Coliseum Northside Hospital Weekly Wrap-up 8/8/14

Our American Heart Walk fundraising is now in full swing. We have 23 teams across both campuses working hard to meet our goal of $43,000. So far we have raised $5,385 in the first 2 weeks! Leading the way are: The Walking Red with $1,350, Ace of Hearts with $555, Between a Walk and a Hard Place with $484 and the Radiology Heart Flutters with $364. I encourage everyone to get involved, support our teams and plan to attend the Heart Walk on September 25th at Tatnall Square Park.

Last night we had a tremendous turnout by our North Macon community for the Lego Movie. Over 250 people attended on a beautiful middle Georgia evening. Our Macon-Bibb commissioner Gary Bechtel also was on hand and had some nice compliments for Northside Hospital. I want to also thank Larry Bush Motors for donating the water, College Hill Corridor for the AV equipment and Terrell Sandifer and the Macon Film Festival for getting us the licensed movie. This could not have been possible without the hard work of Sam Macfie and Jennifer Bradley who made it happen without a bump. My thanks also to the other Directors, Managers and staff that were on hand to greet the community and help make this a resounding success! What an impression we made on our community. It is just as important to be good community partners as a great healthcare provider and you put our best foot forward last night! Thanks again to everyone who helped.

This week we received funding for new EEG equipment. The replacement of this equipment was identified by Dr. MacIntosh, our neurologist, and is key to kicking off our telestroke and primary stroke certification strategy. This new equipment will provide better studies as well as allow remote reading by the physicians providing better turnaround of results.

We also have received new iStat analyzers for the Emergency Department/Laboratory to provide rapid electrolyte, kidney function and heart attack marker lab results. The new analyzers are wireless and will support our efforts to rapidly triage and treat our Emergency Department patients and get them to the appropriate level of care.

We continue to redevelop both our Sleep Lab and Wound Care Center. Dr. Hendricks is the Medical Director of the Sleep Lab and is working with Pat D’Errico, Jenny Willis and Marketing to bring more awareness about this service to the community and referring physicians.

We have appointed Dr. Tarirah as the Medical Director of our ICU. He will be responsible for working with our nursing leadership and Chief Medical Officer to develop care paths, monitor utilization and provide leadership to improve the overall care of patients admitted to the ICU. He will also work with Dr. Thornsberry to prepare us for flu season and make sure we have good processes for the identification and treatment of H1N1 flu patients as we enter the fall flu season.

As a reminder, beginning next week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Human resources will be available in Administration from 7:30 -12:00 to assist you with any questions or needs you have from their department. They will also be making rounds in your departments so please take advantage of this resource.

Thanks for sharing your time and talent at Northside this week. We have an awesome team and I see a bright future for us as we continue to tell our story to the community.