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Board of Directors Met in October

October 30, 2012

McCook,Nebraska—Community Hospital Board of Directors received updates on the hospital’s low infection rates, the upcoming An Evening for Hospice event and Phase 2B progress among other topics at their October 24 meeting.

Low Infection Rates

Sharon Conroy, RN, Community Hospital Infection Control nurse touted the low infection rates atCommunityHospital. Directors heard the first and second quarter reports for January through June. In January and February,CommunityHospitalpatients received no (0%) surgical site infections on orthopedic surgery patients. In March, the surgical site infection rate for orthopedic surgery patients was less than 0.1%. This is far below the national infection rate of 2.0 %.

During the second quarter, there were no (0%) surgical site infections for targeted surveillance of cholecystectomy/hernia/appendectomy surgical patients in April. In May, the surgical site infection rate was .01%, and in June, the surgical site infection rate was 1.0%.

In six months of monitoring,CommunityHospitalhad only one Foley catheter associated infection.

An Evening for Hospice

The directors heard a report on the upcoming An Evening for Hospice event, which will be held Sunday, November 18 atCommunityHospitalin the Prairie View Conference Rooms. The evening will close with a Celebration of Life lighting ceremony in theHealingGarden. The public can commemorate loved ones in memory of, or in honor of as part of the lighting ceremony by donating a gift of $10 for each person to be remembered.

The garden will remain lighted throughout the holiday season to symbolically remember those being honored. For forms and more information, contact the Community Hospital Health Foundation at308-344-7222. Forms are due by November 10.

Phase 2B Report

Work to remodel the former surgery area is going very well, but is about two weeks behind, according to Jim Ulrich, Community Hospital President andCEO. Much of the area is being dry walled at this time. New public bathrooms by the emergency department will be opened next week. The temporary walls by the emergency room desk will be moved from the east side of the hallway to the west side as remodeling begins in the emergency department and the chemotherapy area is expanded.

Phase 2B will add an additional draw room to the laboratory, a relocated office for the laboratory director, new public bathrooms, new respiratory therapy department, a new sleep center, physician and nurse anesthetist sleeping areas, expanded and remodeled radiology department and six chemo chairs added in an expanded and dedicated chemo area.

Annual Meeting

The 43rd annual meeting of the membership of the Community Hospital Association will be Tuesday, November 6 at 4 p.m. at Community Hospital.

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