Melanie Urban; Patient Quality Services Director at HaysMed & Kim Koerner; Infection Prevention Associate Health Nurse at HaysMed discuss their recent MIR certification recognizing the low infection rates at HaysMed. https://www.hayspost.com/2017/11/18/ectv-forum-melanie-urban-kim-koerner/
HAYS, Kan. (Nov. 20, 2017) –HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System, will host a Diabetes Symposium on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. The programs is jointly provided by HaysMed, The University of Kansas Medical Center Continuing Education and Professional Development and the Area Health Education Center – West. The program will be held at HaysMed in the Hadley Conference Rooms.
Registration and breakfast for the program begins at 8:30 am. The program runs from 9:00 am – 3:45 pm. This program is designed to improve the care of diabetic patients including, but not limited to, oral/injectable updates, patient resources, foot and vision care with diabetes.
Speakers for the program include: HaysMed speakers include: Anne Nicole Spray, APRN, Todd Meri, Pharm.D, BCPS, and Tara Roa, PA-C, CDE. Other presenters are Sherry Dryden, United way of Ellis County and Anthony J. Taylor, OD, FAAO, Family Eye Care, Hays; and Benjamin Weaver, DPM, CWS, DAPBOPPM, FACFOAM, FAPWCA, FCCWS, FAAPPM, FNAP, Central Kansas Podiatry, Wichita.
The program is designed for Physicians, PAs, APRN’s, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Social Workers, PTS, OTS and other interested Healthcare Professionals.
All participants are required to complete and sign a “verification of attendance” form. After the program, a certificate of completion will be provided to activity participants based on documentation of actual attendance time.
Physician: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The University of Kansas Medical Center Office of Continuing Medical Education and HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System. The University of Kansas medical Center Office of Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The KU Medical Center Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of the participation in this activity.
CNE: Hays Medical Center is approved as a provider of continued nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. The course offering is approved for 6.0 contact hours applicable for RN, or LPN re-licensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Approved Provider Number: LT0021-1138.
Paperwork will be provided to submit to KOTA and KPTA for credits.
An application has been submitted to ASRT. Approval is pending.
Ellis County EMS is an approved as a provider of continuing education for Emergency Medical Personnel. The course offering is approved for 6.0 contact hour applicable for all EMS recertification. Approved Provider Number: pp5800.
The fee for the program is $60 for non HaysMed employees, $30 for CAH employees. There is no registration fee for HaysMed, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital and St. Rose Health Center Associates. You can register online: www.haysmed.com/education and click on professional education or registering by calling 785-623-5500. You may pay online with a valid credit card or may choose to be invoiced.
Refund of CE fees: Workshop fees will be refunded if notification of cancellation is made 24-hours prior to the workshop. Cancellation: HMC reserves the right to cancel any workshop that does not meet enrollment quota. All pre-registered attendees; will receive a full refund.
The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.
HAYS, Kan. (Nov. 20, 2017) – HaysMed Hospice once again will be sponsoring a Community Memory Tree. With the holiday season approaching you can honor someone special in your life by donating $20 to the HaysMed Hospice. A brass dove ornament will be then be engraved with the name of the person you are honoring or remembering. The doves will be placed on one of two trees located at HaysMed and in the Dessin Fournir building at 308 W. Mill in Plainville.
For over 30 years, Hospice at HaysMed has lit the community and the surrounding area with hope, comfort and understanding for the terminally ill and their families. Donations enhance the resources available for education, support the volunteer and bereavement programs in their entirety and cover patient-related expenses not paid for by insurances.
Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Memory Tree form is available at https://www.haysmed.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Memorial-Tree-Flyer-2017.pdf For more information contact the HaysMed Hospice at 623-6200.
Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center
*I love the service here. I felt welcome every time I walked through the door and they really seemed to care about me.
Bone, Joint and Spine Center
*Had good care/friendly staff. Pain was kept in check as medicine was given on time. Food was good. Amber was very friendly and knowledgeable.
*My husband received very good care. All nurses, CNAs , PTs, OTs, Doctors were friendly, helpful and answered all questions. Food was brought up in a timely fashion and was good. A+.
PT, OT, Speech—In Patient Services
*PT/OT did excellent job taking care of me. They were very caring and sweet girls.
*I liked the care before surgery and after surgery. The staff and doctors were wonderful. They answered our questions and treated us with respect.
*The staff here at HaysMedical is truly awesome!!! We love Dr. Cheema and his staff and the nursing staff is awesome!! They have been right on top of everything that has been needed to take care of me, and appreciate them all as well as the cleanliness of this hospital!!!!! Recommend this hospital to everyone we know!!! Thank you ALL !!!! Recom-mend Dr. Cheema to everyone!!!
