Patient Safety Awareness
(March 4, 2014)
GREENSBURG — The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has declared March 2 to 8, “Patient Safety Awareness Week.”
According to NPSF’s website, the event is an “annual education and awareness campaign for healthcare safety,” designed to create awareness in the communities served by hospitals both within the United States and around the world.
At local hospital Decatur County Memorial (DCMH), vice president of patient care Diane McKinney told the Daily News the hospital isn’t holding special events or doing anything out of the ordinary to observe patient safety awareness. In McKinney’s view, no one week of any given year at DCMH can be singled out as being more important for patient safety than any other.
“Every week is patient safety week,” she said.
According to McKinney, DCMH has “all kinds of initiatives and processes in place to insure that [patient] care is safe.”
The hospital, she explained, works through a partnership with the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA), which supplies DCMH with a Federal grant to focus on 10 key areas of patient safety. Those areas include the prevention of hospital-developed infections, DVT (deep vein thrombosis – a specific, serious type of blood clot) prevention, adverse-drug-event prevention, patient-fall prevention and pressure-ulcer prevention (which are caused when a patient lays or sits in one position too long). The 10 IHA key focus areas also include an obstetrics-related (the OB of OB/GYN) emphasis on preventing early-elective deliveries in women less than 39 weeks pregnant.
The 39-week guideline arose from data compiled by the March of Dimes, McKinney explained, which find that, between weeks 36 and 39 weeks of a pregnancy, a baby’s brain undergoes major development.
Teams at DCMH are assigned to address specific measures related to each one of the topic areas, McKinney continued. “And we also have other initiatives in place to make sure that communication with patients and families is optimized,” she added.
DCMH director of marketing Lynzee McDowell, for instance, is working on corridor signs that direct hospital visitors and patients to the proper areas. With the community working to adjust to the new floor layouts implemented by the September opening of DCMH’s Medical/Surgical building, those signs are particularly important at the moment.
The hospital’s main entrance, for example, is no longer located on the facility’s west side (colloquially known as “the gift shop entrance”), but is now on the north side, McKinney said.
Another change DCMH has recently instituted to address patient safety is a procedure known as a “bedside shift report.” According to McKinney, the procedure is fairly self-explanatory; it involves the nurse just finishing a shift holding a sort of mini-conference with her replacement at each patient’s bedside.
A bedside shift report is beneficial in a couple ways, McKinney explained. For one, it facilitates direct communication between the patient’s healthcare providers on the floor, leading to fewer opportunities for mistakes. More importantly, perhaps, a bedside shift report directly involves the patient in his or her own care every time there’s a shift change.
Each time a shift change occurs, McKinney stressed, the outgoing and ingoing nurses are required to confer at the patient’s bedside.
“Our focus is always patient safety – communicating with our patients and our community members,” McKinney said. “I’m confident we’re doing a good job focusing on that on a day-to-day basis.”
Day of Dance Success
(February 22, 2014)
GREENSBURG — The 2014 Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) Spirit of Women (SOW) Day of Dance didn’t host a “featured performer,” but that didn’t stop Decatur Countians from turning out en masse to the Decatur County Family YMCA for the annual event. Y members and non-members alike turned out for a day of swimming, aqua bootcamp, water jogging, aqua arthritis, bouncing, Yoga, Pilates, basketball, soccer, tee-ball, Jujitsu and, of course, dancing. In a preview article for the event, DCMH SOW coordinator Annie Wilkison previously explained that she intentionally left out a featured performer in 2014 , hoping the omission would encourage more attendees to participate in the various exhibitions and activities offered.
A featured performer, she explained at the time, doesn’t encourage participants to “Get Up and Move” – quite the opposite, in fact – which is the event’s driving mantra. If the number of attendees to Saturday’s event is any indication, Wilkison was wildly successful in her objective. The lack of a featured act didn’t appear to dampen turnout in the least.
The Daily News saw a range of age groups, from infants to seniors – both male and female, participating in a wide array of activities. Participants were packed into the YMCA, with the facility’s main gym serving as the staging area for the non-stop Zumbathon held at Day of Dance. Upstairs, Y instructors conducted free Pilates and Yoga classes – among others – while numerous booths were set up to disseminate information and conduct numerous free health screenings, including screenings for blood-pressure, body mass index, neuropathy, blood sugar and others. There were also 400 free boxed lunches handed out to attendees, featuring Subway sandwiches and other various goodies, along with a number of door prizes and other giveaways.
According to Wilkison, Day of Dance, along with SOW’s various other year-round events, are important because they encourage area women to become more proactive regarding both their own health and the health of their families. Studies show that women make 80 percent of all household decisions regarding healthcare, Wilkison said. SOW events encourage women to become better informed in that role; they also encourage men to get more involved, as was evidenced by the number of men present Saturday. I’ve got several women who make their husbands come along to every SOW event, Wilkison said; that encourages better health in the men and provides help to women in making healthcare decisions. To find out more about the local Spirit of Women chapter, call 663-1325 or 663-1389. For more information on the Decatur County Family YMCA or any of its programs, call 663-9622.
Patients Family Shares Story about Exceptional Care and Convenience at DCMH
(February 10, 2014)
“Our mother was blessed to have lived a long and healthy life. Spiritually, mentally and physically, she has always been a very positive person!” Cheryl Linville said about her 93-year-old mother, Freda Mae Volz Pleak who passed away, Thursday, January 23, 2014. Upon entering DCMH she continued to be herself very thankful and appreciative for the service they provided, from ER to the third floor patient care unit. “They truly made you feel like you were at home away from home," she continued. “During a difficult time in our lives, all of us Rick, Terri, Rock, Sonja, Cheryl and Alex in spirit were amazed of the transition from life to everlasting life. Not only comfort for Momma but us too!”
Pleak’s children were so grateful for the hospitality demonstrated by Decatur County Memorial Hospital that they wanted to share their story. “We didn’t know every single care-taker that stepped foot through our door, but they did such a wonderful job of showing us they cared,” Linville said.
Freda Mae Pleak, was a patient at Decatur County Memorial Hospital for almost two weeks. Linville, along with other family members were by her side the entire time. When asked about her visit and her mother’s stay in the new Med/Surg unit and the care provided, Linville was overjoyed to share her story. “I can’t get over how convenient everything is,” Linville said, describing the parking and the easily accessible elevator, adjacent to the Hospital’s ER waiting room. “It just makes sense!”
“Everything is wonderful,” Linville continued to say, “There’s a lot less walking involved now that the main entrance is combined with the emergency entrance on the north side of the campus. There’s more parking, and it feels cleaner, not having to walk through other patient areas to get to your destination.”
Since her mother’s first night at DCMH, Linville has been overwhelmed by the amount of teamwork, love, professionalism and care demonstrated by hospital staff. Linville has had many experiences at DCMH from the birth of her first child, to general surgeries, visits to our old Med/Surg unit and the hospitalization of her mother in the new unit. She says this time around was much different, describing the cool “healthy” air that blows from the vents, the private rooms that accommodated her large visiting family and the comfortable couch/bed in each room. Linville spent a majority of the nights sleeping in the room, alongside her mother, and commented on the comfort level of the couch/bed by saying, “I sell mattresses and those beds in each room for visitors to sleep on are very comfortable.”
