Thank you to all the men and women of the JRMC Environmental Services department who play an essential part in the execution of infection control cleaning procedures, patient safety goals and customer satisfaction. They are important to ensuring that JRMC is the best rural hospital in the country for patients to receive care, employees to work and physicians to practice.
VHA Inc., a national health care network, has given Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) a 2013 VHA Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) Leadership Award, honoring the hospital for showing substantial improvement on their baseline performance measures in at least one of 10 patient safety areas of focus.
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.
As part of this year’s awards program, VHA recognized JRMC and 9 others 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.
“We are proud to accept this award from VHA for our hard work to make JRMC the best place for patients to receive care,” stated Trisha Jungles, Chief Nursing Officer. “We continue to improve our practices to keep our patients and staff safe.”
“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.” Healthcare organizations that selected VHA as their Hospital Engagement Network supporting the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Partnership for Patients initiative were eligible for VHA’s first HEN Improvement Leadership Award. VHA’s network of more than 1,350 not-for-profit hospital systems and 72,000 non-acute facilities work together to achieve new levels of clinical performance and operational efficiency.
VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance, and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. Since 1977, VHA has leveraged its expertise in analytics, contracting, consulting and networks to help members achieve their operational, clinical and financial objectives. In 2011, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.9 billion to members. VHA serves more than 1,350 hospitals and more than 72,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through its 13 regional offices. For more information, visit www.vha.com and follow us on Twitter (@VHAInc).
“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.
Originally posted in The Jamestown Sun, August 23, 2012.
By: Ben Rodgers
Work on Lutheran Social Services Legacy Living at the site of the former Jamestown Hospital is progressing and officials hope to complete the project by Christmas.
When completed, Legacy Living will be the site of 51 apartments, James River Senior and Community Center, a day care and commercial entities.
Construction started on the project in November. LSS purchased the building in July 2011 for $1 from Jamestown Regional Medical Center.
Each one of the 51 apartment units will offer something different for residents of low-income and market-rate housing.
The 20 subsidized units will be open to people age 62 and older, and the 31 market-rate apartments will be open to people age 55 and older.
“It’ll be really fun for the community to walk through when we have an open house because it’ll be a real transformation,” said Jessica Thomasson, director of Lutheran Social Services Housing, of the project.
The only demolition for the project was the tear down of the surgery center on the northeast side. This allowed for more apartments on the first couple of levels in that part of the building.
Removing the surgery center will also allow for the construction of a courtyard with walking trails and a raised garden.
People will notice the work in the front of the building as the design is being changed to allow more parking space. Thomasson did not have an exact figure but said vehicles will be able to circulate through the area easier. The canopy in the front of the building will eventually be redone to fit the new use of the building as well.
Other construction has been done in phases. The majority of the work started in the center of the building and moved to the west side. Work now has started to take shape in the eastern part of the building.
“We should in a couple of weeks be at an even pace (with construction progress),” she said.
Some apartment rooms have cabinetry installed and others have boxes piled high. No doors or flooring are installed yet.
So many different things happening at once is the only hang up for the project, according to Nick Vanoverschelde, project manager with Roers, the main construction company on the project.
“On one end of the building you’re doing complete demolition and on this end we got flooring going in next week,” Vanoverschelde said.
Because of the shape of the building there really is no common floor plan. In total, 22 different floor plans are used for the 51 apartments. There will be one- and two-bedroom apartments.
“With the combination of different views and different floor plans, there probably are no two units alike,” Thomasson said.
The building also won’t just be housing units; there will be a commercial side/non-residential side.
Joining LSS Legacy Living will be the James River Senior Citizen and Community Center.
“Parking is the biggest issue,” said Laurie McGuire, executive director of the James River Senior Citizens and Community Center. “We have to turn away events because they look over the lot (and it’s full at the current location).”
JRSCC will likely move into the renovated building in January.
“The seniors are very excited and we’ve helped quite a few of our seniors with the application process for the apartments and that’s very exciting,” McGuire said.
A senior who typically spends his or her time at the senior center will have the ability to get breakfast or lunch, play cards with friends, take a nap and make it in time for dinner, she said.
There is also discussion about a coffee shop with homemade baked goods in the future.
Another aspect to benefit seniors is the Jamestown Wellness Center. No agreement has been worked out with management but Thomasson would like to see a discount for residents to use the exercise facility.
Another part of the commercial side is ME’s 21st Century Learning Center — a day care — which opened July 9.
“I asked around town and there really wasn’t anything except on Main Street and I didn’t want that because I wanted outdoor space,” said Emmy Hoffmann, director.
Hoffmann moved her day care from her home to LSS Legacy Living and expanded, with room now for 55 children — up from 12.
Thomasson said the LSS Legacy Living Center in Jamestown will be the first of its kind in the state with housing and other commercial services in the same facility.
“It’s really going to feel like a community place, not just an apartment building for people of a certain age,” she said.
Sun reporter Ben Rodgers can be reached at 701-952-8455 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dick Hall, retired CEO of Jamestown Hospial, and his wife, Geneal, contributed the cost of moving Jamestown Hospital’s original cornerstone and having it installed at Jamestown Regional Medical Center. “When we heard the cornerstone and inscription were going to be brought to the new facility, we were pleased that its historical value was being recognized,” Dick Hall said. “It’s a unique way of taking a bit of the past to the new location. I thought it would be a very nice way for us to be part of the new facility.”