PT, OT, Speech—Out Patient Service
*Cari was especially caring and very helpful in the time I was taking therapy for a broken wrist. I liked Brett too. He evaluated my situation and started my exercises, checked on my progress. I recovered fast. These two therapists are very good. I would ask for them again if I ever have need for this type of treatment.
Ambulatory Care Center
*Every person who took care of me were excellent and very good. Liked them all from ad-mitting to surgery. Keep up the great work.
*Kaitlyn Dreitz was a wonderful nurse—very capable and compassionate.
Everyone was very nice and very helpful. Donna in housekeeping gave us information about motels to stay in. Info very helpful
*I thought I had very good care! Was by myself most of the time and never felt that I was neglected. Thank you all for the wonderful care. PS. Food was better than I remembered.
*Very good care! Especially Desiree and Crystal, RN. Dr. Thapa and her PA.
*My husband was recently transported to the Hays Hospital by ambulance from Dighton, Kansas because of a serious heart problem. From the moment he was checked into the cardiac unit he was cared for with urgency and kindness, as were the family members. My husband is 95 years old, but that seemed to make no difference to the staff. They gave him the same attention and care as a 25 year old might receive. That has not been our experience at times in other medical facilities. We so grateful and we thank all your doctors and staff.
*You are all great and I have appreciated the good care.
*All staff were very good and took the time to explain things and what was going to happen. There are too many names to remember. Nursing/PT/OT/Housekeeping…All were very good and answered questions as asked.
*Very nice staff and excellent care…very professional…highly recommended.
*Thank you for your services. I am feeling so much better. I can’t remember the name of all of the caregivers during my 2 stays at Hays Medical Center but they were all kind, compassionate and knowledgeable.
*Once again an outpatient at HaysMed. The experience was totally comfortable—everyone I came in contact with was extremely caring and helpful. Of course there’s always one that stands out and nurse Trish is a favorite. She goes out of her way to inform and show compassion and humor. Makes my stays much more pleasant.
Acute Care Unit
*I have no complaints at all with Dr. Miller in ER and all the staff there were fabulous. Also the 2nd floor acute unit – they were great, always caring and helpful—they were fabulous. Emily Disney, Hannah Dreiling, Kylie Geist, Gayla Binder, Karyn Brown, Carlie Morris, Emily Brack, Morgan Klaus, PT, OT, Respiratory—each and every one were above and beyond.
*We Dinkels are very please with what we consider excellent care for our father in 218. We have witnessed a great deal of care over many years and in many facilities; the care we received here was exceptional I want to especially highlight care and support given by Laura Schwindt, who went above and beyond my expectations. Thank you all for helping us during this difficult time.
*Excellent Service—kind people “which says it all”
Acute Care Unit continued
*Caseworker/social worker Kelly provided our family exceptional service throughout dad’s stay. She demonstrated compassion as well as exemplary skills while helping us to make very difficult decisions. She is astute and empathic as she helps families make incredibly hard choices on behalf of their loved ones. Her networking skills helps us develop a discharge plan that will be best suit my dad and family.
*They did a very good job and so appreciative of everything. Very good service.
*All staff were very knowledgeable, polite and had a very clear knowledge of their job. The most impressive hospital I have ever seen and all deserve a raise for what they do daily.
*Thank you to my nurses, especially Susan, for great support and help during labor and delivery. All nurses and staff present on Sept 12, 2017 at 10:30 am—11:30 am during the birth of our son. They were very encouraging and supportive to me. I appreciate too the time we had to ourselves with our baby right after birth, not being unnecessarily interrupted during the golden hour.
*Staff during pre op, recovery and once I got admitted to my room were very helpful and pleasant.
*All of the staff was wonderful for my delivery experience. Especially my nurse Abby, the anesthesiologist Dr. Menendez and the medical student Rebecca and of course Dr. Hoskins. Thank you so much.
*Kathy did a great job explaining things and coaching me through labor. Dr. Menendez—very quick putting epidural in and explained everything well. Carolyn—very nice and so cheerful and helpful—made us feel special!
*Patient care has been great. Loved interacting with the OB staff. No complaints at all for my nurses and PCTs!!
*I had the best nurses—Shannon P and Amanda in labor and delivery! They both went above and beyond to make sure I was well taken care of!! Best experience ever! Dr. Green did an amazing job! I will forever brag about his skills. Labor and delivery did a fantastic job—HaysMed should be proud of the 2 nurses.
*All of my nurses in OB have been amazing! Abby and LeAnn were both top notch! They made sure I got my meds on time and were both super friendly and helped me with whatever I/baby needed.
*We have had excellent care! Shannon has been great!
*My nurses were amazing. The whole staff was very helpful and made us feel comfortable during our stay.