After highlighting all the wonderful new features and amenities offered in the new unit, Linville paused for a moment as she tried to remember all the names of everyone who’s cared for her and her mother during their time. “I’ve been so touched by everyone,” she said. “From the moment we arrived, it seemed like a Broadway production. Everyone knew their jobs, knew what to do and did it with such grace.” She mentioned specific instances like the house-keeper, Ardith Carpenter, going above and beyond to keep their room spotless. The dietary aid, Ashley Kohl, for going out of her way and making a special trip to the grocery store to buy her mother’s favorite tapioca pudding. The social worker, Lori Hunter, who helped explain all of the confusing medical terms and processes. The nursing assistance, Susan Green, as well as the many other registered nurses for their “polite and tender-hearted care during our stay.” She followed these examples saying, “They truly make you feel at home, when you’re away from home.”
SOW members hop aboard "passport to health"
(February 1, 2014)
Written by the Greensburg Daily News — Thursday night at the Purdue Extension office, 43 Decatur County women left the wintry cold and snow behind and boarded their imaginations for a Spirit of Women (SOW)-sponsored trip to Spain.
After a brief meet-and-greet, the event kicked off with a presentation on diabetes by Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) dietician and certified diabetes educator Alexis Laska. Laska’s PowerPoint presentation hit all the basics regarding diabetes and offered a limited amount of more-in-depth information, with Laska taking questions afterward.
The key to successfully dealing with diabetes, Laska told the group, and to avoiding it, is to educate oneself. What is diabetes? she posed. What is pre-diabetes? Who is at risk? Should you be tested? Can diabetes be managed? What can you do to delay or prevent diabetes and its complications?
The remainder of the presentation focused on these questions, with Laska covering each point-by-point and striving to provide answers. Afterward, she took a number of questions from the audience, before ceding the floor to North Decatur High School Spanish teacher Jenny Robbins.
Robbins served as a kind of tour guide for Thursday’s imaginary trip to Spain, bringing along five student assistants to help attendees navigate their way around four Spanish cities. DCMH SOW Coordinator Annie Wilkison told the Daily News that Thursday’s “Passport to Health” event was part of a series of such imaginary trips that will be held once a quarter in the year ahead.
When asked if there was some connection Spain and diabetes, Wilkison answered, “No, there’s no connection between Spain and diabetes. The idea behind these events – behind every event the SOW holds – is to provide women with valuable information about their health and the health of their families in a fun environment.”According to Wilkison, studies consistently indicate that women make the majority of healthcare-related decisions in their households, making education vital to both SOW members and to their families.If fun was the goal Thursday, Wilkison and SOW assistant coordinator Suzanne Miller certainly succeeded. Four separate tables were arranged around the Extension Office meeting room, with the five NDHS students operating them. Each station represented a Spanish City. NDHS senior Lauren Kinker provided information at her table focused on Seville, Spain, while senior Matthew Bailey provided a virtual tour of Toledo, with senior Erin Hoeing concentrating on Barcelona. NDHS juniors Emily Kissel and Hannah Andrews provided attendees to their table with information about Spain’s capital, Madrid.
In addition to maps and general information about each city (climate, size, population, top industries, language, culture, etc.), attendees also sampled a traditional, student-prepared Spanish appetizer – or Tapas – at three of the tables, with Bailey providing a homemade, non-alcoholic sangria.
Each of Thursday’s attendees also received a ‘passport,’ in which each student signed the name of their respective city. SOW members will have those passports on hand for each successive Passport to Health excursion, having them signed at each, making for an imaginary round-the-world chronicle.
Robbins told the Daily News that the participating senior students from Thursday night joined the event as part of a class project. “They’ll be giving these same presentations in class,” she explained, “but they’ll be required to present them in Spanish.”
“My juniors,” she continued, “stepped up and volunteered to participate in tonight’s presentation for two of my seniors who had scheduling conflicts. They’re doing it because they love Spanish.”
For their part, students were enthusiastic about interacting with SOW attendees and talking about their respective cities.
Kinker and Hoeing told the Daily News they intend to study nursing upon graduation. Both agreed that being fluent in Spanish would provide significant advantage in the field. With more Spanish speakers coming into the American healthcare system every day, the need to effectively communicate with them one-on-one could prove critical to providing efficient, successful care.
Kissel and Andrews plan to pursue careers in marine biology and law enforcement, respectively. They, too, agreed that becoming fluent in Spanish would provide significant advantages in their respective fields.Kissel, in fact, plans to learn additional languages in college, while Andrews has set her sights on ultimately becoming an FBI field agent. Knowing Spanish, she said, would provide her with a great deal of flexibility regarding where she can work.
The Decatur County Spirit of Women’s next major event will be its annual Day of Dance Celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 22, at the Decatur County Family YMCA. For more information on this or any other SOW event or to inquire about joining, call 663-1325.
Plenty "Pop" in to DCMH Women's Care
(January 29, 2014)
Written by the Greensburg Daily News — The theme of Monday night’s Women’s Health Meet & Greet event at Decatur County Memorial Hospital was “Just Pop In.”For DCMH marketing and communications manager Lynzee McDowell, the event came close to living up to its theme in one quite unexpected way.“More than 50 people attended,” McDowell explained. “In planning this event, we projected an attendance number of 25 or 30. We would’ve considered that many people a big success.”With more than 50 attendees, however, the offices of DCMH’s off-campus Women’s Care facility came perilously close to going over capacity.“If we would’ve drawn many more people,” McDowell explained, “We might’ve been forced to consider moving to another location.”Switching locations might have reduced the atmosphere of intimacy and immediacy McDowell and co-organizers Sarah McVey (DCMH marketing & communications assistant) and Laci Borgman (practice manager over DCMH specialty practices) hoped to achieve.With no venue change required, however, McDowell said the atmosphere lived up almost perfectly to expectations, describing Monday night’s setting as “quaint.”
Based on their planning for “Just Pop In” then, the number of attendees permitted McDowell and her co-organizers to reach goal number one: bring people through the doors.Any interactive, community event, no matter how well organized, McDowell said, is doomed to fail if no one attends. In that regard, the event was a marked success despite ridiculously cold temperatures on Monday night.Four DCMH doctors attended Monday, including OB/GYN Wayne Perry from Women’s Care, M.D., Nicole Boersma, M.D., from Primary Care, and Jennifer Fletcher, M.D. and Mary McCullough, M.D., both from Tree City Medical Practitioners (TCMP). Dr. Jami Rayles, M.D., from Primary Care, was also scheduled to attend, but had to cancel. Additionally, Natasha Struewing, a women’s-health nurse practitioner with TCMP also attended.Attracting those doctors, McDowell said, was goal number two among organizers.“It’s really tricky to get doctors to attend an event like this,” she said. “They’re so busy and are juggling about a million different things, getting them to be here is a significant accomplishment in itself.Perry, of course, specializes in women’s health, while the other three doctors in attendance, along with Rayles and Struewing, McDowell explained, have all completed specialized training in women’s health issues.
With the exception of Perry, McDowell further noted, Monday’s other doctors (including Rayles) don’t focus exclusively on female patients, but see other types too. Still, McDowell wants Greensburg and Decatur County women to know they have the option of seeing these doctors.The advantage to using the more-generally focused Boersma, Fletcher, McCullough, Rayles and Struewing lies in the fact that, in regards to the care of female patients, they all work closely with Perry. That allows for highly-personalized care without patients necessarily being required to seek treatment beyond DCMH, McDowell explained.McDowell was most impressed with the interaction between physicians and community members at the event, which meant goal number three – the event’s most crucial – was a resounding success.“We staged this event for that interaction,” McDowell explained. “We want Decatur Countians to know what we have to offer. We want them to understand that they can get specialized care right here at home, without needing to drive to Indianapolis or some other larger community. We want them to be aware of the resources that are available right here in Decatur County.”
