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Major Milestone

Texas, Alaska hospitals mark 50th anniversaries  The climate and communities couldn’t be more different for Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage and San Antonio’s Methodist Hospital, but when it comes to celebrating a half-century of service, the feeling was just the same. Both facilities have been recognizing their 50-year anniversaries with a variety of community events, showcasing all that they have done, and continue to do, for the citizens they serve. And if the last 50 years are any indication, the next 50 stand to be even better as each hospital continues to provide the most advanced treatments and compassionate care… Read more.

Hitting Their Stride

Coaching lays the groundwork for current and future success For HCA-affiliated employees who have gone through health and wellness coaching, the results have been significant. Participants have lost weight, lowered their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, begun to eat healthier and increased their physical activity level. More importantly, working with H2U health and wellness coaches has helped many people lay a foundation of healthier behaviors that successfully lead to long-term changes. As anyone who’s been through the process will tell you, coaching is great — but the lifestyle changes must continue long after the coaching sessions end. Meet a few… Read more.

Healing Notes

Credentialed music therapists harness the power of music to treat patients  Everyone has had the experience of hearing a song that not only sparks a memory, but also brings back the emotions attached to that memory in vivid detail. A melody may soothe our nerves, make us cry, bring a smile, even push us to keep running for just one more mile. So it is no surprise that music is also an effective tool in treating patients. “I work in behavioral health, using music to help patients develop coping skills, gain insight and learn to express feelings in a positive… Read more.

Lessons Learned

Collaborative effort reduces readmissions across 24-facility test area Eliminating avoidable readmissions will always be a goal for all HCA hospitals — with the dual aim of improving the quality of care and conserving healthcare resources. So when a group of 24 hospitals formed the Avoidable Readmissions Collaborative and set out to redesign care processes and share their learning, the entire company was paying attention. The need is immediate. Beginning on Oct. 1, 2012, 77 percent of HCA facilities saw some reduction in Medicare payments under the CMS’s Readmission Reduction Program. The maximum reduction last year was 1 percent, but it… Read more.

Keeping Watch

Virtual Patient Observation program pays off with reduced falls Preventing falls is a key element to quality patient care, and it also can be a costly element of hospital staffing. At Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, new technology has been deployed to both increase safety and lower costs — a win-win for patients and staff alike. “In Fall of 2012, a comparison of Clear Lake’s patient sitter hours against other facilities our size highlighted a costly patient sitter department and general lack of structure,” says Chad Lockhart, Assistant Administrator. “Sitter requests did not have clearly structured approval channels, giving way… Read more.

Rapid Response

Natural disasters and numerous applications don’t slow down Hope Fund help HCA facilities do a great job of supporting the Hope Fund because employees see how those funds help their colleagues. There also are usually one or two people who are willing to share their story of how the Hope Fund assisted them, which makes the point in a very personal way. At some facilities, however, those one or two stories can be multiplied by the dozens. Because when natural disasters strike, the Hope Fund is ready to help as many people as needed, and to do so quickly and… Read more.

Honor Roll

80 percent of HCA hospitals make The Joint Commission list HCA has made quite a splash on The Joint Commission’s 2013 list of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ — 110 splashes, to be exact. Those 110 facilities, or 80 percent of HCA’s U.S. hospitals, are on TJC’s list of 1,099 top performers. The list is the top one-third of all hospitals reporting core measure performance data to TJC for 2012. Fifty-five HCA hospitals have been Top Performers all three years of the program’s existence, and 20 HCA hospitals are first-time Top Performers. “This distinction by The Joint Commission is significant because the… Read more.

Hand-Wash-Monitor

Improving Clean Hand Technology

Reminders will help lower infections by increasing hand sanitizing Reducing infections is at the core of many patient safety efforts throughout HCA, and now new technology is helping to make the first line of defense – good hand hygiene – even easier. Everyone who comes into contact with patients, or enters patient rooms, should have clean hands. But sometimes when there’s a great deal of activity going on, it’s easy to forget a quick hand-wash when entering or leaving. That’s why devices, synched with a card employees will carry, are being placed in rooms to remind staff about hand hygiene.… Read more.

HCA Kidney Patient Meets Donor

Hospital arranges for kidney recipient to meet donor

Since the mid-1980s, Ralph Gonzales’ life has been a series of doctor and hospital visits. He suffered from end-stage renal disease at age 10, received a kidney transplant two years later, suffered through a second kidney failure and was placed back on dialysis.

Blankets for Babies Program

Blankets for Babies provides warm start for newborns

When Kathi Hamilton’s husband, Joe, began his one- year term as District Governor of Rotary International District 5170 in July 2012, she planned to accompany him on visits to the nearly 60 clubs in the district.

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