Monday, November 13, 2017

Named Top Performer...

Congratulations Gilchrist!
Last week, it was brought to my attention that the Gilchrist Sub Acute Unit (SAU) was recently named a “Best Nursing Home” by U.S. News & World Report 2017-18. According to U.S. News & World Report, only 15% of nursing homes in the United States achieve the “Top Performing” status of 4.5 or higher. Gilchrist achieved a perfect 5.0 rating and we are truly honored that they were chosen and that they achieved the highest score possible.

U.S. News uses existing federal nursing home rating information and federally reported healthcare data to determine their rankings. Criteria such as annual state survey results, medical quality measures, staffing levels and rehabilitation outcomes are all considered in the scoring process.

We are truly honored to be in the top tier of providers in both the state and the nation.  Congratulations to Leana Hoover and our Gilchrist SAU staff!

During the past few weeks, the news has been filled with allegations of inappropriate workplace behavior at other organizations. While this news is disheartening, it serves as a call to remind us of our GBMC value of Respect. It is important that we continue to work together to foster a safe work environment and to comply with our Harassment and Discrimination Policy. This Policy can be found on the InfoWeb. Please contact our Human Resources department should you have any questions or concerns. I am grateful for the respectful behavior, teamwork, and camaraderie that I witness every day in the GBMC HealthCare System.

Recognizing Colleagues: Radiologic Technology Week & Forensic Nurses Week
Last week was both “Radiologic Technology Week” and “Forensic Nurses Week” and I would like to thank all of our registered technologists (RTs) and our forensic nurses for their very important roles in providing care and serving our patients.

RTs perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. They are educated in: anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care. They are the teammates of our radiologists and radiation oncologists.

Forensic nurses are specially trained and certified examiners who care for adolescent and adult victims (ages 13 and older) of sexual assault. They complete a full assessment of the patient, obtain potential forensic evidence and provide antibiotic therapy, emergency contraception and resources for crisis counseling and support services.

Please join me in thanking Phil Komenda, our Director of Imaging and Cardiac Services, and Laura Clary, RN, FNE-A/P, SANE-A, CPEN, our Clinical Program Manager for the SAFE Program, and their teams for all their hard work and for their important roles in caring for our patients.

National Medical Staff Services Professionals Awareness Week
“National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week,” just concluded and I would like to acknowledge and thank all of our medical staff services professionals (MSPs) for playing a critical role in our healthcare system. MSPs credential and monitor ongoing competence of physicians and other practitioners who provide patient care services in hospitals managed care organizations, and other healthcare settings.

MSPs are dedicated to making certain that all patients receive care from practitioners who are properly educated, licensed, and trained in their specialty. They are experts in provider credentialing and privileging medical staff organization, accreditation and regulatory compliance, and provider relations.

Please join me in thanking our MSPs for their hard work and for their important role in helping us achieve our vision.

Thanking Our Veterans on Veterans Day and Every Day
On Saturday, we commemorated Veterans Day and took the time to remember and pay tribute to the brave men and women, of the U.S. armed forces, who have served in the past and those who are serving today. My sincere gratitude to all members of the U.S. armed forces and their families who have served and made the tremendous sacrifices to preserve our freedom.

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