CCMH is celebrating our "Rock Stars of healthcare”-that’s the theme for this year’s National Hospital Week, May 10-16, 2015. It celebrates the men and women who, day in and day out, remain committed to improving the health of their communities through compassionate care, constant innovation and unwavering, unmatched dedication. This is the annual opportunity to thank the dedicated individuals—physicians, therapist, technologist, nurses, support staff, volunteers, administrators and so many more—for their commitment. It’s also a great time for us to tell the hospital story and publicly reinforce the vital role hospitals play in their community’s overall health, which extends far beyond strictly providing medical care.
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CCMH will host their annual blood drive on Thursday, May 14th from 11:30 - 3 p.m. Community Blood Bank from Kansas City is making appointments online at savealifenow.org by clicking the "Schedule an Appointment" icon and enter sponsor code CARROLLCMH.
The event will be located at CCMH in the Jefferson Park dining room. You can enter through the Senior Center doors. CCMH will be providing a shuttle service as a courtesy to take you to and from your car.
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CCMH was able to implement a Career Advancement Program for Professional Nurses through a grant with the Missouri Hospital Association. The career ladder was rolled out in April of 2014. After one year of hard work and dedication to the Nursing Profession, CCMH, our patients, and our community, I am pleased to announce that Becky Cook has successfully challenged the Career Ladder and is an RN 2!
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Carroll County Memorial Hospital gathered at the conclusion of National Hospital Week to share with the community the growth of the past year and the roadmap of the year to come. The annual Community Bar-B-Q was hosted Friday in the CCMH parking lot. The event was attended by more than 357 community members and staff. As has become tradition the Carrollton Area Career Center FFA Chapter members were the consummate hosts. “Perfect weather, great food & service and ton of support that is the recipe for success to this event”, Jeff Tindle, Chief Executive Officer proudly shared.
CCMH proudly displayed information regarding four different programs: community service, eco-friendly, CCMH Foundation and wellness. Community service is a no brainer for some, and scary thing for others. “It is part of our core values here at CCMH and something we strive to involve every staff member,” Shannon Jordan, Chief Operating Officer at CCMH shared. “We need to support those who support us as a facility, a community and a society as a whole. It does not have to be a colossal project to have a profound impact.” Some of the service projects CCMH has participated in the past year include: Carroll County Fair, Carroll County Relay For Life, Carrollton Chamber Lighted Parade, Food Drive for Ministerial Alliance, Food Drive to name just a few. During this week CCMH employees participated in a variety of carnival like games at the cost of canned food donations for the Carrollton Food Pantry, more than 100 cans were collected. “This year we are launching some new projects” Jordan shared, “we have adopted a room at the Carroll County Historical Museum and we have adopted a stretch of south 65 Highway. We are excited to about the new opportunities these projects bring to CCMH.”
Everywhere you look you see and hear about being eco-friendly. CCMH is no exception. Under the direction of Marty Rucker, Chief Support Officer at CCMH, the facilities of Carroll County Memorial Hospital have begun the journey to reduce their carbon foot print. “This just makes sense,” Rucker shared, “by being more conscious about waste we in turn reduce cost. Cost reduction is key to offsetting reimbursement reductions that we are experiencing.” CCMH’s goal is a ten percent reduction in utility costs during the next fiscal year. In addition, CCMH has launched a recycling program for aluminum, paper and plastic on campus and liquidating surplus equipment. “Profits for these two projects have been used to purchase and update equipment and tools for the facility” Rucker stated.
Carroll County Memorial Hospital Foundation has been busy during its first few months of existence. Recently hosting its first fundraising event a 5K Walk/Run held May 5th the Foundation is off and running. “We were tremendously pleased with the support and participation level of the 5K event. We look forward to future events of this type in continuing with our quest of community wellness and Foundation work” shared Jeanne Rector, Chief Nursing Officer at CCMH. The Foundation is responsible for charitable and educational purposes specifically for the benefit of the Carroll County Memorial Hospital, including establishing and managing scholarship funds, specific project and equipment donations. “This is something you see in nearly every hospital you visit” Rector explained, “and we are proud to begin this tradition and look forward to seeing the growth of the Foundation and its impact on the facility and community.”
Target Health is CCMH’s wellness program. Employee’s and their spouses are eligible to participate in this wellness program at no cost. Beyond the obvious incentive of health and wellness participants are able to earn and enjoy premium reduction on the CCMH health plan or cash incentive for non-plan participants. “This year the goal is awareness”, Amy Ireland, Chief Revenue Officer, “Once people understand the state of their health and wellness then a plan can be developed to address those areas of need.”
“What an exciting week” Jeff Tindle said as he addressed the employees of CCMH, “Thanks to everyone that participated, prepared or lead an event and those that worked tirelessly behind the scenes. I am very proud of each of you and the care you provide our patients. We are clearly moving in the right direction and it could not happen without each of you doing what you do. Keep the PRIDE and hard work. More great things are on the horizon.”
For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital or an appointment, visit our website www.carrollcountyhospital.org or call 660-542-1695.