Your Hospital, Your Community: Nationally Recognized
(November 21, 2013)
Your Hospital recently received an award for demonstrating excellence and innovation in the area of community engagement. DCMH is committed to engaging and communicating with our patients, partners, and the communities we serve. The National Rural Health Resource Center recognized DCMH for our demonstrated excellence and innovation in initiatives for improving population health, in leadership engaging and communicating with patients, partners, and the community, and for established methods for gathering data from the community and incorporating results into project planning. The Critical Access Hospital Recognition award was established by The Center and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) to recognize the excellent work in critical access hospitals (CAH) throughout the country. The recognition promotes excellence and innovation and honors the achievements and results of CAHs while publicizing successful strategies.
This year, 16 CAHs were nominated for recognition. “This year’s recipients embody both outstanding commitment to their communities and meaningful innovation,” said Terry Hill, Executive Director of The Center. “They demonstrate that rural hospitals can lead the way in the rapidly changing health care industry.”
Health care delivered in rural communities is affordable, high quality, and necessary to the good health of the entire community. “Engaging our patients, partners, and community members is crucial to understanding the needs of our patients and ensuring the continued success of our hospital,” replied Linda Simmons, hospital CEO and President. Your Hospital is featured in The Center’s January newsletter regarding this recognition. DCMH is the first Indiana hospital to receive the award, and are one out of five hospitals in the nation to receive the recognition this year.
Hospital Foundation funds health programs
(November 15, 2013)
“They were like machines…”—that’s how Hospital Foundation Director Bryan Robbins described the women of the Decatur County Extension Homemakers that helped plant 350 daffodil bulbs around the Decatur County Memorial Hospital campus earlier this week. “They got done in an hour and a half, and I think I was the only one sweating.” The flowers were part of the Hospital Foundation’s annual Daffodil Campaign, in which generous donors give to the Foundation in memory of individuals, special occasions, extra efforts, or simply as a thank you, and an according number of daffodils are planted to bloom each spring. Since 2007, over 2,100 daffodils have been planted and decorate the campus. Robbins related that over $4,000 was raised this year, all of which goes toward funding the special equipment and program needs of DCMH. “It’s a program that has triple benefit: it’s a beautiful display each spring, the person or event can be remembered, and the funding helps benefit the health and wellness of the community.”
Contributions can be made throughout the year, at the Foundation’s Hospital office or online at http://dcmh.net/Daffodil. Bulbs need to be planted in the fall, so any contributions collected after October will be included in the next year’s order. Those honored may also receive additional recognition through interior plaques and an engraved exterior stone, depending on the contribution level. “It’s a great way of showing admiration and appreciation,” added Robbins, “and the funds will stay local and impact the local community.” Speaking on behalf of the Foundation Board, he expressed thanks to all who helped with this year’s campaign, especially the Homemakers, as well as to all those who contributed outright and to honor others.
The Hospital Foundation Board includes President, Cleo Duncan, Vice-President, Susan Burkhart, Secretary, Nancy Sheffer, Treasurer, Guy Folkman and Board members Daryl Smith, George Reiger, Cris Reynolds, Mary Sue McGinn, Dr. Mary McCullough and DCMH CEO Linda Simmons.
In upcoming events, next year’s 7th Annual Gala "South Pacific Sunset” will be held on Friday, April 11th at the Columbus Commons in Columbus, IN. For more information, check out www.dcmh.net/gala or call the Hospital Foundation at 663-1220.
Hospital Foundation funds health programs
(November 7, 2013)
DCMH has welcomed three new visiting pulmonologists to its campus including Dr. Aaron Bruns, Dr. Michael Snyder & Dr. Mohammad Tariq. Here at Decatur County Memorial Hospital, our new team of pulmonary doctors provide quality care for all patients with pulmonary disease and can help provide services for lung and respiratory system conditions, including: Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, lung infections, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary rehabilitation, sleep disorders and more. DCMH’s new visiting pulmonologists are accepting patients immediately. Call (812) 663-1311 for more information or to schedule your appointment today.
Collection Associates Help Fight Breast Cancer
(November 14, 2013)
The employees of Collection Associates helped the community fight Breast Cancer this past week when they contributed over $500 to the Hospital Foundation to help fund Decatur County Memorial Hospital’s Mammography Assistance Program. The funds were raised through “jeans passes,” raffles, and more during October to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The group chose a local recipient in the Hospital’s assistance program, which helps fund screenings for uninsured or under-insured patients that meet income qualifications. “Our employees have some of the most generous hearts I know” shared Phyllis Quiroz, HR Manager for the firm, “With a great majority of women in our office, the subject has a special significance.” Michelle Roth, Operations Manager for CAI also related: “It’s a cause that has touched everyone in some way, be it a mother, sister, or friend—and our employees understand that impact.” The American Cancer Society recommends that women get yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and that they continue for as long as the woman is in good health. The ladies from CAI enjoyed a quick tour of the Hospitals newly-renovated mammography suite, which provides greater comfort and privacy for patients, as well as the new mammogram system purchased in early 2013. Carol Blasdel related the Hospital’s thanks: “We’re very thankful to the employees and everyone out at Collection Associates. This year we haven’t received as much funding for the Assistance Program as in years past, and it’s so wonderful to see the community respond like they do.” Director of the Hospital Foundation Bryan Robbins also concurred: “Collection Associates has long been a supporter of the Hospital Foundation, and this is simply another case of a local business and its employees giving locally to help meet a community need. It’s pretty special.”
Women interested in scheduling a mammogram can call the Decatur County Memorial Hospital at (812) 663-1156.
Picture (L to R) Diane McKinney, VP of Patient Care DCMH; Bryan Robbins, Director of the Dec. Co. Hospital Foundation; Carol Balsdel, Radiology Supervisor DCMH; Phyllis Quiroz, Human Resource Manager, CAI; Michelle Roth, Operations Manager, CAI; Kim Crist, Collections Manager,CAI; Linda Simmons, CEO, DCMH: Jessica Gilliam, Client Services Manager, CAI
Hospital Foundation funds health programs
(November 7, 2013)
GREENSBURG — Selected programs at Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) received a total $17,560 in grants from the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County to expand services for the community.
The funds are raised by the Hospital Foundation through the daffodil project, special events such as the Gala and Golf Outing, individual donations, and bequests.
Programs receiving funding this round include:
The Workwell Occupational Health Services received $3785 to fund supplies for multiple healthfairs throughout the community. The funds will be used to pay for screening supplies commonly requested for these events, including glucose and cholesterol screenings for attendees.
A $5000 award was given to the Infection Prevention Department of the Hospital, to help cover the costs of Flu vaccinations for the community. With an escalation of Flu-related cases reported last year, the Hospital has been especially proactive in providing flu shots this year—vaccinating over 3,000 residents through numerous flu clinics throughout the county. Each year the Hospital provides free Flu vaccinations to anyone in the county wanting protection from the influenza virus.
A $5000 grant was made to the Decatur County Memorial Hospital Mammography Assistance Program which provides breast care for Decatur County and surrounding area residents who either have no health insurance or are underinsured, and fall within the financial guidelines set forth by the Hospital. Those who qualify will receive much needed access to screening mammograms, as well as diagnostic mammograms and additional radiological studies when necessary.
