Audiology Open House

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Join the JRMC Audiology department this week for Better Hearing and Speech Month. Schedule an appointment for a free hearing screenings and free checks and cleaning of hearing aids. In addition to free screenings and checks, there will be a buy on get one battery special for all of May.

Monday, May 20th: 7 am – 3:30 pm
Wednesday, May 22nd: 11 am – 7 pm
Thursday, May 23rd: 7 am – 3 pm

Appointments are necessary for the free screenings. Contact JRMC Audiology to schedule a free screening. (800) 841-6340 or (701) 253-4843

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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!

JRMC Seeks Affiliation Agreement to Work with Sanford Health

Jamestown Regional Medical Center will pursue an affiliation agreement with Sanford Health, the JRMC Operating Board decided unanimously last week at a planning retreat.

An affiliation agreement — the lowest level of relationship Sanford offers — would allow JRMC’s local board to retain all its decision-making powers, while also allowing JRMC to offer patients more cancer care options.

“It’s all about bringing services here,” said Connie Krapp, chairman of the JRMC Operating Board.

Should the affiliation agreement be finalized, JRMC will also be able to install and use Epic, an electronic health record system already in use by the Sanford and Essentia clinics in Jamestown.

“I think Sanford wants the relationship because they have a lot of investment in the community with the two clinics,” said Todd Hudspeth, CEO of the medical center. “They want to deliver care as close to the patients’ home as possible.”

Through cooperation with the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center, JRMC will be able to expand its chemotherapy offerings, and eventually, radiation therapy may be offered as well.

“Three to five years out, we’ll address that,” Hudspeth said, explaining that adding radiation cancer therapy would require the hospital to invest approximately $5 million in equipment. “The long-term goal is to get that out here, but we’re going to start with medical oncology.”

Currently, very little chemotherapy occurs at JRMC. It is offered in a small space in the emergency department, Hudspeth said.

Chemotherapy is rated at four different levels, based on potential complications and strength, and JRMC offers level 1, and a little bit of level 2. The idea, Hudspeth said, is that JRMC will continue that work but offer additional levels of chemotherapy as time goes on.

In addition, cancer treatment will be moved from the emergency room to a dedicated cancer center in the JRMC’s clinic building.

The medical center has long recognized a need for more local cancer treatment, Krapp said, even before the new hospital was built.

“That’s been on the wish list for several years,” Hudspeth said.

Partnering with Sanford could potentially allow JRMC patients to participate in Sanford clinical trials at JRMC, too.

For the most part, patients who aren’t being treated for cancer likely won’t notice any changes, Hudspeth said.

Utilizing the Epic record-keeping system will mean that the JRMC’s electronic records are totally compatible with those of Sanford and Essentia clinics, both of which use the same system.

While the hospital does already have an electronic records system, it doesn’t really “talk” to the clinics’ system.

Physicians feel that the new system will help improve patient care, Hudspeth said, and it also has the potential to reduce duplicate testing, as patients’ previous lab results will all be easily accessible.

“For quality and safety, it really makes a difference,” Hudspeth said.

Recent information from the hospital’s current system will be migrated into the Epic system.

“It’ll be a lot safer, more efficient for the patient,” Krapp said.

The licensing cost for the new system is extremely high, and installation is estimated to cost approximately $1 million. Much of that — probably 70 to 80 percent — will be reimbursed by the federal government, Hudspeth said.

Under the Affordable Care Act, the hospital would eventually be penalized financially if Epic or a similar system were not installed and utilized, Hudspeth explained.

However, a hospital as small as Jamestown Regional Medical Center would not be able to license itself under Epic, because it’s not big enough, he added.

Currently, Sanford is in the process of installing Epic in all its medical facilities, Hudspeth said. JRMC would likely install it sometime next winter, using its own IT staff and the back-office support of Sanford’s computer centers in Fargo.

Talks about partnering with Sanford or other larger health systems have been going on for a long time, but they intensified after the Affordable Care Act became public, Krapp said.

“We’re seeing tremendous change in healthcare with increasing focus on the cost and efficiency of care,” said Rick Giesel, president of the Sanford Health Network, Fargo. “Closer collaboration and integration lends itself to better align incentives and potentially avoid duplication of services.

“Evaluating a closer affiliation between JRMC and Sanford seeks to address our changing environment so that we can continue to offer the best patient care possible.”

Students look at medical careers at JRMC

a1kidstourcolorOriginally published in The Jamestown Sun, 4/11/13
By: Keith Norman

Photos by John M. Steiner

Students from Edgeley and Kulm elementary schools were given patients to care for Wednesday at Jamestown Regional Medical Center. The students, dressed in scrubs, disinfected the patients and vaccinated them and before performing lab tests.

The patients are not expected to recover.

The goal was not to improve health of the “patients” — oranges, actually — but to build interest for careers in health care.

“The goal is to introduce kids at a young age to the medical professions,” said Kylie Nissen, senior project coordinator for the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health. “We want them to come back to the rural areas and work down the road.”

The program is called the Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health, abbreviated as “R-COOL-Health.” The program provides grants to hospitals and schools to bring classes to the hospital for a day of hands-on learning.

“A lot of these kids only know about doctors and nurses,” Nissen said. “This expands their knowledge about medicine and all the jobs it entails. PT (physical therapy) is a big attraction especially to those into sports. There is not a single health profession that doesn’t have shortages in North Dakota.”

Nissen said this is the fifth year of the program with 10 grants provided to schools around the state.

The grant provides scrub-like shirts for the students and staff attending and helps cover the costs of syringes and oranges for the hospital demonstrations.

Tony Hanson, administrator of LaMoure County Public Health, said the program was about the future.

“It is about developing careers for the young kids,” he said. “It is a grass roots effort but really the only way we’ll fill our staffing needs in rural health.”

Hanson said the setting and instructions increases the benefit of the program.

“Doing things hands on — like giving a shot to an orange — gives them a chance to experience and learn,” he said.

The program comes at an ideal time in the child’s education, according to Jason Carroll, sixth grade teacher from Edgeley.

“Some of these kids only see a hospital when someone is sick or injured,” he said. “This lets them look at health care from a different perspective. The sixth-grade age is where kids start asking about occupations. Most start out wanting to be a pro athlete but it is a good idea to get them thinking about other professions.”

Some of the students were already sold on the medical field.

Sixth-grader Lucas Nitschke, Jud, N.D., said he was already considering becoming a doctor.

“I enjoy learning about health care,” he said. “Learning about it helps me to see if it’s something I want to do.”

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Maren Berntson, a fifth-grader from Kulm, said she enjoyed learning about all the different jobs in healthcare.

“I think I would like physical therapy because it is helping people to recover,” she said.

Abby Wald, a registered nurse with Lamoure County Public Health, said the students were good learners.

“It gives them a glimpse of what we do,” she said. “Maybe it will inspire some people to go into the health field. Besides the orange is a good patient for them to work with.”

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at knorman@jamestownsun.com