JRMC Receives VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence

VHA Inc., a national health care network, has given Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) a 2013 VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence, honoring the hospital for achieving national performance standards for clinical quality, safety and patient experience.

VHA is a national network of more than 1,350 not-for-profit hospital systems and 72,000 non-acute facilities that work together to achieve new levels of clinical performance and operational efficiency.

JRMC was one of 40 VHA member hospitals this year to receive a Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence. Winners were announced May 1 during VHA’s national meeting, the 2013 Navigating to Excellence Forum, held in Las Vegas.

The VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence recognizes organizations that achieve top performance in care measures tracked by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Winners are selected based on a composite score consisting of three elements: 1) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Total Performance Score, which includes Core Measures and the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Services (HCAHPS) survey results; 2) 30-day readmission rates; and 3) Medicare cost data.

As part of this year’s awards program, VHA recognized 10 of the 40 organizations with HEN Improvement Leadership Awards in honor of their commitment to CMS’ Partnership for Patients initiative and their active involvement in VHA’s Hospital Engagement Network. HEN participants commit to reduce select Hospital-Acquired Conditions by 40 percent and preventable readmissions by 20 percent over a three-year period. Winners in this category showed substantial improvement on their baseline performance measures in at least one of 10 patient safety areas of focus.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the JRMC Clinical Team.  Their commitment to clinical excellence in patient care and outcomes allows our organization to live out its vision and values,” stated Trisha Jungels, chief nursing officer at JRMC. “Our vision is to be the best rural hospital in the country for patients to receive care, employees to work and providers to practice.”

 

“The leaders and staff in these organizations have shown their dedication to providing not only consistently high levels of clinical care but also continually improving that performance to produce better outcomes for their patients,” said Steve Miff, PhD, VHA’s senior vice president for Clinical and Care Delivery Solutions. “Since the passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the health care industry has moved quickly to establish and meet performance quality metrics and align care protocol. We are especially proud of these VHA organizations for exceptional performance against national key indicators.”

By recognizing institutions for their commitment and achievements, VHA hopes that other health systems will apply these leading practices in their own organizations to further enhance the overall level of quality in our nation’s health care system.

National Sun Safety Week

It’s National Sun Safety Week! We would like to remind you to block the sun, not the fun. According to the Sun Safety Alliance, sun exposure leads to many health concerns, including aging and potentially cancer, yet only about 20% of Americans use sunscreen daily. This week, remember the importance of protecting yourself from the harmful rays of the sun. Find out if you are getting too much sun from the photo below.

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JRMCU: Joint Injections for Pain Management

jrmcu4x4_painInjectionsCOLOR_webJoin Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) on Wednesday, May 15 at 12:00 p.m. for a free educational forum on joint injections for pain management.  This forum is part of the “JRMC U” education series and will be hosted by JRMC Radiologist, Dr. Reddy.

Steroid injections into major joints like the hip or shoulder can help patients who suffer from acute or chronic joint and back pain. Injections into the spine can reduce inflammation to help reduce pain, tingling, numbness and other symptoms caused by nerve inflammation.

Through joint injections in the JRMC Radiology department, patients do not have to live with pain any longer. A free, light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to 701-952-4796 as space is limited.

JRMC Announces New Vice President of Clinical Services

trishajJamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is pleased to announce that Trisha Jungels has been named as the Vice President of Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer.

“Trisha has shown wonderful leadership skills in her time at JRMC and we are excited for her to take over this new role.” stated Todd Hudspeth, JRMC CEO.

Jungels is a 2002 nursing graduate of Jamestown College and has served as the JRMC Home Health and Hospice manager since 2009. She is also the organizational excellence coordinator for JRMC. Trisha was a staff nurse and unit supervisor at JRMC and a home health nurse for Ransom County Public Health in Lisbon.

Trisha will oversee all nursing units at JRMC including the patient care unit, emergency department, family birthplace and surgical services, home health/hospice, pharmacy, anesthesia, cardiopulmonary rehab/wellness, social services/utilization review and clinic services.

JRMC Announces New Foundation Director

Lisa_JcropJamestown Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that Lisa Jackson has been named as the JRMC Foundation Director.

“Lisa has great experience in working with non-profit organizations and we look forward to her taking our Foundation to the next level.” stated Todd Hudspeth, JRMC CEO.

Jackson graduated from NDSU with a degree in mass communications and has worked in marketing with Newell Rubbermaid, annual giving and events for Jamestown College and major gift and gift planning for Kansas University Endowment. She is the co-founder of GivingPoint, a fundraising consulting firm and helped launch Today’s Giving, a philanthropy magazine. Most recently, she has been an independent fundraising and communication coach to area non-profits. She has a two year old daughter, Hadley and is married to Dustin.

Lisa will be responsible for planning, organizing and implementing strategies to achieve successful development of the Foundation.

JRMC Gift Shoppe Open House

openHousePostewebrJoin us on Monday, May 6th for an open house at the JRMC Gift Shoppe located in near the main entrance of the hospital. Enjoy new items, gifts and food samples. All funds raised in the Gift Shoppe are donated back to JRMC.

Bring a non-perishable food item and your name will be placed in a drawing for door prizes. All donated goods will go to the Jamestown Food Bank.

JRMC Holds Volunteer Recognition Banquet

On Tuesday, April 24th we held our Volunteer Recognition Banquet in coordination with National Healthcare Volunteer Week.  JRMC thanks the many men and women who donate over 6,500 hours to JRMC a year. Each one of them that makes the difference in the lives of those we serve.
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Shirley Flieth who was recognized as the 2012 Volunteer of the Year. Shirley donated over 500 hours to JRMC this past year. Congratulations!