Nashville, Tenn. As an engineer for HCA’s Information Security Assurance team, Keith Walker knows a thing or two about making sure information gets communicated safely and effectively. The Red Cross has been taking full advantage of his know-how as it works to bolster emergency preparedness throughout Tennessee, and has now honored Walker for a second year in a row for his assistance in meeting that challenge. “A number of years ago I began searching for a Red Cross volunteer who would be willing to lead our Emergency Communications Department on a statewide basis,” says David Kitchen, Chief Emergency Services Officer… Read more.
Police officers will improve safety Some HCA hospitals will soon have onsite security in the form of off-duty police officers stationed in their emergency departments (EDs) around the clock, a move designed to improve safety for everyone. “We’re continuing to be proactive in providing a safer and more secure work environment for employees, staff, patients and visitors,” says Tim Portale, Chief Safety & Security Officer. EDs often need extra attention Real and threatened incidents of violence can happen in EDs because of the crowded and stressful situations that accompany emergencies. ED patients are sometimes involved with crimes, weapons, or violence… Read more.
Awareness month highlights need for annual vaccine National Immunization Awareness Month, or NIAM, is a time to remind people to obtain their immunizations in order to protect their health. NIAM is every August, an important time of year because that’s when adolescents, preteens, teenagers and even college students need to receive the appropriate vaccinations before returning to school. NIAM also serves as a reminder for pregnant women to receive immunizations to protect their baby from diseases such as pertussis. It also reminds adults to check to make sure that their immunizations are up to date. That’s important, because the influenza… Read more.
HCA Today web site showcases the human side of HCA You needn’t go far to find inspiration at your HCA facility. Just look around you. A series of videos featuring your colleagues is currently posted on HCA Today (www. hcatodayblog.com). There you will find true stories about amazing people, barriers overcome and unmatched compassion for others. These are must-see testimonials for inspiration and motivation. “Last year, we began looking at our site to see what was getting the most attention, and found that the most visits were to stories on our blog which featured [real stories] from real people,” says… Read more.
Music offers many benefits. It might seem odd to have a piano in the lobby, or a strolling violinist on a post-op ward, but for the staff and patients of Good Samaritan Hospital, it’s the perfect counter to what can be a stressful environment.
If you are like me, whenever anything happens in the world, your smartphone vibrates and alerts pop on the screen. Mostly, we just note them in passing. But, once in a while, we grab our flashlights and weather radios and head for our safe rooms. Immediate action is necessary. Like severe weather alerts, HCA’s Employee Wellness Program is aimed at calling our attention to potential health risks that should trigger immediate action on our part. Unlike a tornado or hurricane, health risks have no color radar tracking and may not cause symptoms for months or years. However, taking action now… Read more.
YMCA Opens Branch on Hospital Campus Some HCA employees just got a shorter commute from the job to the gym. In July 2012, the YMCA opened a branch at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville, one of the Y’s first on-site facilities at a hospital in the country. Housed in more than 4,900 square feet on the TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center campus, the new facility offers the holistic health and wellness services traditionally offered through a Y membership. In addition, TriStar Southern Hills staff will soon provide on-site cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services, for which a Y membership… Read more.
Despite all that we have come to expect from living in a free and civilized society, tragedies in Newtown, Aurora and other U.S. cities remind us that we should never take safety for granted and must always be prepared to react to the unthinkable. Hospitals and healthcare facilities may not only receive the victims of shootings, they may be the scene of the event. The same is true of any office building or public venue. Based on guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on how to respond to an “active shooter” incident, HCA created two model policies:… Read more.
When Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce, FL. prepared to open its new Pediatric ICU, officials knew they wanted parents and children to see all the services that would be offered. Trouble is, they didn’t want to scare the children as they walked through what can be an intimidating place.
Real Data Right Now Taking vital signs is a mainstay of quality healthcare. It’s also one of the most labor-intensive tasks facing nurses and medical staff, who until now, have taken the information, written it on charts and later transferred it to a patient’s electronic health record.