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.

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Golf “fore” Legendary Healthcare

FoundationGolf13_WEBThe Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) Foundation 3rd Annual GOLF “fore” GOOD Tournament is scheduled for Friday, July 19, 2013 at the Jamestown Country Club. This event is co-sponsored by Timco, IRET Properties and The Davis Group with the proceeds benefiting state-of-the-art health care equipment purchases at JRMC.

Registration per player is $100 and includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, cart rental, dinner, sunglasses and more. Lunch and putting contest start at 11:00 a.m. and the tournament will start at 12:30 p.m. The hole-in-one is presented by Don Wilhelm. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, closest to the pin, longest putt, closest to the cooler and others.

A dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. with an auction and raffle drawing to follow.

To register your team, be a sponsor or buy a $5 raffle ticket call Penny at (701) 952-4880. Deadline for registration is July 12.

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.

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.