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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Once again, Carroll County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) is on the move, making renovations to their facility that will enhance their service to the community. The main focus of the current work is the Emergency Room (ER). Patrons will have noticed the construction work blocking the former ER entrance. Dirt work to raise the surface up to accomodate the new drive is visible from the parking lot. The ER is being replaced and when the renovations are finishd, CCMH will have an ER that is 25% larger and will have a waiting area.
Due to the renovations, patients needing ER services are asked to use the main lobby entrance. Jeff Tindle, Associate CEO at CCMH, stated that the front desk will be staffed 24 hours a day to accomodate emergencies. During the transition, ER services will take place in the GI Lab.
Other changes are being made as well. Much of the work is shielded behind temporary walls to protect the hallways from dust and clutter. The former courtyard, which Tindle stated was underused, will be put to better use as a Radiology Department. "The challenge will be getting a roof over it," he said, "but we’ll do it. We will upgrade and relocate the current Computed Tomography (CT) service as well as replace the two half-day mobile Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) service with an permanent in-house MRI unit. This will enhance care for the community," he added.
Medical Records (or Health Information) has already seen changes. "With the use of electronic medical records, we have less demand for space than before," he said. Health Information has been relocated to their permanent location on the southern hall of the retired Intermediate Care (IC) wing."
Former patient rooms and the IC wing are now being renovated for uses as offices and meeting rooms. "We’re doing lots of shifting," noted Tindle. "There will be a full-time education room with a permanent Smart Board. The training and education we can do here will be a real asset to the hospital. Some of the old rooms will now be back in service.
"The ER is our first priority," he added. "The ambulance services are working with us but we want the community to know how to access the emergency services during this transition". "When they come, there may be a short delay, since the front desk is handling more than one service." He noted that the process is "making extra work for people," but there has been no disruption to patient care. The work to the ER is expected to be concluded in three months, and the other departments in approximately six months.
This is the first phase of a long-term plan for the physical structure of the facility. This work is in addition to the renovations done over the last decade. "We fully appreciate the support of the community," stated Jerry Dover, CEO of CCMH. "We have put over $20 million back into the facility over the last 12 years."