The Dietary Department received funds in the amount of $2675 to purchase two laptops. The dietitian’s laptop computer will be used for the LiveWELL program, which uses BodyMedia technology to gain calorie information via an armband worn by the patient. The program also involves the dietitian meeting with each participant 1:1 every other week during the 10 week session. The other laptop computer will be used by the diet aide in making rounds with each patient, recording changes to a patient’s menu immediately rather than having to return to the kitchen. Both purchases will help Hospital patients receive their proper dietary needs, in an expedited manner.
Finally, $1100 was awarded to the Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services for the purchase of two iPads and accessories, to be used with patients who have problems as the result of brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, brain tumors, and/or developmental delay due to a variety of diagnoses. The iPads will help to address finger isolation and using both arms/hands, sequencing events, problem solving, visual motor and perceptual skills, memory recall, social interaction, right and left discrimination, motor planning, cause and effect, handwriting, and sensory stimulation. iPads will also serve as a helpful tool for distraction and/or motivation, especially with children, during undesirable or difficult activities being requested in therapy sessions.
According to Bryan Robbins, Director of the Hospital Foundation, “This round’s projects addressed both important community health needs and helped to expand and refine the quality care our Hospital provides. They all emphasize the Hospital’s purpose of community wellness, and the different means of meeting that objective. We keep top-notch technology in our facilities, and reach beyond the various campuses to serve the entire community, without regard for demographics.
The Hospital Foundation enables these advancements and outreach, and our donors can be proud that they are helping the overall health of the community.
The Hospital Foundation Board includes President, Cleo Duncan, Vice-President, Susan Burkhart, Secretary, Nancy Sheffer, Treasurer, Guy Folkman and Board members Daryl Smith, George Reiger, Mary Sue McGinn, Dr. Mary McCullough and DCMH CEO Linda Simmons.In upcoming events, next year’s 7th Annual Gala “South Pacific Sunset” will be held Friday, April 11th at the Columbus Commons in Columbus.For more information, check out www.dcmh.net/gala or call the Hospital Foundation at 663-1220.
DCMH Facilitates community education through Boy Scout Workshop
(October 29, 2013)
Using Decatur County Memorial Hospital’s simulation mannequin, available for all types of community education, local Boy Scout troops participated in a day-long “First Aid and Medical Emergency” workshop led by Chris Kachur, a Senior Shift Medic for Decatur County EMS. The workshop took place Oct. 19, allowing Boy Scouts to develop and master everyday first aid and emergency skills.
In this interactive workshop, the Boy Scouts were able to perform hands-on learning using the same equipment hospitals and first-responders use. They practiced what to do in several emergency situations, including chest pain, heart attack, diabetes and allergic reactions. Plus, they learned other skills like proper bandaging, splinting, CPR and more.
With the help of the DCMH Simulation Lab equipment and the expertise of hospital and first-responder staff, the Boy Scouts learned key skills and techniques and earned a badge doing so. This equipment is available for use to other community services and programs. Speakers and educators are also available upon request for any organization interested in educating their group on a healthcare-related topic. Decatur County Memorial Hospital is pleased to give back to the community. For more information or to find out how to take advantage of an opportunity like the Boy Scouts did, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (812) 663-1228.
DCMH Opens New Med/Surg Unit
(August 29, 2013)
The latest addition to Decatur County Memorial Hospital is finally complete! Construction that broke ground in August 2012 has now come to a close and the hospital is happy to announce that the new medical/surgical unit will be open September 10th for patient care!
The third floor addition consists of large, all private patient rooms which ensure both patient and visitor comfort. For added convenience, all rooms have full, private bathrooms and are furnished to allow families of patients to stay with their loved-one during their stay. Along with patient rooms, this floor is also home to an accommodating bariatric room with specialized patient equipment, as well as, our new Advanced Care Unit (ACU) featuring glass panel doors to enable ease of observation from the nurses’ station located just across the hall. Furthermore, the open-concept floor plan assures that no patient feels isolated or forgotten during their time at DCMH. A family waiting area also guarantees more comfortable visits when staff is treating the patient and the main nurses’ station is centrally located enabling our staff to help visitors easily find their loved one’s room and answer any questions they may have.
DCMH is hosting a public open house on Sunday, September 1st from 2- 4pm for all of the community to get a sneak peak at the latest expansion project. The open house is open to all and will include an open tour and snacks as we celebrate the opening of the new unit.
Robbins Named Hospital Foundation Director
(June 6, 2013)
The Hospital Foundation of Decatur County has announced the selection of Bryan Robbins as its new Director. In his new position Robbins will be working to support the healthcare initiatives of, and develop funding for, Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH.)
According to Hospital Foundation Board President Cleo Duncan, “We are so pleased to have Bryan join our Hospital Foundation and share his passion for our community and ultimately our Hospital. He brings a wealth of not-for-profit experience and an appreciation for the role our Hospital plays in the vitality of our county.
DCMH President and CEO Linda Simmons commented, “Bryan has very capably and professionally demonstrated his ability to lead, collaborate and develop funding for unique projects. We look forward to him using those talents for the advancement of our organization.”
When asked about the new position Robbins stated, “I look forward to working with the Hospital Foundation Board and the Hospital to help promote and expand DCMH services, while solidifying its position as a building block for the community’s development.”
Robbins fills the vacancy left when David Fry was named VP of Operations for DCMH. Fry held the position since 2005 and, despite the Hospital Foundation being founded in 1992, was its first Director.
Robbins is a Decatur County native and has a Bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College and a Masters from the State University of New York at Albany. He is a certified Grant Administrator for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and a Certified LPA Project Coordinator. Robbins currently serves as President of the Economic Development Corporation of Greensburg/Decatur County and the Historical Society of Decatur County. He is immediate past president, and serves on the board of the Arts & Cultural Council. He also serves on the board of the Decatur County Family YMCA, is a member of Rotary International and has been involved in multiple other community initiatives including the Greensburg/Decatur County Multi-use Path Committee. He was named Business Leader of the Year in 2011 by the Greensburg-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce. Robbins, his wife Jennifer, and daughter, Dot, reside in Greensburg.
Hospital Foundation Stages Successful Gala
(April 15, 2013)
More than 400 people attended the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County’s gala event on Friday evening held at The Commons at Columbus. With a theme of “Tuscany at Twilight” the event featured a variety of entertainment, and seemed to fit the advanced billing of “the social event of the season.” The gala raised over $47,000 in support of future grants to be awarded to Decatur County Memorial Hospital by the Hospital Foundation.
“The attendance at the event represented a 10% increase over last and speaks to the growing support that exists for our Foundation, the Hospital and its important work in our community,” said Hospital Foundation Director David Fry. “We also attribute the event’s success to its diverse offerings, providing a unique alternative to others.” As the area’s only black-tie optional event, the gala featured a variety of entertainment and activity, including an a capella group, “The Cheezies” from Miami University, Lion Fludd, a strolling magician from Louisville, Dave Wierhake, accordionist and contests such as Vinko, Drop the Cork and a “Pick of the Vine” activity. In addition, the silent auction featured dozens of items. One section, “Tuscan Treasures” featured creatively decorated wine bottles submitted by Hospital departments and offered for sale. The night’s only live auction item drew a $2,000 final bid. The “Pirate Pride Package” included a number of unique items relating to the Greensburg Pirates State Championship run.
