percent of the time, my heart is in rhythm now,” said Strope.

The catheter is FDA approved but with a limited release in the United States.

To watch the video: http://www.cbs2iowa.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/st-lukes-one-three-using-new-technology-24776.shtml

Potentially Life-Saving Devices Donated in Cedar Rapids

St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids has donated three automated external defibrillators to public areas in Linn County.
Officials say the new Cedar Rapids Public Library is getting two of the devices. The Linn County Fair is getting one.
The donations come from the hospital’s Heart Safe Community program, which has donated more than 70 defibrillators to public locations in the area since 2002.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA) more than 383,000 Americans experience sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital. CPR and early defibrillation with an AED more than doubles a victim’s chance of survival.
In 2002, St. Luke’s says it donated 20 AEDs to some of Cedar Rapids’ largest public facilities. In 2010, the hospital’s foundation donated 50 AEDs to the Cedar Rapids Police Department - so every squad car could be equipped with an AED.

(Source: cbs2iowa.com)

Graham Customers Receive Patient Safety Awards

Hospitals Receive IHC Patient Safety Awards

The 2014 Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) Patient Safety Awards were recently announced and will be featured at IHC Patient Safety Conference on March 12 at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona (see following article).

Outstanding work in care transitions by Lakes Regional Healthcare (LRH) in Spirit Lake garnered the Patient Safety Grand Prize award.  LRH improved the safety and care transitions of patients by preventing readmissions as evidenced by a readmission rate of 7.9 percent in 2012 compared to 6.08 percent for 2013.  All readmissions are evaluated by the hospital’s utilization review nurse and admitting physician at the time of readmission.

All readmissions are evaluated monthly by a special team that reviews the reason for readmission and root cause, including if post-hospital services were utilized prior to readmission; if the readmission preventable; amount of time between hospitalizations; whether the patient had needs prior to discharge that were not addressed; and discussions regarding trending and monitoring of readmissions.

Three categorical award recipients were also announced:

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center (BVRMC), Storm Lake (Leadership and Culture of Safety Award):  BVRMC has recognized that a strong culture of safety is essential to error prevention and reduction of harm and made significant progress in its quest for improvement of their culture of safety.  Examples of tactics implemented include: quarterly off-site leadership training via Leadership Development Institutes over the past 10 years and being accredited by The Joint Commission for more than 30 years while implementing all Joint Commission safety initiatives and goals; organization goal setting (with challenging metrics) related to both employee and patient safety; investing time and resources in the 14 Team STEPPS Master Trainers; and a tiered approach to staff education and training on security.

 

 

Graham Receives MBI’s 2013 Outstanding Company Safety Award

Master Builders of Iowa held their 2013 Safety Awards Luncheon on Tuesday December 17th, 2013 at their annual Safety and Environmental Conference. Each year MBI along with Iowa OSHA award the Outstanding Company Safety Award to a general contractor and a specialty contractor. MBI also presented two new awards this year for the Safety Professional of the Year and the Safety Champion of the year.

The Outstanding Company Safety Award for a general contractor this year was awarded to Graham Construction.  Graham was recognized by their peers in the construction industry for this prestigious award for several reasons. From December of 2007 to today, Graham has not had a lost time injury which represents over 1.1 million hours of work. Graham has also not had a recordable injury since July of 2012 which represents over 210,000 hours. Graham’s Experience Modification Rate (EMR) is 0.61 which is significantly lower than the national average of 1.0 and our Total Recordable Frequency Rate (TRFR) for 2013 is 0.0. These safety statistics rank Graham in the top 1% of contractors nationally.

In addition, Graham was recognized for its safety incentive program for their employees, their “fit for duty” pre-hiring program and their commitment to safety training. 100% of Graham’s employees in the field and the office have received their OSHA 10 Hour training certificate. All of their Superintendents and over 50% of their Foremen and office staff have received their OSHA 30 Hour training certificate. Also, over 60% of Graham’s site specific safety audits by MBI’s Construction Safety Specialists are clean audits meaning that no violations were found and no corrections were required by Graham or their subcontractors. Graham has also made a significant commitment to the Iowa Work Safe program developed by the IOSHA/MBI Alliance by registering 6 projects in the program.

                                                                                                                                               

Graham would like to thank the members of their safety committee, Dave Armantrout, Peggy Burow, Seth Elgin, Casey Hansen, Dave Hiveley, Tom Kouri, Ken McCormick, Henry Norman, Rich Richtsmeier, Tim Richtsmeier and Jason Wegner for their hard work and dedication. We especially want to thank all of our employees for making safety a “way of life” and committing to ensuring the safety of themselves and their co-workers every day. This award is recognition of their efforts and hard work.

Graham Receives MBI’s 2013 Outstanding Company Safety Award

Master Builders of Iowa held their 2013 Safety Awards Luncheon on Tuesday December 17th, 2013 at their annual Safety and Environmental Conference. Each year MBI along with Iowa OSHA award the Outstanding Company Safety Award to a general contractor and a specialty contractor. MBI also presented two new awards this year for the Safety Professional of the Year and the Safety Champion of the year.

