JRMC Auxiliary to Host Jewelry Sale

Join the JRMC Auxiliary as they host a jewelry sale on Tuesday, September 24th at Jamestown Regional Medical Center. The sale will run from 7 am – 4 pm in the lower level conference room. All jewelry and accessories will be $5. Cash and debit/credit cards are accepted. The proceeds will benefit the JRMC Auxiliary.

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JRMC Auxiliary to Host Tea

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Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) Auxiliary will host the 10th annual Tea for All Seasons at Trinity Lutheran Church on Wednesday, September 11, from 2 to 4 pm. Tea, sandwiches and sweets will be served, along with a silent auction and door prizes. Tickets are $7.00 per person and can be purchased from any JRMC Auxiliary member or at the JRMC Gift Shoppe.

“Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward purchasing medication planners for JRMC Home Health clients,” stated Nancy Jo Johnston, volunteer coordinator at JRMC.

For more information call JRMC volunteer services/Auxiliary at 701-952-4809.

JRMC has ‘baby boom’ of 8

9513_7babiesPublished in the Jamestown Sun
By: Charly Haley

There’s been a “baby boom” in Jamestown.

Eight babies were born between Tuesday and Thursday at the Jamestown Regional Medical Center Family BirthPlace, said Emily Woodley, BirthPlace nursing manager.

After the eighth birth, all eight of the newborns were in the nursery at the same time for a few hours Thursday morning, but two were discharged later in the day, Woodley said.

The last time she remembers the Family BirthPlace caring for this many babies at once was two years ago, also around Labor Day weekend.

“It’s so funny that it was the same time of year,” Woodley said.

Staff members dubbed it “the baby boom,” Woodley said. There were five boys and three girls born.

A lot of teamwork went into caring for the eight babies and their mothers.

“We pull from other units and just work together to make it work,” Woodley said. “We called in extra staff … people are always willing to help.”

Depending on staff members’ specialties, some would work with only mothers, others would work with only babies and others worked with both.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Woodley said.

Sun reporter Charly Haley can be reached at 701-952-8455 or by email at chaley@jamestownsun.com

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.

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.