Steve’s Weekly Wrap-up! (September 4, 2015)

flu season aheadIt is hard to believe we are in September already which means flu season is just around the corner. I urge you to get vaccinated so that we protect each other, our patients and don’t have to wear those pesky masks! If you have allergies (eggs) there is flu seasonvaccine for you that you can request. I know there are other health conditions that prohibit some from receiving this vaccine but we have a lot of opportunity for many to get vaccinated this year. Our patients need you to be here rather than home with the flu.

Code of Conduct training, which is mandatory, is due to be completed no later than October 31st. Don’t jeopardize your ability to work by not completing or putting this off to the last minute. There are 2 live sessions here at CNH: September 9, 2015 1st Floor Conference Room at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

breaking groundAs I reported to you last week, the construction on the wound care center has begun in order to add hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This will take about 8 weeks to complete. In the meantime we continue our search for a fulltime medical director.

Next Friday we celebrate our first responders with a BBQ on the lawn. It is our way of honoring those who died on 9/11 and those in our community who continue to put their lives at risk in order to save others.

bonusBenefit Highlight of the Week: Employee Referral program –   Any FT employee who refers an RN or other critical position candidate who gets hired, will get a $1500.00 referral bonus.  $750.00 is paid within 30 days of their hire date, and the remaining $750.00 is paid after 6 months of employment. You can claim this as many times as you can refer candidates who we hire. Please check with HR as to which positions qualify. The employee referral form is on every computer on the share point page.

Also next week we are having our disease specific Joint Commission survey for spinal fusion. Another way to show our community the high quality care we provide for patients. We appreciate everyone’s participation and welcome of our JC guests next Friday.

mammography_2Last week we had a very successful open house for our new digital mammography unit. 16,700 people saw our Facebook Ad; 861 people clicked through on the ad to our information.  108 people registered.  77 people filled out a card to be in drawing (we think we captured everyone that attended).

Beautifully decorated and well received.  It was busy and full the entire time.  Kudos to the radiology staff and market folks who made this such a great success!

I spent part of this week reviewing the department specific action plans for the employee survey. Your Directors will begin reporting on your progress next month. I look forward to implementing your ideas and executing the strategies you feel will make us a stronger organization and the employer of choice as well as the hospital of choice for our patients. If we don’t love it here our patients and their families never will either. Thanks for your continued engagement and interest in making CNH the best hospital in Macon.


I am hosting my 2nd 6 week follow-up meeting for those new staff that joined us in the last six weeks. We will seek their feedback on our on-boarding process as well as their first few weeks of work. We are having great success with recruitment and now need to retain those we add to our team. This is one initiative to try and do just that.

pedsmedicineLastly we kicked off our Peds ED this week! While we have had a few bumps Dr. Bansal and the ED team did a great job in preparing us for our go live. Just another level of service and quality for those community members who trust us with their care. Great job ED Team!



Patient WH writes:

  • This is to commend the Physical Therapy Department at Coliseum Northside Hospital.  I worked with Candi Wilson for 6 weeks and she knew exactly what exercises I needed to do after my knee replacement surgery.  My knee has greatly improved since I began therapy.  I also was very much impressed with Kecia West and her ability to schedule (us) clients.  I greatly appreciated the transportation also.

Patient JT writes:

  • Dinita Bentley has been EXCELLENT – she has been friendly, informative and very helpful.

Patient GC writes:

  • Dinita Bentley, Elizabeth Cupp, Eunice Canty, Tuwanna Brooks – GREAT JOB!!

Patient DB writes:

  • Shandy Miller helped comfort me throughout the long night after my painful ankle surgery.  She made sure I had my medicine on time and talked to me during the night.
  • Mark Hymon came to my rescue and physically helped me to the restroom.
  • Tonya Ochoa and Dinita Bentley were great getting me settled and sent home.

Patient SC writes:

  • Martha Johnson’s service and bedside manner were excellent and enjoyable to be around.

  • Tonya Ochoa – excellent bedside manner and service.

Have a safe holiday weekend!

Steve Daugherty - CNH