*I am sorry to say that I don’t remember all of the names of the nurses who helped to care for me pre and post delivery but I had exceptional care while here. Could not have been better!~ Thank you.
*We received such amazing care from everyone we had contact with—the nurses, assistants, doctors and everyone in the OR. Everyone was so kind and knowledgeable. Thank you for helping us welcome our baby girl into this word. We have nothing but great things to say about our experience.
*We got nothing but the best from the nurses and doctors. They all took time to make sure they met our needs and answered our questions.
*Loved everything from start to finish. RN Jill with lactation was exceptional. All the clinic staff was helpful from receptionists to nurses. Aubrey in clinic was very helpful! Dr. Hoskins was very professional, kind and caring. I would recommend him to everyone! During delivery Susan, RN, Abby, RN, Amanda RN were mazing and there were other I just can’t remember their names. All of them were so kind, caring an skilled. Lolli, Patti, Alicia were so helpful with our baby, and Katlyn did a great job with babies first bath! Carolyn our PCT was so wonderful, helpful and does her job duties above and beyond expectation. Thank you for this amazing experience, also need to thank Dr. Green who did a fantastic job with my pain management. Lastly big thank to Dr. Pope and Dr. Heston for caring for our little one.
Nurse Leann, PCT Carolyn and Nurse Amanda were fantastic. They genuinely cared about how I felt and made me feel secure while here. Caring, genuine and professional. Thank You.
*As an outpatient, again, I’m always amazed going into surgery at how all the people involved take care of business and made you feel comfortable in the process. I’m sure I’ll be coming back for the same procedures, but it’s comforting to know how well you’re taken care of. Thank to all involved.
*Amy, Carmen and Macy have done a stellar job. Thank you.
*I feel I have been given very good care all the way through my treatment. I don’t see how it could have been better!
*Amy, Carmen and Macy are a pleasure to deal with. Each are very professional and knowledgeable.
HAYS, Kan. (Nov. 13, 2017) –In celebration of National Respiratory Therapy Week October 22 – 28 HaysMed Respiratory Services awarded their annual Breath of Fresh Air award to Crystal Raat, registered respiratory therapist. The award recognizes a respiratory therapist for their hard work and dedication.
The award winner is nominated and chosen by their peers and highlights an Associate who positively contributed the most teamwork and patient care during the year.
Raat has been with HaysMed since 2003.
At a news conference on Friday, the HaysMed Foundation announced that businessman and philanthropist Don Bickle and his wife, Chris, are donating $1 million to the HaysMed Foundation “Powerful Technology, A Look Inside” Campaign.
“We believe it’s important to commit to hometown organizations and we have a deep appreciation for HaysMed, their staff and the healthcare they provide,” stated Bickle. “Today we’re helping to fund equipment, but more importantly the gift will support quality specialty healthcare for all of our families, friends, and neighbors in the region.”
In recognition of their significant leadership gift, the HaysMed Bone, Joint & Spine Center will be named the “Don and Chris Bickle Bone, Joint & Spine Center.”
Campaign co-chairs Dr. Tom and Debra McDonald announced that $2.7 million had been received in gifts and pledges towards the $3 million goal. Recent major gifts included more than $50,000 from HaysMed Associates, $50,000 from the HaysMed Volunteers, and $25,000 from the Cecil and Brenda Crawford Family-Crawford Supply which endowed a fund.
A primary component of the Powerful Technology Campaign is a CT scanner that captures detailed images of vital organs in only a fraction of a second while significantly reducing the radiation dose up to 82% from traditional CT scanners. Another initiative of the campaign is the replacement of all patient monitors which will integrate with the electronic medical record system and offer a more comprehensive way to monitor patients’ health status. The renovation and equipment of two catheterization labs, and gifts for endowed funds are two other projects of the Campaign.
HaysMed President and CEO Eddie Herrman stated, “The Powerful Technology Campaign will help keep HaysMed on the cutting edge of technology for better diagnoses and treatment for the communities and patients we serve and help us maintain our place as a vital healthcare provider.”
Ruth Heffel, Executive Director of the HaysMed Foundation, encouraged people to consider investing in the Campaign for the health of citizens in the region.
About the HaysMed Foundation
The HaysMed Foundation is a qualified 501(c) (3) charitable organization whose mission is to support HaysMed, a private, not-for-profit hospital that provides the only tertiary level services in the region. The Foundation, in partnership with donors, seeks to meet both immediate and long-range health care needs of the people of western Kansas. An 18-member volunteer board guides the efforts of the Foundation. Donations can be sent to the HaysMed Foundation, 2220 Canterbury Drive, Hays, Ks. 67601 or by visiting www.haysmedfoundation.org/donate.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) at HaysMed Reduces Travel and Treatment Time for Patients Receiving Radiation Treatments
Hays, Kansas (Nov 2, 2017) – When Larry Dreiling learned he was a good candidate for a specialized form of radiation treatment, he thought it might entail traveling to Kansas City. But much to his “surprise and relief,” the treatment is available close to home at the Dreiling Schmidt Cancer Institute at HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System.
