President’s Update for May 31, 2013

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Great news… EHR go-live is June 3

EHR go-live is Monday June 3 at MEH in all ambulatory care areas. Also, between May 17 and May 31 Clinical Application Coordinators and other members of the SEARHC implementation team held 76 classroom training sessions, typically with 8 to 10 students per session. The Clinical Application Coordinators also went directly to ancillary departments to work with lead staff on their specific EHR needs.


Developmental and health screenings for children

In Haines on May 30th, Lisa Schwartz, RN, coordinated with Diane Sly of the Infant Learning Program and hosted developmental and health screenings for children birth to age five at the Haines clinic.  Seventeen children received developmental screenings, height/weight, hearing, vision, motor skills, social and emotional skills, language and speech skills screenings from various specialists. Screenings were also held at the Klukwan Clinic on May 31st.

In addition, Haines Clinic staff conducted an emergency response drill on May 29th.  Julie Anderson, RN, coordinated this mass casualty event with the Haines EMS staff. Russ Cameron, Safety Officer, was in Haines to observe. Six community volunteers served as victims of a rollover car accident and were brought to the clinic by ambulance.  The goals were to test the ability to handle multiple critical patients at one time and utilize the Incident Command system.  All staff participated and the drill was very successful.


There’s been a major addition/replacement at MEH in Sitka

Elevator #1 at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital has been modernized after an extended shutdown. A new overhead traction machine, which drives the cable lift system was lifted on to the rooftop the evening of May 16 to the enjoyment of patients and staff who watched from the windows. If you were wondering – the new machine weighed in at right around 4000 lbs.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator was the contractor who did the modernization project which involved breaking down the machine into three pieces on the roof. Then hoisting these parts up the stairwell one more story to the elevator machine room. The old one was brought down in the same fashion. Cooperation between maintenance staff and the contractor helped this project go smoothly. We now have an up to date elevator that is considerably faster. Maintenance was finally able to shut down the other elevator to replace the floor. Thank you everyone for being patient with us while waiting for this project to be completed.


The Radiology Department at Mt. Edgecumbe

MEH Radiology Department is happy to announce that Nicole Balovich passed her Mammography boards with The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Cross-training improves patient care by providing more technologist coverage. Nikki has created Mammography drop in exams to enable patients to have their mammograms on the same day they have their annual physicals.  She’s also taken over running MRS, the mammography software that tracks patients. Thank-you Nikki for all your hard work!

Charles Clement

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