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  • Notice of Public Hearing – 2016 Ambulance Mileage

     NATCHITOCHES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

    NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

    Notice is hereby given pursuant to Article 7, Section 23(C) of the Louisiana Constitution and R.S. 47:1705(B) that a public hearing of Natchitoches Parish Hospital Service District, will be held at its regular meeting place in the John Luster Board Room of the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, located at 501 Keyser Avenue, Natchitoches, LA on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. to consider levying additional or increased millage rates without further voter approval or adopting the adjusted millage rates after reassessment and rolling forward to rates not to exceed the prior year’s maximum. The estimated amount of tax revenues to be collected in the next year from the increased millage is $1,768,956.55, and the amount of increase in taxes attributable to the millage increase is $41,778.48.

     

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  • Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Makes the 2016 100 SafeCare Hospitals under 100 Beds List

    Natchitoches Regional Medical Center (NRMC) has been named to the 2016 SafeCare Hospitals® List of top 100 hospitals with under 100 beds.  SafeCare Hospitals® represent the nation’s top performing hospitals in 40 evidence-based metrics of the Affordable Care Act. The selection was based upon superior hospital performance with HCAHPS, Core Measures, 30-Day Mortality rates, 30-Day Readmissions, Complications Rates in Medical and Surgical Care, and Medical and Surgical Infections.

    “Natchitoches Regional Medical Center is recognized for excelling in the evidence-based metrics of value based care, low readmissions, and low complications of care,” says Dr. Yisrael Safeek, MD, MBA, Founder and Chairman of The SafeCare Group®.

    “We are pleased to have received this recognition that affirms our efforts towards zero patient harm” said Kirk Soileau, CEO of NRMC. “I am extremely proud of our Associates. They work diligently to achieve good outcomes and want to do their best for every patient entrusted to our care. From processes, to protocols, to new services, communication, infection control and more, they are focused on our patients’ needs. Our Associates are consistently raising the bar, and in doing so, they are exemplifying what great healthcare is all about.”

    About 100 SafeCare Hospitals®

    To produce a meaningful ranking of US hospitals, The SafeCare Group® looked to the Affordable Care Act for guidance of an evidence-based framework for the 100 SafeCare Hospitals® rankings. The distinguished medical and legal experts who designed, developed, and implemented the Affordable Care Act believed that a listing of hospitals in the areas of Hospital Value Based Program (HVBP), Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), and Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program (HACRP) would promote strong incentives to improve care. The SafeCare Group adopted this framework for the 100 SafeCare Hospitals® methodology, as it represented evidence-based metrics in the areas of “Quality of Care,” “Patient Safety,” and “Efficiency of Care.”

    About the SafeCare Group

    The SafeCare Group (http://www.safecaregroup.com/about-us.html) was founded in 2010 to help hospitals excel in the areas of Patient Safety, Quality, and Efficiency through best-in-class PQE software, high quality people, and value-added services. We created and published the CAUTI Bundle, and the “I AM FOR SAFETY” 12-point Surgical Checklist. SafeCare software help hospitals improve HVBP, HRRP, and HACRP, and keep hospitals compliant with Joint Commission standards. The SafeCare Group is also the publisher of SafeCare ® magazine.  For more information contact: support@safecaregroup.com or The SafeCare Group | 1890 Star Shoot Parkway | Suite 170 | Lexington KY, 40509.

    About Natchitoches Regional Medical Center

    Natchitoches Regional Medical Center began as a stand-alone community hospital in 1955 and has grown into a 216 bed healthcare system comprised of an acute care facility, skilled nursing home, assisted living complex and an extensive network of clinics throughout the parish. At the heart of the system is the 96-bed regional medical center which employs over 700 Associates. More than 100 active and consulting physicians represent the Medical Staff. NRMC is an affiliate of Christus Health.

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  • Tobacco-Smoke Free Policy

    PURPOSE

    NATCHITOCHES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER is committed to wellness and to providing a safe and healthy environment for all Associates, patients and visitors. As a leader in health care, this commitment includes maintaining a tobacco-free environment at all Natchitoches Regional Medical Center locations.

    POLICY

    Effective January 1, 2016, NATCHITOCHES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER strictly prohibits smoking and any other use of tobacco products on NATCHITOCHES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER property, including all indoor facilities, offices, lunchrooms, break rooms, bathrooms, company-owned or leased vehicles, parking lots, grounds, and any other indoor or outdoor areas owned, leased, or controlled by  NATCHITOCHES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER as well as sidewalks, streets, or open areas contained by them or within 50 yards of the outside doors.