Dreiling, a 62-year-old Catherine resident, was originally diagnosed with kidney cancer in December 2009 and had a nephrectomy in February of the following year. In August of this year, an MRI detected a brain lesion and Dreiling was referred for Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS). This one-time radiation procedure, which was performed Sept. 14, uses extremely precise, high-power radiation.
“If HaysMed didn’t have this, I would have had to travel to The University of Kansas Hospital,” Dreiling said. “It would have taken about 4-and-a-half hours to drive there.
“Instead, I got up in the morning and the drive was only 15 minutes,” he continued. “This was a lot nicer – much less stress.”
The procedure took about an hour and 15 minutes. “There were no new side effects, except maybe a slight increase in the headaches,” Dreiling noted. “I don’t think the radiation held me back from doing anything. I took that afternoon off after the treatment but returned to work the following morning.”
Dreiling is a contract pumper in the oilfield, traveling throughout Ellis County to check the status of wells and tanks. Prior to the SRS treatment, he said there were “lots and lots of x-rays and lots and lots of planning on the part of the cancer institute staff. They had to ensure this high-dose radiation would be in the exact right spot.”
Dreiling noted he is “very thankful to Dr. Babu Prasad and Dr. Robert Rodriguez who go above and beyond. And they have an awesome staff that does the same.”
Leo Elms, dosimetrist/operations manager at Dreiling Schmidt, said that SRS is commonly used in the treatment of small metastatic brain lesions. “In the past, treatment for these types of tumors would entail treating the entire brain,” Elms said. “All the normal brain tissues would receive the same radiation dose as the tumor. But SRS zeroes in on the tumor, without affecting other tissues.” The process involves devising a computer plan that fulfills the oncologist’s prescription for radiation and stays within all the normal tissue dose constraints.
Elms also noted that the term “radiosurgery” is a bit misleading. “When people hear ‘radiosurgery,” they may think an incision is involved. However, there are no incisions made in the body with SRS,” he explained. “The radiation is precisely delivered with surgical accuracy. In addition, the procedure is minimally invasive and there are significantly fewer complications than with actual surgery. This type of treatment is optimal for our patients because the entire course is only one treatment. This saves time and significantly reduces travel and stress.”
SRS is a very complex treatment that requires the expertise of many staff members in the radiation oncology department. The team consists of a Medical Physicist, Medical Dosimetrist, Radiation Therapist, Nurses, and support staff. SRS would not be possible without the unique roll that each person brings to the table to treat these patients.
“We take great pride knowing we are offering the same or better care as many other larger cancer centers.” said Elms. “We are so fortunate to have the resources at HaysMed to provide this level of care for our patients in Western Kansas.”
Hays, KS (Nov 1, 2017) – Edward Herrman began his duties October 26 as HaysMed’s new president and chief executive officer. Herrman, who was president of INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center in Enid, Oklahoma, was selected following an extensive national search.
Herrman will be working closely with leadership, the HaysMed board and health system leadership in Kansas City to continue the progress toward greater collaboration. “Supporting the community and region is important.” Herrman noted. “By working together, we can strengthen our team, our partnership with our teammates in Kansas City and provide even more robust care for our patients in Hays and western Kansas.
Herrman received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Oklahoma City University and a master of business administration/healthcare administration degree from the University of Phoenix.
Herrman served on the board of directors for numerous community organizations in Enid, including United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, Northwest Oklahoma Blood Institute, Denny Price YMCA, Vance Development Authority and Enid High Education Council. He is past-president of the Oklahoma Organization for Nurse Executives, and a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“I’m challenged by the opportunity to continue the legacy that HaysMed has begun” said Herrman “And excited that Hays is part of The University of Kansas Health System, whose mission is to take care of Kansans.”
His parents were raised in La Crosse and he still has many relatives in the area contributing to his familiarity with rural healthcare. He sees the challenges for HaysMed are similar to those in other facilities similar to Hays. Recruiting specialty care physicians and providing adequate primary care.
Plans for the coming months include meeting with local and regional partners to help strengthen the relationships. “Having healthy communities both in Hays and Western Kansas is important to HaysMed.” Said Herrman. Our goal is to offer support so patients can receive the care they need, where and when they need it.”
Herrman and his wife Ashley have been married 18 years and have 3 children, daughter Amelia, 11 and sons Landon, 9 and Dalton, 6. His family will be joining him as soon as possible.
“There are many exciting changes planned for HaysMed and I am looking forward to working with everyone to ensure they occur.”