JRMC Holds Annual Blood Drive

Jamestown Regional Medical Center recently sponsored a blood drive for the United Blood Services on Aug. 13 at the JRMC Clinic. Out of 54 volunteers that signed up to donate blood, 41 were able to give.  Eight donors gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine, which collects two units of red blood cells during the donation. Twelve volunteers donated blood for the first time.

“Our goal for this year’s blood drive was to sign up 53 donors for the blood drive – we exceeded our goal which is very exciting,” stated Abby Silbernagel, JRMC blood drive coordinator.  “Thank you to the community and staff for support as we do our part to make sure patients have the blood supply that they need.”

JRMC’s blood drive total contribution was 49 units of blood for United Blood Services.

JRMC Foundation Philanthropist of the Year Nominations

Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Philanthropist of the Year Award. Nominations for this award must be received no later than August 17.

The following criteria should be displayed by the nominee: support of individuals (or couple’s) direct contribution to and support of JRMC/JRMC Foundation, accomplishments in healthcare, participation in and support of other non-profit organizations in the community or region, data of personal involvement in leading others to be involved in philanthropy or community volunteer service.

The nomination must be submitted in a concise essay (no more than two pages) noting the above criteria. A cover sheet provided by the JRMC Foundation must be included with the submission.

The Philanthropist of the Year award will be presented at the Pillars of Giving donor appreciation event on September 5 at the Gladstone Inn & Suites.

For more information on the Philanthropist of the Year Award or Pillars of Giving donor appreciation event, contact the JRMC Foundation at foundation@jrmcnd.com or (701) 253-4806.

Click here to view the nomination form.

JRMCU: Hospital Highlights

JRMCUposter_Todd0713-v2WEB Join us on Wednesday, July 17th at 5:30 pm for a JRMCU featuring hospital highlights and updates provided by JRMC president, Todd Hudspeth.  Learn first-hand about recent accomplishments at the medical center as well projects on the horizon to benefit the region, including cancer care and a shared medical record.  Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP at (701) 952-4796 as space is limited.

JRMC Announces Agreement with Sanford Health

Collaboration to Provide Patients with Electronic Medical Record

 

Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) has partnered with Sanford Health to provide patients with an integrated state-of-the-art electronic health record (EHR). The agreement provides JRMC with access to the industry’s most advanced electronic health records system, Epic. It also triggers a formal action plan associated with pursuing the potential for jointly offering expanded services to the Jamestown region, most notably, cancer care.

Epic will allow providers, nurses and other medical professionals a seamless means of collecting, storing and accessing a patient’s medical information. This is a tremendous win in the community for exchanging information in the safest, most efficient way possible.

“A collaboration with Sanford allows us to take advantage of federal incentives to implement electronic health records,” said Connie Krapp, chairman of the JRMC Operating Board. “The best software for this is Epic, which is not available to health facilities the size of JRMC. Partnering with Sanford allows us to implement the best technology in the industry.”

“A closer affiliation between JRMC and Sanford seeks to address the changing health care environment so that we can continue to offer the best patient care possible,” said Rick Geisel, President Sanford Health Network.

JRMC will continue to operate as an independent, community-owned hospital and is enthusiastic about the positive opportunities to respond to the needs of the community this collaboration will bring.

 

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ghana, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and 1,360 physicians in 81 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 26,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford’s nearly $700 million in gifts, the largest ever to a health care organization in America. These gifts are making possible the implementation of several initiatives including global children’s clinics, multiple research centers and finding cures for type 1diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit sanfordhealth.org.

JRMCU: Direct Access Testing

jrmcu4x4_DAT_ColorJoin Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) on Wednesday, June 19 at 12:00 p.m. for a free educational forum on Direct Access Testing in the Laboratory. This forum is part of the “JRMC U” education series and will be hosted by Mary Bowder, JRMC laboratory manager.

Direct Access Testing provides lab testing at the convenience of the patient. Patients can order certain laboratory tests (mostly screening type tests) without the order of a physician. Lean more at the free monthly educational seminar about this new service at JRMC.

A free, light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to 701-952-4796 as space is limited.

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.