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PCRMC Receives Safety Score of “A” from Leapfrog Group

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) received a hospital safety score of “A” from the Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization founded by leading employers and private healthcare purchasers in the United States. Leapfrogfocuses on measuring and transparently reporting hospital safety performance through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The survey is an evidence-based national tool that examines hospital safety, quality and resource utilization.

Leapfrog’s Hospital Survey is a trusted source that hospitals throughout the United States participate in free of charge. The goals of the survey are to publicly report hospital quality and safety information so consumers can make informed decisions about their healthcare choices. The Leapfrog Group uses the survey to inform consumers about a hospital’s record of patient safety, which allows consumers to make proactive choices to protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

The Leapfrog Group calculates a hospital safety score for over 2,500 hospitals throughout the nation based on data gathered and compiled in 30 categories from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), the Joint Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Phelps County Regional Medical Center received the highest possible score with a letter grade of an “A.” Only 31% of the U.S. hospitals received an “A” rating, which accounts for only 798 hospitals in the nation. Of the 60 hospitals surveyed in Missouri, only 14 received a letter grade of “A,” which means PCRMC scored higher than many of Missouri’s larger, bigger city healthcare systems.  PCRMC was successful in the following areas:

  • Communication with nurses
  • Discharge information
  • Zero foreign body retained after surgery/procedure
  • Zero air embolism
  • Falls and trauma
  • Low number of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia
  • Low number of Clostridium difficile (C.Diff) infections (better than the National Benchmark)
  • Low number of Stage 3 or 4 pressure ulcers (hospital acquired)
  • Zero colon surgical site infections

“Our mission at PCRMC is to provide world-class healthcare. The Leapfrog score shows that our nursing staff, physicians and employees are dedicated to giving our patients and community the highest quality and safest care possible,” says Keri Brookshire-Heavin, SVP/Chief Nursing Officer. “The Leapfrog survey is a great recognition of the hard work PCRMC has done; part of our hospital’s goal is to continually strive for improvement and become our best.”

Patient quality and safety is a constant area of focus at PCRMC. “The Leapfrog grade is an indicator of the work PCRMC does to persistently focus on patient safety and quality,” says CEO Ed Clayton. “We are pleased with the score, but we also recognize that providing high quality care for our patients requires ongoing process improvement. We will continue to do the work necessary to ensure PCRMC remains one of the safest and best hospitals in the nation.”

Donate Life Month - Blog

April is National Donate Life Month!

April is National Donate Life Month (NDLM), a month to celebrate those who have received transplants, to recognize those who continue to wait, to honor donors and donor families and to thank registered donors for giving hope.

An estimated 122,000 men, women and children in the United States are currently awaiting lifesaving transplants, and another person is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes. You can help by registering to be an organ and tissue donor. A single donor can save the lives of up to 8 people and help more than 50 others.

People of all ages and medical histories can be potential donors. Your medical condition and circumstances of your death will determine what organs and tissues can be donated. The important thing right now is to make the decision to be a donor and register your decision.

You can sign up to be an organ donor in Missouri by taking the following steps to ensure your life-saving decision is honored:

  • Make a decision about organ and tissue donation;
  • Join the Missouri organ and tissue donor registry;
  • Inform your family, friends, faith leader and healthcare provider of your decision; and
  • Complete the back of your driver’s license with a permanent marker.

Become an organ donor and help offer countless people the opportunity to live healthy, productive and quality lives. Register today at http://donatelife.net!


Prevent an Adverse Drug Event by Knowing Your Meds!

Over 60% of adults in the United States older than 65 years old take at least 5 medications each week; 15% of people 65 years or older take at least 10 medications each week. An up-to-date medication list provides real-time information to healthcare providers for routine visits as well as emergencies, when the person might be physically unable to vocalize what medications he or she takes.

Patients should know the following about the medications they take:
• Name
• Strength
• Dose
• Frequency
• Last date and time taken

Medication reconciliation is a process that reduces medication errors like omissions, duplications, dosing
errors or drug interactions. One of the easiest ways to keep up-to-date on medication is to keep a record or a list in a wallet, or to take a picture of the medication list and have it available on a cell phone as an
image for easy reference.

To print a personal Medication Record, please visit http://www.wapatientsafety.org/downloads/My-Medication-record.pdf.

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The Art of Snacking Smart

So, you made healthy food choices for breakfast and lunch. Good for you! But now it is 3 p.m., lunch is a distant memory, and your stomach will not stop growling. The vending machine outside of your office is calling to you again–that familiar, siren song–but you know the vending machine snacks are not the most healthy, or nutritious. You are helpless to resist the appeal (and convenience) of the quick, not-so-good-for-you snack. Right? Not so fast…

PCRMC Registered/Licensed Dietitians, Cheryl Abrams and Courtney Heine, share some of the following ideas to help you stay on-track with your healthy eating plan:

  • Plan ahead. Keep a variety of nutritious, ready-to-eat options at your desk, such as fruits, pre-cut veggies, granola bars, and nuts and seeds.
  • Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals or eating a carbohydrate-heavy diet can contribute to cravings and overeating later in the day.
  • Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day. Eating 6 small meals during the day and balancing your carbohydrate and protein intake can help with satiety.
  • Get up and move. Don’t eat unless you are truly hungry. Moving around can help combat cravings caused from boredom, fatigue or stress.
  • Watch portions. A snack is supposed to be around 200 calories, for example 1/4 cup dried blueberries and 12 pistachios. Pre-portioned servings will help you from overeating.

Abrams and Heine also suggest snacking-smart on protein smoothies, yogurt parfaits, cheese cubes and whole-wheat crackers. The key to success is preparation. Take that vending machine!

For more healthy snacking ideas, please visit http://www.eatright.org/.

Colon Cancer

Dress in Blue for Colon Cancer Awareness!

National Dress in Blue Day will be celebrated tomorrow, Friday, March 1. The Colon Cancer Alliance started Dress in Blue Day in 2009 to bring awareness about colon cancer prevention and to celebrate those affected by the disease.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but through regular screenings it is one of the most preventable. If you are 50 or older, talk to your doctor about screening options. When colorectal cancer is detected early, the chance of survival is very good.

“Some people assume that without a family history of colorectal cancer, they don’t need to get screened, but this is not true; only 10 or 20 percent of those with colorectal cancer have relatives who had the disease. People with a confirmed history, though, should talk to their doctor about getting screened before they turn 50,” says Tina Warnol, RN, manager of the PCRMC Endoscopy Department.

Warnol says that colon cancer can affect all ages, so recognize the following warning signs:

  • Blood in or on the stool; a change in bowel habits; or stools that are narrower than usual
  • General stomach discomfort or frequent gas pains
  • Weight loss that occurs despite no change in daily habits or diet
  • Chronic fatigue

If you have any of these symptoms, please discuss them with your doctor immediately.