Fry thanked those area businesses who stepped up to sponsor the event in a major way. Included were the event’s Gold Sponsor – Aspen Place Health Campus, Silver Sponsor- Hickory Creek at Greensburg and Bronze Sponsors – Arbor Grove Village, MainSource Bank, Enneking Auto Body, Pepper Construction, Barnes & Thornburg, Wooden & McLaughlin, ETC and Fifth Third Bank. The event steering committee was chaired by Nancy Sheffer and included, Ana Alunday, Lori Hunter, Cindy McCamment, Carol Geise, Erin Allen, Jean Long, Bryan Robbins, Jim Hobbs III, Holly Cole, Cheryl Johnson, Jeanine Scheidler, Alex Henkle, Sarah Jordan, Shannon Allgeier, Betty Zillick and Vicki Rudolf. Fry stated the gala steering committee will be meeting on Thursday to evaluate this year’s offering and begin initial planning for a potential event to be held on Friday, April 11, 2014. Anyone interested in giving input is encouraged to contact Fry at 663-1220 or one of the committee members.
New Local Option for Adolescent Disorders
(February 18, 2013)
Adolescents with psychiatric and substance use disorders can now benefit from an expansion of service at Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) in Greensburg. The Hospital’s telemedicine connection allows DCMH to offer this vital service to the community and is one of only four sites around Indiana to do so.
The Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions deemed the areas to be underserved and as a result of a partnership with Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, the expansion of service is possible. The Adolescent Dual Diagnosis Clinic (ADDC) at Riley Hospital will provide treatment to adolescents (10 to 18 years old) through the DCMH partnership in the Greensburg/Decatur County area. The program offers individualized, outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment to adolescents with co-occurring behavioral health and substance use disorders. The intervention, known as the ENCOMPASS program, is an evidence based treatment which integrates individual cognitive behavior therapy, family therapy, medication treatment, and a contingency management program to reduce drug use and improve overall functioning.
According to DCMH VP of Patient Care, Diane McKinney, the program could fill a void which exists in the community. “We are pleased to offer a much needed service locally which fits well within our mission of advancing the health and wellness of our community,” McKinney said. “Substance use disorders impair the patient’s social, academic and family life, which ultimately can impact our entire community.” The site utilized at DCMH will interact with therapists at Riley Hospital using two way video and internet services. Initial evaluation will take place in Indianapolis but the remainder of the 16-week program will be completed at DCMH. A physician referral is not needed. Questions regarding the program may be directed to the intake number at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis at 317-944-8162, selecting option 1 or by contacting DCMH at 663-1311 or 663-1163.
More information on Decatur County Memorial Hospital and its services may be found by visiting the website at www.dcmh.net or www.facebook.com/dcmhgreensburg.
DCMH Joins Health Information Exchange
(February 11, 2013)
Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH,) has completed its connection to the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), a network of more than 25,000 physicians and 90 hospitals throughout Indiana. The connection with the statewide health IT network serves to coordinate care and improve patient outcomes.
As part of the nation’s most advanced health information exchange technology platform, DCMH connects to IHIE through the Indiana Network for Patient Care™ (INPC). The INPC is comprised of hospitals, long term care facilities and other healthcare providers throughout the state and allows physicians to securely access necessary information to make decisions critical to patient care.
“This DCMH and IHIE association will provide timely, accurate access to patient health information, when patients from hospitals and providers throughout the state arrive at DCMH,” according to Christy Norton, RHIT, Director of Health Information Management at DCMH. “It’s exciting to have played an integral part in rolling out this partnership and now knowing our rural location is less of an issue as we continue to participate in opportunities like this.”
Connecting to the INPC makes clinical results available to other providers in their patient’s continuum of care. Structured access to the secure information is available to healthcare facilities participating in the INPC. Making results accessible in this manner reduces the time a provider and their patient is waiting for results, and can potentially reduce the need to re-test.
For example: Decatur County Memorial Hospital performs labs and a CT scan on a pediatric patient. That patient is then referred to a specialist at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis where they have never been a patient. By accessing INPC, the healthcare providers delivering treatment will have access to the lab results and radiology report that was performed earlier by DCMH without any delay or administrative burden. This enhances the quality and efficiency of care while reducing the likelihood of redundant testing and imaging.
“We are pleased to welcome Decatur County Memorial to the INPC platform. By connecting to the INPC, they will deliver and receive critical patient information when and where it is needed most,” said Jane Niederberger, Chief Operating Officer for IHIE. “We congratulate Decatur County Memorial for their commitment to improving patient outcomes.”
The INPC handles approximately three million secure transactions of data daily, including, laboratory test results, medication and treatment histories, and other clinically relevant information in a standardized, electronic format. This benefits patients by enabling their doctors to choose optimal therapies and avoid drug-drug interactions, among other life-saving and efficiency-generating efforts. The Regenstrief Institute, an internationally-recognized medical informatics and research organization, developed and launched the INPC in 1995.
Foundation Launches Campaign
(January 3, 2013)
The Hospital Foundation of Decatur County announced a goal of $1.25 million as it launched the public phase of its “Reach” capital campaign on Thursday, 1-3-13. The campaign will primarily support a new cancer care center located in a new medical office building constructed as part of the second phase of a building project on campus.
According to Hospital Foundation Director David Fry, the campaign has exceeded $717,000 raised in the silent phase of their efforts. “We’re asking the community to reach out to others and reach deeper in their giving. Our largest gift to date has been a $100,000 commitment from First Federal Savings and Loan in Greensburg. Several gifts of $25,000 and more have been made to name rooms in the new medical/surgical unit which is currently under construction.”
Reach Campaign Chair Paul Pank commented “the original goal was $1.0 million but the need is much greater so we’ve increased that to $1.25 million. I really hope we can announce with four months that we have raised $1.5 million or more.” Pank leads a campaign team that will be making personal contacts with businesses and individuals in generating gifts.
Those interested in learning more about the Reach campaign may visit the campaign website at www.dcmh.net/campaign or phone the Hospital Foundation office at (812) 663-1220. The campaign video is available at the site as well as www.youtube.com/dcmhgreensburg.
DCMH Breaks Ground
(August 7, 2012)
Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) in Greensburg broke ground this week on an $8 million vertical expansion while celebrating the Hospital’s 90th birthday with the Greensburg/Decatur County community. The original hospital facility opened in 1922 as a memorial to those from the County who had served in World War I and the Hospital has seen multiple expansions over the years.
The latest improvement will add two floors, including a new medical/surgical unit on the new third floor, which will feature all private rooms and serve as a replacement for the existing first floor unit. The construction will take place above the Women’s Center and Emergency Department which was constructed in 2004. The fourth floor of the new two-story addition will be shelled out for future service growth.
Decatur County Memorial Hospital CEO, Linda Simmons stated “With this state of the art unit we look forward to providing enhanced services to the community and improving the privacy and comfort of our patients. As our community grows we continue to respond to its needs as well as the changing dynamics of healthcare.”
A second phase to the project would see a new medical office building constructed with additional space for visiting specialists, a new cancer care unit and physical therapy. The Hospital Foundation of Decatur County will be conducting a campaign to raise over $1,000,000 to assist with the projects. More information on the effort is available at www.dcmh.net/campaign.