    This guideline also applies to NATCHITOCHES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER sponsored off-site meetings, trainings and conferences (during work hours).

    This policy applies to any individual working on NATCHITOCHES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER property including: employed Associates, physicians, contractors, consultants, vendors, volunteers, inpatients, and visitors.

    • Products covered by this guideline include but are not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco or “snuff,” pipes, e-cigarettes, or any other tobacco products.
    • For purposes of this guideline, smoking includes lighting, smoking or carrying a lighted cigarette, cigar or pipe, the use of any electronic smoking device, or emitting smoke of any kind.
    • This policy is absolute and admits of no exceptions for NATCHITOCHES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER associates, team members or affiliated personnel.

    This policy is effective 24 hours/day, 365 days/year.

    PROCEDURES

    1. “Tobacco-Free Campus” signs are posted throughout facility, grounds, and property of NATCHITOCHES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER.
    2. Associates are required to be free from the smell of smoke for their entire work shift.
    3. Associates may not leave the workplace while “on the clock” or take unauthorized breaks. Supervisors may discuss the issue of taking breaks with their staff, both smokers and non-smokers. Together they should develop effective solutions that do not interfere with productivity.
    4. Littering on property with remains of tobacco products is prohibited.
    5. Associates are expected to be good neighbors and refrain from using tobacco products on the property of nearby businesses and residences.   
    6. Associates at all levels are responsible for monitoring compliance and enforcing the provisions of this guideline.
    7. Associates who violate this guideline are subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination.
    8. NATCHITOCHES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER is committed to supporting all Associates who wish to stop using tobacco products.  NATCHITOCHES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER will provide information and assistance to Associates regarding tobacco cessation.
    9. Inpatients will be informed of NRMC’s Tobacco-Smoke Free Policy upon admission.
    10. Nursing personnel will screen inpatients on arrival to the nursing unit for tobacco use status.  Nicotine patches and tobacco cessation counseling will be offered to those who meet criteria.

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  • NRMC Quarterly Newsletter – Fall 2015

  • NRMC’s Emergency Department Receives National Award

    Emergency Department Receives National Award 

    Natchitoches Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the Emergency Department has been named 4Q 2015 Studer Group® Emergency Department of the Quarter. NRMC was selected out of 600 hospitals nationwide. 

    As noted by the Studer Group, NRMC’s Emergency Department has improved patient satisfaction and decreased wait times. The patient satisfaction ranking is now in the 96th percentile for the month of May, and the average wait time from registration to seeing a physician was 20 minutes for last month. This new benchmark for NRMC exceeds the national average by more than 4 minutes. Meanwhile the demand for emergency services at NRMC is at an all time high level with record numbers of patients turning to NRMC during an emergency. 

    “Each quarter, Studer Group honors an organization that stands out from its peers and serves as a premiere example of what is right in healthcare,” explained Karen Smith, MSN, RN, NE-BC, ED Intensive Coach for the Studer Group. “It is evident that the NRMC associates and physicians have created a culture of clinical, service and operational excellence.” 

    “By streamlining processes and focusing on best practices to create outstanding quality and customer service, the Emergency Department has successfully transformed the patient experience,” explained Kirk Soileau, Chief Executive Officer. “I am proud of the Emergency team and the whole NRMC family for their teamwork, dedication, and commitment to our patients.” 

    “Our vision at NRMC is threefold. We want to be in the 95th percentile for patient satisfaction as measured by Press Ganey, be recognized as a Top 100 Hospital, and earn the Malcolm Baldridge Award,” explained Soileau. “This award from the Studer Group demonstrates the progress we are making toward our goals.” 

    Natchitoches Regional Medical Center opened in 1955 as a 99 bed public hospital. Today NRMC has expanded to become a regional medical center with a network comprised of 216 beds represented in the acute care hospital, Courtyard of Natchitoches Nursing Home and Natchitoches Assisted Living. NRMC also offers an array of outreach entities aimed at keeping our community healthy that include: 

    • North Natchitoches Medical Clinic in Campti 

    • Walk-In Clinic (Urgent Care) 

    • NRMC Women’s Health Center 

    • Natchitoches Imaging Services (MRI) 

    • Regional Cardiology Clinic 

    • NRMC Comprehensive Wound Care Center 

    • PRISM – Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy in Natchitoches and Many 

    • A partner in the Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center 

    Note: The Studer Group www.studergroup.com is an outcomes firm that implements evidence-based leadership systems that help hundreds of organizations attain and sustain outstanding results.

