The Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps (MHSVC) recently purchased a medication cart for the Respiratory Care department at Memorial Hospital through the volunteers’ annual gifting program. The department requested the new locking cart to make it easier for transporting needed items from room-to-room, including their laptop computer. Pictured with the cart, from left, are: Michelle McClanahan, Director of Volunteer Services; Eric Kohn, Respiratory Care Director; and Jordan Findley, Respiratory Therapist.
The MHSVC holds several fundraisers each year to raise money to support and enhance services within the health system’s many departments.
Employees of Memorial Health System (MHS) recently wore blue jeans at work for another “Jeans Day” fundraiser. Employees who make a donation of at least $5 are allowed to wear blue jeans on the last Friday of the month. A total donation of $260 was presented to the Memorial Health Foundation for the Abilene Public Transportation Fund. The day was organized by the MHS Employer of Choice (EOC) committee. Pictured from left are: Andrea Taylor, EOC committee member; Bob Harvey, Memorial Health Foundation Director; Michelle McClanahan, EOC committee member; and Harold Courtois, MHS CEO.
The Abilene Kiwanis Club again donated children’s books to the Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps (MHSVC) for baby baskets. Shown are (from left): Julie Breeden, Memorial Hospital Inpatient Unit/OB RN; Joe Sanfilippo, Kiwanis Club member; and Michelle McClanahan, MHS Director of Volunteer Services.
The Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps (MHSVC) recently received a donation of books for the Baby Basket Program from the Abilene Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis reminds parents that sharing nursery rhymes helps children develop memory skills and an appreciation for rhymes and rhythms, expand vocabulary and imagination, develop listening skills, and discover that words are fun and made up of sounds. The Kiwanis Club is a student-focused organization that holds student programs and fundraisers to benefit youth of all ages.
The MHSVC gives every baby born in the Birthing Center at Memorial Hospital a basket filled with useful gift items donated by the MHSVC and community organizations. For more information, contact Michelle McClanahan, Director of Volunteer Services, at 785-263-6692.
The Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps (MHSVC) recently gifted a chair, side table, and console table (not pictured) to Impact Sports and Fitness for use in the massage room. Shown seated in the chair next to the table is Linda Padgett, MHSVC member; along with Megan Norman (center), Impact Sports and Fitness Certified Massage Therapist; and Michelle McClanahan, Memorial Health System Director of Volunteer Services.
The Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps (MHSVC) continued with their gifting program by recently gifting a weighted sled and camouflage netting to Impact Sports and Fitness. The items were purchased for use in the Combat Challenge, to be held April 28th, at Brown’s Park south of Abilene. If you are interested in participating in the Combat Challenge, please contact Impact Sports and Fitness in Abilene. Shown with the sled and netting are (from left): Anita Larson, Impact Sports and Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer and Laurol Overlease, Impact Sports and Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.
The Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps (MHSVC) recently gifted a decline weight bench and five pairs of eight-pound weights for use by patrons of Impact Sports and Fitness in Abilene. Shown with the bench and some of the weights are (left to right): Michelle McClanahan, Director of Volunteer Services; Marge Olson, Impact Sports and Fitness member; Anita Larson, Impact Sports and Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer; Nancy Gugler, Impact Sports and Fitness member; Laurol Overlease, Impact Sports and Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer; and Linda Padgett, MHSVC member.
Home Health and Hospice of Dickinson County is offering a Bereavement Support Group monthly in Abilene. It will be on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. The next class will be on February 27. These classes are held at the Home Health and Hospice office, 1111 N. Brady, Abilene. The meetings will continue once per month through June. Chris McKee, LSCSW, Bereavement Counselor, serves as the group facilitator.
These gatherings are designed to help individuals work through the period of transition, allow time for sharing personal experiences and feelings, and provide guidance toward learning and coping skills.
The public is welcome to attend. The sessions are free; however, if you would like a copy of the book used, a donation to cover that cost would be accepted and appreciated. Persons interested in the support group are encouraged to bring along a supportive person. Pre-registration is not required.
Anyone with questions should contact Home Health and Hospice of Dickinson County at 785-263-6630 in Abilene.
