Hospital Foundation Stages Successful Gala
April 15, 2013
More than 400 people attended the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County’s gala event on Friday evening held at The Commons at Columbus. With a theme of “Tuscany at Twilight” the event featured a variety of entertainment, and seemed to fit the advanced billing of “the social event of the season.” The gala raised over $47,000 in support of future grants to be awarded to Decatur County Memorial Hospital by the Hospital Foundation.
“The attendance at the event represented a 10% increase over last and speaks to the growing support that exists for our Foundation, the Hospital and its important work in our community,” said Hospital Foundation Director David Fry. “We also attribute the event’s success to its diverse offerings, providing a unique alternative to others.” As the area’s only black-tie optional event, the gala featured a variety of entertainment and activity, including an a capella group, “The Cheezies” from Miami University, Lion Fludd, a strolling magician from Louisville, Dave Wierhake, accordionist and contests such as Vinko, Drop the Cork and a “Pick of the Vine” activity. In addition, the silent auction featured dozens of items. One section, “Tuscan Treasures” featured creatively decorated wine bottles submitted by Hospital departments and offered for sale. The night’s only live auction item drew a $2,000 final bid. The “Pirate Pride Package” included a number of unique items relating to the Greensburg Pirates State Championship run.
New Local Option for Adolescent Disorders
February 18, 2013
Adolescents with psychiatric and substance use disorders can now benefit from an expansion of service at Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) in Greensburg. The Hospital’s telemedicine connection allows DCMH to offer this vital service to the community and is one of only four sites around Indiana to do so.
The Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions deemed the areas to be underserved and as a result of a partnership with Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, the expansion of service is possible. The Adolescent Dual Diagnosis Clinic (ADDC) at Riley Hospital will provide treatment to adolescents (10 to 18 years old) through the DCMH partnership in the Greensburg/Decatur County area. The program offers individualized, outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment to adolescents with co-occurring behavioral health and substance use disorders. The intervention, known as the ENCOMPASS program, is an evidence based treatment which integrates individual cognitive behavior therapy, family therapy, medication treatment, and a contingency management program to reduce drug use and improve overall functioning.
According to DCMH VP of Patient Care, Diane McKinney, the program could fill a void which exists in the community. “We are pleased to offer a much needed service locally which fits well within our mission of advancing the health and wellness of our community,” McKinney said. “Substance use disorders impair the patient’s social, academic and family life, which ultimately can impact our entire community.”
DCMH Joins Health Information Exchange
February 11, 2013
Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH,) has completed its connection to the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), a network of more than 25,000 physicians and 90 hospitals throughout Indiana. The connection with the statewide health IT network serves to coordinate care and improve patient outcomes.
As part of the nation’s most advanced health information exchange technology platform, DCMH connects to IHIE through the Indiana Network for Patient Care™ (INPC). The INPC is comprised of hospitals, long term care facilities and other healthcare providers throughout the state and allows physicians to securely access necessary information to make decisions critical to patient care.
“This DCMH and IHIE association will provide timely, accurate access to patient health information, when patients from hospitals and providers throughout the state arrive at DCMH,” according to Christy Norton, RHIT, Director of Health Information Management at DCMH. “It’s exciting to have played an integral part in rolling out this partnership and now knowing our rural location is less of an issue as we continue to participate in opportunities like this.”
Connecting to the INPC makes clinical results available to other providers in their patient’s continuum of care. Structured access to the secure information is available to healthcare facilities participating in the INPC. Making results accessible in this manner reduces the time a provider and their patient is waiting for results, and can potentially reduce the need to re-test. read more ...
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!
Capital Campaign Most Successful Ever
May 15, 2013
The "Reach" Capital Campaign staged by the Hospital Foundation has been the most successful ever conducted by the Hospital Foundation. To date the campaign has raised more than $1,440,000 far surpassing its original goal of $1,250,000.
The campaign was chaired by Paul & RoJeanna Pank and is still accepting contributions to support a new caner center, and outpatient services. Hospital Foundation Director David Fry said, "This campaign has not only exceeded its goal, it has demonstrated the compassion of businesses and individuals in our community and the importance of our Hospital to them. Fry said. Despite the success the needs exceed the amount raised and donations are still needed."
Those wishing to find out more information may phone the Hospital Foundation office at (812) 663-1220 or visit dcmh.net/campaign.
Fry Moves to VP Position
May 18, 2013
Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) has announced that David J. Fry has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Operations. Fry has led the Hospital Foundation efforts and has been with DCMH for eight years.
Linda Simmons, DCMH President & CEO stated "We are pleased to welcome David to the Senior Executive Team for DCMH. As a lifelong community resident he has a deep appreciation and passion for serving our Hospital and community, which is complemented by an extensive background in business and nonprofit management. Most recently, he has served as a catalyst in advancing our Foundation and helping to streamline our Marketing efforts."
In his new position Fry will be responsible for oversight of the leadership staff and operations in the Dietary, Facilities, Materials Management, EMS, Lab, Radiology and IT areas.
Golf Outing Slated for September
May 18, 2013
The popular "Event 'fore' Caring" to benefit Decatur County Memorial Hospital is slated to be held on Wednesday, September 11, at the Greensburg Country Club.
This marks the 8th year for this event which last year attracted more than 30 foursomes. Sponsorships are available and volunteers will be needed for the event.
Phone the Hospital Foundation office at (812) 663-1220 for more information about the possibilities for involvement.