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  • NRMC Quarterly Newsletter – Spring 2015

  • NRMC Foundation Thanks Gala Sponsors!

    NRMC Foundation would like to extend special thanks to these outstanding companies and organizations for their support of this years 2015 Gala - Denim & Diamonds!

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  • NRMC Awarded Funds for Safety Grant

    For the second year in a row, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center has been named the Louisiana Hospital Association's (LHA) Trust Funds as a recipient of its Funds for Safety grant. Each year, the Funds for Safety Grant Program awards up to $300,000 to LHA Trust Fund members for initiatives designed to improve safety or reduce liability exposure.

     

    "NRMC's grant proposal this year identified a process for reducing specimen labeling errors in the lab interface," explained Kirk Soileau, Chief Executive Officer. "The Funds for Safety Grant Program considered our ideas and awarded us the grant to implement a new process. Last year, we received an award for the planned implementation of CO2 monitoring which has helped our clinical team address hypoxia and respiratory distress in patients. We are extremely pleased with the outcomes of the CO2 efforts, and we know that our new grant for the lab will also further improve patient safety when we implement it this year. I am proud of our team on their commitment to patient safety, and greatly appreciate LHA Trust Funds for making initiatives such as these possible."

     

    Since its creation in 2012, the Funds for Safety Grant Program have helped fund LHA Trust Funds members' initiatives to improve patient or visitor safety. In total, the grant program has awarded 1.2 million to fund 57 unique projects of member hospitals in Louisiana. These initiatives include reducing medication errors, patient falls and infections, improving patient outcomes, security and communication, and implementing new technology to improve the culture of safety.


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  • Constance Anderson Named Foundation Director

    Natchitoches Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Constance F. Anderson, M.Ed. to the position of Foundation Director. 

    Ms. Anderson joins the leadership team of NRMC with extensive professional experience in writing, producing, public relations and program coordination for educational, commercial, religious, governmental agencies, non-profit and faith based organizations.  “This new position was created by the hospital to further support our Foundation with a leader devoting their efforts fully towards mission and philanthropy,” Kirk Soileau, CEO.

    In this new role, Connie will work closely with the Foundation Board to develop, plan and coordinate fund-raising events; direct the Foundation public relations efforts; and represent the hospital and Foundation with community involvement and activities.

    “I am excited to have the opportunity to work closely with the new Director of the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation, Connie Anderson.  She has the knowledge, experience and vision to advance the mission of the NRMC Foundation.” Chris Maggio, NRMC Foundation Chairman.

    As a native of Baton Rouge, LA, Connie attended Louisiana State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Education, a Master of Education degree in Educational Media, and post-graduate certification as an Instructional Technology Facilitator.  She is an experienced communication specialist with an extensive professional background in education, commercial and cable television; free-lance film, and video production; special event, alumni and public relations coordination; and educational website development. 

    Ms. Anderson’s professional television and free-lance film/video credits include work for WAFB-TV (Baton Rouge, LA); WMUL-PTV (Huntington, WV); WBRZ-TV (Baton Rouge, LA); the Arts & Humanities Councils from Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; the Louisiana State Arts Council; Catholic Life Television; and the College of Engineering, Louisiana State University.    

     NATCHITOCHES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION

    The Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to providing scholarships for area students who want to pursue a career in healthcare. Since its inception in 1987, the Foundation has providedmore than 120 scholarships totaling more than $300,000 to students in the fields of nursing, radiology, laboratory sciences, and pharmacology.

    In 2005 with a $500,000 contribution from Christus Health, the NRMC Foundation was expanded to provide financial resources to area agencies and organizations who are involved in delivering healthcare services and wellness programs to the citizens of the parish. Grant applications are accepted annually and awarded to those initiatives that are in support of healthy lifestyles and CHRISTUS Health’s mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

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  • NRMC Brings Home the Judges Award and Peoples Choice Award

    Recently, during a gumbo cook off at Prather Stadium, NRMC took home top honors. During the NSU and McNeese State basketball games,  the NRMC cooking team won both the JUDGES AWARD and PEOPLE'S CHOICE. Their entree was a chicken, sausage and seafood gumbo topped off with potato salad and Mexican Corn bread.


    Pictured L-R:  Kirk Soileau, CEO; Cathy Jacobs, Director of Community and Physician Relations; Jason Rachel, Director of Support Services; Ryan Shirley, Engineering Supervisor and Gumbo Chef. 
    Not pictured:  Brad McCormick, CFO and Jaime Shirley, Wound Care.

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