The Outstanding Company Safety Award for a general contractor this year was awarded to Graham Construction.  Graham was recognized by their peers in the construction industry for this prestigious award for several reasons. From December of 2007 to today, Graham has not had a lost time injury which represents over 1.1 million hours of work. Graham has also not had a recordable injury since July of 2012 which represents over 210,000 hours. Graham’s Experience Modification Rate (EMR) is 0.61 which is significantly lower than the national average of 1.0 and our Total Recordable Frequency Rate (TRFR) for 2013 is 0.0. These safety statistics rank Graham in the top 1% of contractors nationally.

In addition, Graham was recognized for its safety incentive program for their employees, their “fit for duty” pre-hiring program and their commitment to safety training. 100% of Graham’s employees in the field and the office have received their OSHA 10 Hour training certificate. All of their Superintendents and over 50% of their Foremen and office staff have received their OSHA 30 Hour training certificate. Also, over 60% of Graham’s site specific safety audits by MBI’s Construction Safety Specialists are clean audits meaning that no violations were found and no corrections were required by Graham or their subcontractors. Graham has also made a significant commitment to the Iowa Work Safe program developed by the IOSHA/MBI Alliance by registering 6 projects in the program.

                                                                                                                                               

Graham would like to thank the members of their safety committee, Dave Armantrout, Peggy Burow, Seth Elgin, Casey Hansen, Dave Hiveley, Tom Kouri, Ken McCormick, Henry Norman, Rich Richtsmeier, Tim Richtsmeier and Jason Wegner for their hard work and dedication. We especially want to thank all of our employees for making safety a “way of life” and committing to ensuring the safety of themselves and their co-workers every day. This award is recognition of their efforts and hard work.

Dec 4

Jones Regional Medical Center Plans $11 Million Expansion

UnityPoint Health-Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa will undergo an $11 million expansion, adding space to its emergency department, specialty clinics, rehabilitation area, laboratory and pharmacy.

The 22-bed critical access hospital at the intersection of Highways 151 and 64 was built in 2009 and has seen unexpected growth across the board. The number of patients the medical center sees each year has increased from 42,000 in 2008 to 57,000 in 2012, said Sheila Tjaden, director of public relations and foundation at the center.

Read more at: http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Jones-Regional-Medical-Center-Plans-11-Million-Expansion—234276871.html

Dec 2

Grundy Center hospital earns recognition among top ERs in U.S.

A patient arrives at the emergency room at Grundy County Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed “critical access” facility in Grundy Center.

A short trip through the mandatory maze of paperwork, a quick check of temperature, blood pressure and other standard measurements, and a physician appears to treat the problem.

Off the patient goes, released and armed with prescribed medication and detailed instructions for convalescence.

A few days later, a standard bill for services rendered arrives in the mail.

The recipient pulls out the invoice and finds something else: a thank-you card bearing the signatures of all personnel who were present when the patient visited the ER, from the receptionist to the attending nurses and physician.

Read more at: http://wcfcourier.com/business/local/grundy-center-hospital-earns-recognition-among-top-ers-in-u/article_e8b183e5-0563-5803-8355-9cc7cd23d04b.html

Community welcomes brand new hospital in Sumner

Dozens of people gathered in Sumner Sunday for the official grand opening of the new Community Memorial Hospital. Crews broke ground 2 years ago on the porject.

"I did mention it’s a bit like staying at the spa," said Melissa Bruch, patient.

Bruch is staying at the new Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner. It may not sound like it, but Bruch is recovering from pneumonia. As of Sunday she says she is feeling pretty good, but Friday night was a different story.

"When I couldn’t breathe Friday night I woke my husband up and said I think we need to go to the hospital right away," said Bruch.

Bruch lives in Sumner. She says with the way she was feeling that night, she was glad the drive to the hospital was a short one.

"It seems like a long drive coming in four miles. I can’t imagine what a longer drive would have felt like," said Bruch.

The next closest hospital is about 30 miles away. It’s a distance CEO Mary Wells says could be a matter of life or death in some cases.

That’s one reason she says it’s important to have a hospital in the small town.

Another reason, she says, is to take care of the rural major medicare population.

"This is preventive health. We are trying to maintain people in their home, in their hometown and in the emergent situation we want to be there for them even if it’s something that we need to transfer," said Bruch.

The new full service hospital is about 20% larger than the old one. Officials say it is more patient friendly, with all levels of care on one floor.

"I’m just very thankful for it," said Bruch.

The whole cost nearly $20 million. An $18 million federal loan and more than $2 million in donations helped pay for it.

(Source: kwwl.com)

Oct 1

LRH expansion set for spring completion

Construction crews are roughly 12 months along in a $20 million expansion of the east side of Lakes Regional Healthcare. The expansion will be home to a new birth center, surgery center and a new patient registration area. The project is set to be complete in the late spring of 2014. Lakes Regional Healthcare officials say a nearly $20 million, 10,000-square-foot expansion of Lakes Regional Healthcare is nearly complete.

The completed project will feature a new birth and surgery center as well as a spruced up front entrance. Construction that began in the fall in 2012 should tentatively be completed by late spring 2014.

Read more at:  http://www.dickinsoncountynews.com/story/2007107.html