The opportunity to name patient rooms in the new medical-surgical unit was announced earlier this year and the Hospital Foundation made its own room naming commitment in March. Rooms may be named for families, organizations, or businesses for a multi-year gift of $5,000 annually for five years, or a lump sum of $25,000.
Annual Meeting & Building Project Announced
(March 1, 2012)
The annual meeting of the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County was appropriately held on leap day and featured major “leaps” for the Hospital Foundation and DCMH, including the announcement of a new building project, election of board members and special recognitions.
Hospital Foundation Director, David Fry, recalling Erma Bombeck’s “So Long Volunteer” challenged the group to think of the community not only without volunteers but “without donors, without the Hospital Foundation, without the Hospital. After 90 years of caring for this community the mere existence of a facility like ours is easily taken for granted” Fry said. “Yet a community literally depends on reliable healthcare, emergency services, and programs such as diagnostic services, wound healing and child birth. The economic impact of our facility is well documented but the impact on the lives of community residents is less so. Like the person at the Fair who returned to thank us for taking blood pressures because, after seeing the doctor the next morning, they found they were near stroke level. We impacted the person who had a cardiac scoring exam and found a need to have a stent with no other visible signs or symptoms. We impacted the seriously injured person stabilized at the accident scene. Each day lives are impacted by DCMH but it couldn’t happen without the support of donors, like those to the Hospital Foundation, who enable past, present and future services to be delivered.”
Fry walked those in attendance through the annual report and highlighted specific programs and efforts. DCMH Department Directors, Marcus Allen and Connie Million, highlighted their projects that had received Hospital Foundation funding. Another major project in 2011 was the development of the healing garden in memory of long-time Hospital supporter Del Moeller. He also focused on projects like the upcoming gala event on April 13 and the daffodil program recognizing major sponsors.
Focusing on the future and another giant leap, Fry introduced DCMH President & CEO, Linda Simmons. Simmons shared a new two-phase building project with those in attendance that will see two new floors added to the Hospital’s most recent addition and OB unit which opened in 2005. The third floor of this vertical expansion will house a new medical-surgical unit and advanced care unit. The proposed second phase of the project would see a new medical office building constructed in front of the original Hospital and contain oncology, physical therapy and a space for visiting specialists.
Fry then announced that 20 of the rooms in the new medical surgical unit will be available for adoption by area businesses, families and organizations. “With as little as a $5,000 gift per year for five years or a $25,000 lump sum gift of cash or assets – a permanent plaque will be placed in the room and on a centralized lobby recognition plaque.”
Wrapping up the meeting, Susan Doerflinger Burkhart was elected to a first-term on the Hospital Foundation Board with Nancy Sheffer and Daryl Smith being elected to their second terms. Outgoing President Linda Volk was recognized by President –elect Cleo Duncan for her six years of service on the Board and serving the last two years as President.
More information about the Hospital Foundation and its activities may be found at www.dcmh.net/foundation or www.facebook.com/dcmhfoundation. Funds raised by the Hospital Foundation support the work at DCMH throughout the year and interested donors may contact the Hospital Foundation at (812) 663-1220.
DCMH Has Economic Impact
(February 8, 2012)
Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) began serving the community 90 years ago on February 4, 1922, and has long been recognized as the leading healthcare provider in the County. However, with the help of information and multipliers provided by the Indiana Hospital Association, the direct and indirect impacts of Decatur County Memorial Hospital were able to be quantified. The recent report served to recognize the economic influence our local Hospital has in the community and beyond.
According to David Fry, Director of Community Relations at DCMH, “The statistical information not only reinforces the significant role of our Hospital in the County and identifies the direct involvement of the Hospital in the local economy. It demonstrates the ‘ripple’ effect of the dollars the healthcare sector brings into the community and the jobs it helps create. In addition, it illustrates the benefit the Hospital provides for a safe, stable, and healthy community.” Fry explained that due to the nature of the data, report information has a 12-month compilation delay.
For 2010, the estimated total annual economic impact of the Hospital was estimated at $74,850,000. DCMH employed 480 healthcare professionals making it one of the five largest employers in the County, with a total payroll of $25,114,000. These expenditures serve as an important economic stimulus by creating supporting jobs throughout the local and state economies. Dollars earned by Hospital employees are spent on groceries, clothing, mortgage payments, rents and more, generating approximately $41,076,000 in economic activity and creating an additional 216 jobs for the local economy.
Decatur County Memorial Hospital spends about $17,681,160 per year on the goods and services it needs to provide healthcare—for example, medical supplies, electricity for its buildings, and food for patients. These funds flow from the Hospital to vendors and businesses which ripple throughout the economy. With the multiplier calculations taken into account, dollars spent by Decatur County Memorial Hospital generate approximately $28,919,000 for the area’s economy.
DCMH also provides vital health services to the County and in 2010 highlighted the following statistics:
| Inpatient Visits
| Outpatient Visits
| ER Vists
| NewBorn Deliveries
| Lab Tests
| Home Health Visits
Fry stated, “Hospitals are a vital component in a community’s quality of life, keeping it healthy and vibrant. Beyond the contributions to the County’s health and economic well-being, the local Hospital is a key to attracting new businesses and residents. It is critical to those seeking a new community that the area has high quality healthcare providers and services and we’ve seen this demonstrated time and again in questions that these prospects ask.”
DCMH is celebrating its 90 years of caring in 2012 and the public is invited to interact with the Hospital by sharing their stories at www.dcmh.net/90. More information on Decatur County Memorial Hospital and its services may be found by visiting the website at www.dcmh.net or www.facebook.com/dcmhgreensburg.
DCMH Named One of Top 20
Greensburg and Decatur County can now boast of being home to one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the country. Decatur County Memorial Hospital was recently named to the prestigious Top 20 list, further clarifying its earlier notification of Top 100 status.
The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH), scored best among critical access hospitals (CAHs) on the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index™. In the first-ever comprehensive rating of CAHs, one of the results categories recognized the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals that are the safety net to communities across America – measuring them across 56 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, affordability and efficiency. More information regarding the index can be found at www.HospitalStrengthIndex.com.
“We have an excellent staff and capable physicians who have enabled us to receive this recognition,” stated Linda Simmons, DCMH President & CEO. “Being one of the elite, Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the Country is something of which our entire community can be proud. The comprehensive nature of the ranking only adds to our satisfaction. “
According to information from the Rural Assistance Center there are 1,327 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States and 35 of them are located in Indiana. Legislation enacted as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 authorized states to establish programs under which certain facilities participating in Medicare can become Critical Access Hospitals, (CAHs.)
“Rural hospitals play such a critical role in providing needed care to communities across America. The challenges are completely different, yet as complex as urban hospitals. The need for benchmarks and a framework for success are equally important as hospitals brace for the impact of health reform,” said John Morrow, EVP of iVantage Health Analytics.
Decatur County Memorial Hospital will celebrate 90 years of caring in 2012, having opened on February 4, 1922. More information about the Hospital and its services may be obtained at www.dcmh.net.
DCMH Named in Top 100
(September 30, 2011)
Pride in one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States can now be added to the list of community assets for local economic development officials and community residents. Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) received word this week it has been recognized on the prestigious Top 100 list which analyzed a wide variety of measures.
The Hospital Strength Index (HSI) was developed by iVantage Health Analytics, and provided the basis for the CAH Ranking of the Top 100. This new ranking system is based on data that is publicly-available and includes 56 various measures. The ranking is unique since it is the first to include market, quality, safety, satisfaction and financial information and bring it together in a consolidated score.
