DCMH Highlights National Nutrition Month
April 01, 2014
Written by the Greensburg Daily News — In March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics invited the country to “Enjoy the Taste of Easting Right,” through the academy’s annual observance of National Nutrition Month.
Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) dietician Holly Pray and Marketing & Communications manager Lynzee McDowell were all too happy to accept that invitation and extend it to both hospital employees and to the community at large.
In a recent interview, McDowell told the Daily News, “DCMH offers several programs throughout the year that focus on all types of wellness: physical, financial, environmental and more. As we (DCMH) celebrate National Nutrition Month, we see March as an opportunity to highlight the many nutrition-related programs and services we offer our community.”
Among the initiatives Pray and McDowell worked and promoted in March is DCMH’s just-concluded “LiveWELL” program. LiveWELL, Pray explained was created in 2012 as a way to promote a healthy lifestyle at DCMH and in Decatur County at large.
DCMH Family Practice physician Jennifer Fletcher, MD, has participated in LiveWell and achieved impressive results.
The 2014 edition, Pray explained, started in January and ran continuously through March 31.
LiveWELL focuses on four elements of Living Well, including nutrition, fitness, physiological well-being and technology.
Expanded Board Guides DCMH
March 27, 2014
Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) has responded proactively to the transitions in healthcare by expanding its Board of Trustees to meet the changing needs. Thursday evening marked the first official meeting for the newly expanded DCMH Board. read more ...
In the fall of 2013, long-time board members, Toni Collins and Tim Nobbe announced their retirement from the Hospital Board and they served in their final meetings last month. Over a combined 30+ years of service Collins and Nobbe helped guide significant changes, including multiple building projects, service enhancements, national and state recognitions and many more positive initiatives for the Hospital. Many on the DCMH team have expressed appreciation for their decades of leadership and involvement.
“The expectations for a Hospital Board of Trustees and their governance have grown exponentially over the years,” commented DCMH President and CEO, Linda Simmons. “Expanding regulations, the changing environment and additional committees have increased demands on the time of our Board. As a result, they recognized the need to involve individuals from the community with diverse backgrounds and resources who could help with these additional responsibilities.”
The DCMH Board approached the Decatur County Commissioners regarding the expanded roles and made the recommendation to increase the size of the governing body from seven to nine total members as allowed by Indiana statute.
Patient Safety Awareness Week
March 04, 2014
Written by Greensburg Daily News — The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has declared March 2 to 8, “Patient Safety Awareness Week.”
According to NPSF’s website, the event is an “annual education and awareness campaign for healthcare safety,” designed to create awareness in the communities served by hospitals both within the United States and around the world.
At local hospital Decatur County Memorial (DCMH), vice president of patient care Diane McKinney told the Daily News the hospital isn’t holding special events or doing anything out of the ordinary to observe patient safety awareness. In McKinney’s view, no one week of any given year at DCMH can be singled out as being more important for patient safety than any other.
“Every week is patient safety week,” she said.
According to McKinney, DCMH has “all kinds of initiatives and processes in place to insure that [patient] care is safe.”
The hospital, she explained, works through a partnership with the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA), which supplies DCMH with a Federal grant to focus on 10 key areas of patient safety. Those areas include the prevention of hospital-developed infections, DVT (deep vein thrombosis – a specific, serious type of blood clot) prevention, adverse-drug-event prevention, patient-fall prevention and pressure-ulcer prevention (which are caused when a patient lays or sits in one position too long). The 10 IHA key focus areas also include an obstetrics-related (the OB of OB/GYN) emphasis on preventing early-elective deliveries in women less than 39 weeks pregnant.
Spirit of Women
Decatur County Memorial Hospital is a member of Spirit of Women, a network of more than 150 premier hospitals and health systems throughout the United Stated dedicated to advancing the cause of women's health.
This exciting program promotes Decatur County Memorial Hospital as the regional leader in women's health education and community outreach.
Spirit of Women is a national movement for women's wellness led by local leading hospitals such as Decatur County Memorial Hospital and supported by corporate partners and national media with the mission to motivate women and their families to make positive changes in their lives by emphasizing their total well being.
Spirit of Women at Decatur County Memorial Hospital has plenty of exciting events coming up!
March 19, 2014
COLUMBUS – The Annual Hospital Foundation gala is just around the corner, and we'd like you to experience a "South Pacific Sunset."
It's the social event of the season and marks our largest annual fundraiser. The gala takes place Friday, April 11, with all proceeds benefiting the work of Decatur County Memorial Hospital. You can enjoy a delicious dinner by Lemley's Catering, entertainment from the Ladies for Liberty and Cox Brothers, dancing with Indy Hula, our Cash for Cards activity and so much more. For information or reservations visit dcmh.net/gala or phone our Hospital Foundation office at 663-1220. It's an unforgettable night for a great cause.
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March 7, 2014
Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) received $12,290.50 in grants from the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County to support programs and services. The funds are raised by the Hospital Foundation through the daffodil project, special events such as the Gala and Golf Outing, and through individual donations and bequests.
Programs receiving funding this round include:
Tree City Medical Partners was awarded $1500 for the purchase of an automatic urine chemistry analyzer. The new equipment will allow for comprehensive point -of-care urinalysis in routine testing, detection of early kidney disease and HCG pregnancy testing to improve clinical decisions. This system can also connect directly into the patient’s electronic health record, providing instant assistance in the analysis process.
February 28, 2014
GREENSBURG — Based on numbers revealed Thursday afternoon at the Annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon of the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County, 2013 was a year of marked growth for the foundation.
Foundation director Bryan Robbins opened the event with an overview of 2013’s initiatives and events, including the 2013 Annual Gala, which raised $47,000; the annual “Event ‘Fore’ Caring” golf tournament, which added $15,000; and the 2013 Capital Campaign, which funded Decatur County Memorial Hospital’s (DCMH) new Medical-Surgical unit, which was phase I of a two-phase construction project.
That campaign, Robbins announced, gathered funding from 463 donors, raising $1.4 million and recruiting more than 75 volunteers along the way.