Steve’s Weekly Wrap-Up (June 1, 2018)

metnal health monthAs we leave May and start June, I want to mention that May was Mental Health Awareness Month. Many of us have family and friends who have mental health issues who live and thrive because they were diagnosed and have access to the care they need, just like heart, cancer and surgical patients. I am proud that as a hospital and company we continue to invest in this important community service. As I have reported before, we have invested over 2 million dollars in the last year expanding our inpatient and outpatient services, upgrading our behavioral health unit and constructing rooms specifically for these patients in our newly-expanded and renovated emergency room. We recognize that our community needs to be not only physically healthy but mentally healthy as well. Thanks to the mental health professionals at CHS who perform this lifesaving work every day.

365 PATIENT STORIES365 Patient Stories: connecting us to our purpose – As you know, our Mission Statement is “Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.” Connecting to that mission is critical for each and every one of us as we go about caring for our patients. One way to stay connected is to share the stories of great patient care that happen here and often go unnoticed. Here is the “365 Patient Story” shared with me today:

“We have an elderly patient with dementia in room 316 (very pleasantly confused). Her daughter has been through multiple nursing homes, doctors, and hospitals. She stated that after this visit with the Coliseum that she will not go anywhere else. She said every staff member from the nurses to the dietitians have taken excellent care of her mother.  She said you can see the positive attitudes from the people who come in to care for her mother, and that at other facilities the experience has been far different. The daughter had a house fire, and she said she doesn’t normally leave her mom alone, but she trusted us to care for her while she left. When the daughter came back to the room this morning we had moved her mom (the pt) from room 307 to 316, and when I told her it was so we could keep a closer eye on her while she was away she astounded. We moved her closer to the nursing station for high fall risk. She said the attention to detail on her care has been excellent.”

Submitted by Ben Kerscher RN-BC, MSN

I would like to share your stories across the hospital, so I am asking you to help me by sending you unique and inspiring patient stories from the great care you perform here by sending them to my email: Thanks for helping us all live our mission!


As I previously reported, HCA is investing up to $300 million over three years towards programs that support employees and their families in response U.S. corporate tax rate reductions. Part of this initiative includes expanding the “Time Away From Work” Program to include paid family leave benefits effective July 1, 2018, for most employees.


Key Facts:

Who is eligible for paid family leave?    

  • Full-time and part-time HCA-affiliated employees who meet the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) definition of eligibility, have at least 12 months of continuous service and have worked 1,250 hours within the last 12 months.
  • Certain employees are not eligible to participate in these programs. This may include employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement (unless their CBA permits participation) and certain employed physicians.

When can employees use paid family leave benefits?     

  • Paid family leave may be used to care for a family member with a serious health condition, as defined by the FMLA. Generally, this includes:
    • Caring for a spouse, child, step child, legal ward or parent
    • Bonding with a newborn child
    • Adoption or foster care placement and to bond with a newly placed child.


paid family leave

Other Upcoming Programs:

For your reference, here’s a tentative timeline of when other workforce development program details will be shared:

  • Fall 2018: Improved education reimbursement program
  • Fall 2018: New student loan repayment program
  • Late 2018: Support for clinical education and certification
  • 2019: New scholarship program for children and stepchildren of full-time employees

13736Our Emergency Room renovation is coming together quickly! Yesterday we re-opened the main entrance and expanded EMS entrance that will prevent the roadway from being blocked through our campus and for us to accommodate more EMS trucks. We also have completed the new helipad that will be able to receive patients once we have sign-off from the FAA. Lastly, you may notice a change of the main entrance sign which now displays our status as a teaching hospital AND our affiliation with Mercer University School of Medicine. The entire project is scheduled to conclude on 6/15/18! The end is in sight!


Have a great weekend!

Steve Daugherty - CNH