The names of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in America were announced earlier this week at the Critical Access Hospital Conference of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) held in Kansas City, Missouri. A new NRHA partnership with iVantage was also announced at the conference.
DCMH CEO Linda Simmons stated “the broad based nature of the ranking is certainly important, but the fact that we were in the top quartile of the Hospital Strength Index™ and awarded a HealthStrong™ “Best in Strength” and “Top 20 CAH” Award adds to our satisfaction. We have an excellent staff and capable physicians that are at the heart of our ability to receive such recognition.”
Legislation enacted as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 authorized states to establish programs under which certain facilities participating in Medicare can become Critical Access Hospitals, (CAHs.) According to information from the Rural Assistance Center there are 1,327 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States and 35 of them are located in Indiana. DCMH was one of only four from the State to make the Top 100 list.
Decatur County Memorial Hospital will celebrate 90 years of serving the community in 2012. More information regarding the Hospital and its programs may be found at www.dcmh.net or www.facebook.com/dcmhgreensburg.
Physician Recruitment Seeks to Go Viral
(September 1, 2011)
The challenge of physician recruitment in rural areas is not a new one, but with healthcare reform and an aging population, the topic has been in the national spotlight in recent months. Now, Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) in Greensburg is using a worldwide stage and the reach of technology in its recruitment efforts, including a YouTube posting.
“The Chair of our Board of Trustees, Toni Collins, suggested that we might follow Ryan Stone, while completing a rotation at DCMH as part of his medical curriculum, and use the video as a marketing tool for other prospective physicians,” stated Linda Simmons, President & CEO at DCMH. “As a result, our marketing department developed a script identifying the unique qualities of our Hospital to attract young physicians. A professional shoot was conducted with Ryan, and the recently completed video has been posted on YouTube.”
According to David Fry, Director of Community Relations at DCMH, the video has a theme of “Big City Medicine, Small Town Care,” and highlights the aspects of a rural facility that medical students might find surprising. “Most would not expect to find a hospital in a smaller community was the first in Indiana to offer OB smartphone physician monitoring and the only one to do so along with a 128-slice low-dose CT scanner, offering a telehealth program, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and a simulation lab. We wanted to dispel any misconceptions students may have about the technology offered in a smaller facility. We also wanted our target to understand the unique role hospitals such as ours play in the community environment verses the metropolitan counterparts.” The Hospital plans to distribute the video in other forms as well.
Simmons acknowledged that in a CNN article last year Dr. Howard Rabinowitz, professor of family and community medicine at Thomas Jefferson University's Medical College said, “The shortage of rural physicians is a "huge problem,"
"About 20% of the population lives in rural areas but only 9% of physicians practice there," said Rabinowitz, who has studied the issue for more than 30 years. He cited a variety of reasons related to insurance, rising business costs and others.
Simmons stated the statistics only emphasized the need for new angles and to convey the values of rural opportunities and facilities. "While the Hospital’s video can answer many questions that prospective physicians might have it is only a small piece of our ongoing recruitment efforts. We are always actively talking with persons interested in pursuing careers as physicians and seeking mutually beneficial partnerships. By taking a closer look, potential candidates will realize they can have the best of both worlds at DCMH by sharing traditional values blended with state-of-the-art technology, and a convenient location midway between metropolitan areas.”
The video can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/DCMHgreensburg. Questions regarding physician opportunities with Decatur County Memorial Hospital may be directed to Linda Simmons at (812) 663-4331 or www.dcmh.net/recruitment. The Hospital’s social networking site is available at www.facebook.com/dcmhgreensburg.
DCMH Receives Funding...
(August 8, 2011)
The program at DCMH is targeted to provide the screening mammograms for those patients who are scheduled through the Community Health Clinic.
Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) has received funding to provide 23 digital screening mammograms (includes technical and professional fees) from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, Inc. The Trust receives funding through the sale of Breast Cancer Awareness license plates through the BMV. The mission of the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust is to increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screenings and diagnosis throughout Indiana. Since this program’s inception, over 8,500 women have received screening mammograms in Indiana.
DCMH Leaders Honored at State Level
(June 9, 2011)
Two leaders at Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) were presented major awards at the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) conference in Indianapolis earlier this week. Chief of Staff, Dr. Purnendu Datte and VP of Quality and Compliance, Marjorie Willer, R.N. were both recognized for achievements in their respective areas.
Dr. Purnendu Datta was named a winner of the prestigious Doc Hollywood award by the IRHA. The award recognizes Indiana physicians who have shown outstanding dedication toward improving healthcare in rural and underserved communities and receives its name from the book, Doc Hollywood, by Neil Shulman, M.D. Dr. Shulman was known as the original Doc Hollywood and his book was made into a major motion picture starring Michael J. Fox in 1991.
Dr. Datta has been a member of the DCMH medical staff for 30 years and has served twice as the Chief of Staff, once in 1992-93 as well as currently serving in that capacity. He and his wife Ranjana, along with their children have called Greensburg their home. He owns and operates a private medical practice here and has been an active community member for many years.
In her nomination, Denise Fields, DCMH PharmD, stated “Dr. Datta is a true humanitarian. He performs selfless acts of kindness for his patients, his staff and his colleagues without wanting any attention or notoriety. He merely does kind things for others because ‘it is the right thing to do.’ You won’t find newspaper articles heralding his actions because many he performs in an anonymous fashion.” Fields went on to note a number of instances where Dr. Datta went above and beyond to extend a helping hand to a person in need.
“Luckily for this community, this type of care is the norm with Dr. Datta. He constantly considers his patient’s financial and emotional well being while treating their medical conditions. He cares for the whole patient, and he does not restrict his focus only to physical symptoms and lab results,” Fields commented. “To keep up to date with current medical practice, (so that he can best serve his patients,) Dr. Datta gets up at 4:00 a.m. and reads medical literature for two hours each and every day before coming to the hospital to see patients.”
Fields’ nomination continued, “Dr. Datta represents a caliber of physician that unfortunately is fading into the history books. He has devoted his life to his patients and to the community. It will truly take three or more physicians of the younger generations to replace the work horse that is Dr. Datta. He doesn’t ask to restrict his hours to 40 hours per week or less and he doesn’t look for ways to reduce his amount of call time.”
“Dr. Datta is a physician that comes from a generation that understood and accepted the level of commitment and sacrifice required of being a rural community physician,” Fields added. “Although he would not expect or solicit recognition or gratitude for all of the work and time he has devoted to his patients, his community and to DCMH, he is oh so deserving.”
Dr. Datta is the second physician practicing at DCMH to receive the Doc Hollywood Award, with Dr. Mary McCuollough recognized in
Marjorie Willer, RN, VP of Quality and Compliance at DCMH was presented with the Indiana Rural Health Association’s Leadership Award. The award recognizes those that “have demonstrated an ability to guide and motivate in a direction that contributes to the betterment of rural health in Indiana. An awardee has shown an exemplary ability to lead in a positive manner and direction to ensure better health outcomes for our rural citizens.”
Marjorie (Marj) Willer, RN, was hired in 1980 as the Assistant Director of Nursing. She came to DCMH with nearly 30 years experience in nursing, taking off only a brief stint to be a home maker, while her four children were young. Marj has held various other positions during her tenure here at DCMH including Director of Nursing, VP of Patient Care, Corporate Compliance Officer and VP of Quality and Compliance.
