Steve’s Weekly Wrap-Up (October 30, 2015)

grandpa mugI wanted to share some big personal news for our family. Lynda and I are going to be grandparents! Our daughter Anna is expecting her first baby in May of 2016. So fair warning I am going into grandpa stevegrandpa mode! Lots of trips to NYC in our future.

This week we heard the second round of Employee Survey Action Plansaction plan from Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Services, Laboratory and Radiology. Thanks to everyone who is working on these plans to help us improve our hospital. We already have some accomplishments as a result of these plans which I will be sharing in future wrap-ups. Keep working your plans. These should be living documents which can and should be changed when necessary.

birthdayMonday we celebrate our October birthdays. Come down at lunch and enjoy a Carrabba’s lunch with the admin team!

Benefits were a top item from our last employee survey. As one way to address your

understanding of your benefits was to hold a benefit’s fair. Yesterday 87 of you attended. My thanks to our HR team who organized this event. I hope it helped you as we prepare for our open enrollment period for benefits which begins November 3rd through the 17th. Please watch your mailbox for your sign-up package.

turn clocks back_dogDon’t forget to turn your clocks backwards this Saturday. The days have been getting shorter and shorter as you have probably noticed. You don’t want to be an hour early for work on Sunday!

Our wound care construction is just about complete. The HBO chambers were installed this week and we are credentialing 3 physicians to provide this treatment. Please call Tammie Murchison or stop in the wound care center (3RD Floor of MOB2) if you are interested in seeing this new patient treatment technology now available here at CNH.

Tomorrow is the deadline to receive your flu shot and complete your code of conduct training. If you don’t have your mask
flu shot you must wear a mask in any patient care area. If your code of conduct is not completed you cannot work. Please make sure you are covered for both.

If you have staff who need to take ACLS for the first time, Andrew Dasher is starting a session of tutorial classes on November 10th. Here are the dates and times for the classes:

  • Tuesdays, November 10, 17, 24, and December 1 – 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 3 – 4:00 – 6:30 PM – EVALUATION

All classes will be held in the First Floor Classroom at CMC. Participants should attend all classes for the best results.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Trunk or Treat. It is always a great event for our families and I think everyone enjoys getting into costume!

boiled peanutsOn Tuesday, November 3rd we are having a small celebration for our Spine Fusion Certification. Come down and enjoy some cake, boiled peanuts and celebrate this great quality achievement from 5-7pm in the first floor conference room.

We are off to a strong start for our 4th quarter patient experience scores. Keep up the great care and focus on our patients.

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Coliseum Medical Centers will host the 2015 Child Safety Expo & Trick or Facebook adTreat event on October 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.  This is a FREE event for kids and their families to learn valuable, life-saving information while having a great time!  In addition to trick or treating through our new pediatric ER, parents and children will have an opportunity to learn safety tips on bicycles helmets, safe sleeping habits, fire safety, poison control, gun safety, and so much more.  Car seat checks and Child ID kits will also be available. Children will enjoy seeing a fire truck, law enforcement vehicles, ambulances, and even an air evac helicopter.  There will also be inflatables for the kids with free popcorn and cotton candy.  At 11:00 a.m., all kids present will be invited to be in our child safety parade, led by Eddie Eagle.

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  • “Elizabeth (Greene) was always cheerful and was always concerned about my pain level.  She had a good sense of humor and made me feel like she really cared about me”.  Patient – E.G.
  • “Tonya (Ochoa) worked very hard to meet my needs quickly and efficiently.  She was cheerful and laughed and made me feel like I was her only patient.”  Patient – T.O.
  • Kudos to our Physical Therapy Staff!! October is National Physical Therapy Month.  Thanks to Candice Wilson, Francis Arthur, Lee Glover, Ramon Narciso, and Shanika Sanders and Kecia Harrell-West for all the great work and services provided to our patients. Happy Physical Therapy Month! – Sheila
  • Anthony Hearvey from Food and Nutritional Services won the September Great Catch Gift Certificate.  There were 8 great catches in September.  There are 3 great catches for October so far. – Angela Lintz
  • Great job with the ICU, ER and 3rd floor during the new telemetry and ekg in the ER upgrade. Nick Shealy and the whole IT department stepped up during this time to make sure all was in place to go live! Also, Jill Brown who was an integral part for the education to the staff during the ekg upgrade and also assisting with flu shots. – Michael Dykes
  • In 1992, President George Bush signed Congressional House Joint Resolution #399 proclaiming the first week in November as National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week. Since then, NAMSS has partnered with hospitals, MCOs, doctor’s offices, university health systems, and government agencies to promote awareness of the medical services professional (MSP). Join us as we again celebrate National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week this November 1-7, 2015. Thanks to Kim Bowden and Jacque Milanek for all your hard work! – Steve, Pat and Heath

pumpkin carving

Have a safe Halloween and remember to look for children when you are driving this weekend.

Steve Daugherty - CNH