Photo: MHS CEO, Harold Courtois (left), congratulates Carolyn Mikesell, RN for her completion of the 2017 HRET HIIN Quality Improvement Fellowship Program. Mikesell is the Director of Quality for MHS. MHS Board Chairman, Dr. Steve Schwarting (seated at the table) and Memorial Health Foundation Director, Bob Harvey (far right) are also included in the photo.
Memorial Health System’s Director of Quality, Carolyn Mikesell, RN, was recently recognized at MHS’s Board of Directors meeting for her completion of a national fellowship program in quality and patient safety.
“MHS strives to provide safe patient care,” Mikesell said. “This fellowship provided me with additional tools and education to assist us in continuing to provide safe, quality care.”
Two fellowship programs were offered in 34 states this year by the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) for hospitals participating in its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), a national patient safety initiative administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and its Partnership for Patients program.
The HRET HIIN is the largest HIIN with more than 1,600 participating hospitals and 34 state hospital associations and other partners. Collectively, the HRET HIIN is pursuing the ambitious goals of reducing all-cause inpatient harm by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent by September 2018.
The HRET Quality Improvement Fellowship program, now completing its fifth year and entering its sixth, is designed to build knowledge and skills for hospital administrators, mid-level managers, clinicians, and front-line staff in leading quality and patient safety improvement efforts within their organizations and communities.
In 2017, HRET also offered a new fellowship, which provided training for staff and former patient or family advisors seeking to strengthen their hospitals’ Patient and Family Engagement programs.
“The Kansas health care professionals who made the commitment to complete the 2017 fellowship programs are making a real impact within their hospitals and their communities,” said Kendra Tinsley, KHC executive director. “We commend them for their skills in leading and championing quality health care.”
Between the two programs this year, HRET awarded certificates of completion to 286 fellows nationally, including 31 fellows in Kansas.
HRET and Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) presented certificates of completion to seven Quality Improvement Fellows: Melissa Jones, Greenwood County Hospital; Carolyn Mikesell, Memorial Hospital, Abilene; Gregg Holt, Mercy Hospital, Columbus; Juli Heitman, Newman Regional Health; Katie Rucker, Olathe Medical Center; Dorothy Rice, Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa; and Tiffany Trapp, Rush County Memorial Hospital.
In addition to participating in virtual learning sessions with national faculty and completing online learning modules, each Quality Improvement Fellow completed a project improving patient safety, such as the reduction in unnecessary readmissions, preventing falls, hand hygiene or antibiotic stewardship.
In recent years, Kansas hospitals have had high participation in the HRET HIIN Fellowship programs with more than 140 fellows at 60 hospitals across the state participating in at least one fellowship since 2012.
KHC is a provider-led, non-profit organization with a mission to transform health care through patient-centered initiatives that improve quality, safety, and value. Founded in 2008 by the Kansas Hospital Association and the Kansas Medical Society, KHC embodies the commitment of two of the state’s leading health care provider groups to act as a resource and continuously enhance the quality of care provided to Kansans. For more information about the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative and its initiatives, visit www.khconline.org.
Home Health & Hospice of Dickinson County recently hosted a support group for caregivers at their office in Abilene. The meeting’s featured speaker was Cindy Miller (pictured standing) from the Alzheimer’s Association state office in Topeka. She spoke on care for those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s, and answered questions from the audience of about 30 in attendance. Miller is a Dementia Care Specialist and a Licensed Practical Nurse for the Alzheimer’s Association, Heart of America Chapter. The Chapter provides programs and services in 66 Kansas and Missouri counties. For 24-hour information and support for Alzheimer’s please call (800) 272-3900.
The Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps (MHSVC) recently donated $1000 to the Memorial Health Foundation. The donation is designated for the Abilene Public Transportation Fund, a fund that provides public transportation rides to and from medical appointments within Abilene city limits.
Shown are: Michelle McClanahan, MHS Transportation Committee member; Linda Padgett, MHS volunteer; Bob Harvey, Memorial Health Foundation Director; and Sara Boyd, MHS Transportation Committee member.