Denise Fields, DCMH PharmD, nominated Willer for the prestigious award saying, “Marj exudes a quiet confidence and she is honest and open in her interactions. She is not afraid to go against popular opinion in order to do what is right and just, which makes her the perfect candidate to be a Corporate Compliance Officer. Although Marj is not confrontational, she will not compromise her own values and beliefs when negotiating with physicians, administration, the board, etc.” Fields went on to state that, “It would be very easy for Marj to state ‘that is what the regulation says, so we must do it,’ but that is not her style. Marj will educate you on why the change is necessary and leave you understanding that it really is the best thing to do for our patients.”
Fields also stated that she found inspiration in Marj’s signature line in her email which states “Compliance is like Ethics – Doing what is right when nobody is looking!” “This signature line so embodies our Marj……what she is about……..the legacy she will leave behind in retirement some day.” Fields said.
Both awardees were recognized earlier by the DCMH Board of Trustees.
Storm Damage Widespread
(May 26, 2011)
Storm damage in the Greensburg-Decatur County Area is widespread but the Hospital is operating without restrictions and no direct impact on the facility. In other areas of our community there are numerous power outages, downed trees, major hail damage to roofs, siding and many other inconveniences exist. Schools were delayed by two hours this morning but forecasts are for improving weather conditions over the next two days.
Hospital Auxiliary Presents Check For Projects
(May 24, 2011)
The Auxiliary of Decatur County Memorial Hospital provides a valuable service through their volunteer efforts at the facility. Today however, they also demonstrated their commitment to helping raise funds for our local Hospital.
Kathy Whitmore, Auxiliary President, and Glenda Porter, Gift Shop Liaison, presented a check to DCMH Leadership and representatives of those departments that will stand to benefit from the contribution. The check totaled $13,500.
The funds will be used to support the following projects:
$4,500 to support a new vital signs machine in the OB Department.
$1,500 will purchase benches to provide rest in the new healing garden.
$7,500 towards a new “unweighting” system for the Physical Therapy Department.
These funds are earned through special sales conducted throughout the year by the Auxiliary. These include Uniform Sales, Book Sales, Accessory Sales and others. In addition, profits from the Auxiliary Gift Shop located at DCMH support gifts to the Hospital.
The volunteers at DCMH provide a variety of services centered around the information desk, transport desk and gift shop with new programs being investigated. Additional volunteers are needed to help advance the programs and services of the Auxiliary, while extending assistance to those utilizing our Hospital. Those interested in obtaining more information about serving as a volunteer are encouraged to contact Vicki Rudolf, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, at 663-1127. Interested persons can also download the volunteer application from www.dcmh.net.
Lab Receives Accreditation
(May 1, 2011)
The Laboratory at Decatur County Memorial Hospital was recently awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.
The laboratory’s director, Jugnoo Husain, M.D., was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Decatur County Memorial Hospital’s Lab is one of more that 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960’s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program.
During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, as well as the laboratory’s equipment, facilities, safety program and record, in addition to the overall management of the laboratory. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients.
CEO Transition Underway
(March 24, 2011)
History was made on Thursday at Decatur County Memorial Hospital as both the incoming and retiring CEO were in attendance at the Board of Trustees meeting.
Current CEO Bill Alloy, announced his retirement last summer, scheduled for April 1, of 2011. His announcement resulted in the Board of Trustees embarking on a nationwide search that began last fall and culminated in early February. It was then that the Board announced the hiring of Linda V. Simmons as the new CEO for Decatur County Memorial Hospital and her employment began Thursday.
Alloy has served as CEO at DCMH since October of 2005. During his period of service a number of initiatives have been undertaken, including providing leadership to numerous Hospital projects including strategic and master site planning, focusing on quality, developing new patient services and physician specialties, enhancing employee programs and improving operating efficiencies among other important initiatives.
Simmons has most recently served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (MHSC) in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She had also served as CEO at the Kindred Hospital Walnut Hill in Dallas, Texas, and Chief Operating Officer at the Kindred Hospital-Arlington in Arlington, Texas. Simmons’ accomplishments in her career include among others, serving as Director of Critical Care Services, Clinical Manager of the ICU/Dialysis/Telemetry Services and working as an ICU Staff/Charge Nurse. Her educational attainments include a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND, and a Master of Science in Nursing, with a Healthcare Administration focus, from Baylor University. She also possesses a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Messiah College.
“The Board of Trustees wants to thank Bill for his leadership during these tough economic times, especially surrounding issues relating to human resources, accountability, physician relations, and the conversion of the Hospital to Critical Access status,” commented Toni Collins, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “In looking to the future, our Hospital, medical staff, employees, and community are fortunate to have attracted a CEO of Linda’s caliber for his replacement. Her unique blend of clinical, organizational and operational experience is certain to serve our facility and its patients well.”
Travel Clinic Now Open
(March 4, 2011)
Students studying abroad, business executives, vacationers and travelers visiting friends and relatives in foreign countries often do not receive any pre-travel care or immunizations. On March 1, Workwell Occupational Health, a division of Decatur County Memorial Hospital, launched a travel clinic to serve the travel advice and immunization needs of these international travelers.
Partnering with Travel Clinics of America, Noel P. Mungcal, M.D., a family physician for 14 years, is providing the traveling public with state-of-the art medical care in travel medicine. Travelers headed abroad need pre-travel counseling and immunizations to stay safe and healthy. They also need to be educated on food and beverage safety, jet lag, finding medical care abroad, malaria prevention, accident and injury avoidance, crime risks and safety issues specific to particular destinations.
Dr. Mungcal has obtained additional training in travel medicine and is certified to administer the yellow fever vaccine with all other travel vaccines being available. As a service of the clinic, travelers will receive face to face counseling and receive pamphlets and other important information to take on their trips. Dr. Mungcal and his staff will be available for consultations on relatively short notice, when necessary.
Workwell Occupational Health is now seeing patients for its travel clinic and they can be reached at (812) 662-6450.
Pharmacy Receives Notice of Recogntion
(February 24, 2011)
Pharmacy OneSource, Inc., a “software as a service” provider to over 1,300 hospitals in the United States, announced that Decatur County Memorial Hospital won the 2010 Pharmacist Intervention Challenge with the most interventions per hospital bed.
"Many pharmacies can't quantify the different services that they are involved with because they either don't track them or the system they use for tracking isn't efficient. Quantifi allows my pharmacists to document interventions in an efficient manner, has improved the trending of data in our facility for many different processes, and it has become a vital communication tool for our department. My staff would not want to work without it," said Denise Fields, Director of Pharmacy at Decatur County Memorial Hospital.
"The pharmacists' documentation of all clinical activity has helped us to create and retain FTEs for our department over the years - even when productivity consultants were brought in to our facility." Quantifi, Pharmacy OneSource's clinical communication and documentation tool, is used by more than 50,000 healthcare professionals who documented $689 million in savings through interventions in 2010. Quantifi captures both the actual dollar savings via reduction in supply costs and potential costs savings through risk avoidance
DCMH CardioPulmonary Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition
(February 24, 2011)
Decatur County Memorial Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.
Nearly 700 hospitals, or approximately 15% of hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award with this representing the 4th consecutive year for DCMH to be so honored. The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. Hospitals such as DCMH that earn the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services.
The program recognizes performance in such areas as respiratory therapist availability 24 hours daily, a designated medical director of respiratory care, and policies and procedures relative to efficiency and quality.