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  • NRMC Implements Stroke Telemedicine Program

    Stroke patients at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center (NRMC) now have immediate access to highly specialized vascular neurologists as the result of a partnership between NRMC and Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans (Ochsner).

    Ochsner received grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Rural Utilities Service to expand the existing telestroke network in central Louisiana. Through this network, emergency department physicians have the ability to consult immediately with Ochsner vascular neurologists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year using telemedicine equipment to determine the best treatment options for stroke patients.  NRMC is also participating in American Heart Association’s (AHA) Get with the Guidelines stroke quality improvement program to ensure that the care provided to stroke patients is aligned with the latest scientific guidelines.

    “With strokes, every second counts,” explained Kirk Soileau, Chief Executive Officer of NRMC. “With this telemedicine program in place and by following the Get with the Guidelines quality improvement program, we will be able to positively impact outcomes for patients who come into our ER with strokes. These initiatives will save lives,” Soileau said.

    Ischemic stroke is caused by a blockage in a blood vessel that stops the flow of blood to the brain and deprives the surrounding brain tissue of oxygen.  In the absence of oxygen, the brain cells in the immediate area begin to die, causing permanent brain damage, disability or death. Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke, so immediate medical attention can save a life and limit disabilities.

    When a patient comes into the emergency department at NRMC with the symptoms of an acute ischemic stroke, a computer with an advanced webcam will be brought to the bedside where the clinical team will connect with a vascular neurologist on call at Ochsner.  The neurologist, patient and clinical team at NRMC can see and speak to each other via the webcam so that the vascular neurologist can examine the patient and review the CAT scan of the patient’s head and provide guidance on advanced treatments. All of this can be done within minutes.

    In many cases, Telestroke consultation will allow patients to stay at NRMC for care. In more complicated cases or those which may require surgery, the patient may need to be transferred to Ochsner or another facility for specialized treatment. Telestroke is still beneficial in these cases, because the neurologist will have already met and started treatment for the patient.

    For more information, please visit www.NRMChospital.org or call Cathy Jacobs at 318.214.4513.

    If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T.:

    • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
    • Arm: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
    • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
    • Time: Time is critical to protecting brain damage. If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately

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  • Kiss the Pig Fundraiser

    The Medical Surgical and Intensive Care Departments of Natchitoches Regional Medical Center are encouraging everyone to participate in Kiss the Pig, a fundraiser to support the American Cancer Society.

    Join the fun by donating to the piggy bank of one of the individuals listed on the flyer who you would like to see Kiss the Pig!

    Donations will be accepted through March 13, 2015.

    Piggy Banks will be placed throughout the hospital and tallied weekly to determine who is in the lead.  The winner will be announced on March 16, 2015 at 12:00 noon.

     

     

     




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  • NRMC Recognized for Commitment to Patient Care Improvements

    The American Hospital Association and the Hospital Engagement Network recognized and celebrated the preliminary successes of 233 hospitals nationwide who have met the national reduction goals set out through the Partnership for Patients. Natchitoches Regional Medical Center was one of these hospitals who demonstrated their commitment to continual improvement of patient care.

    NRMC achieved 100% of their applicable goals of national and state aligned measures. “I am proud of the actions of the NRMC Associates in achieving the patient improvement goals. Through their dedication and focus they are improving patient safety and care,” explained Kirk Soileau, Chief Executive Officer.

    The Partnership for Patients has set The 40/20 Goal which focuses on keeping patients from getting injured or sicker with a goal of reducing preventable hospital acquired conditions by 40%. The Partnership for Patients also focuses on helping patients heal without complications with a goal of reducing hospital readmissions by 20%.

    This list of hospitals was based on the returned LOP scores that were submitted to CMS for the December 1, 2014 monthly report.

     

     

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  • NRMC Quarterly Newsletter – Fall 2014

  • NRMC Launches Partnership with Studer Group Today

    With today’s Leadership Development Institute (LDI) held at the Natchitoches Events Center, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center (www.nrmchospital.org ) Administrators and Department Managers officially kick off their strategic partnership with the Studer Group (www.studergroup.com )(SG) in pursuit of its three (3) goal plan.

    • Be recognized by Press Ganey in the TOP 5% of Hospital Customer Satisfaction nationally…judged on how the patient RATE us and RECOMMEND us.

    • Be a TOP 100 Hospital in the United States.

    • Earn the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award within five (5) years.

    With the rapidly changing healthcare environment, NRMC needed a proven coach to help the organization achieve its strategic vision. Studer Group® works with healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and beyond, teaching them how to achieve, sustain, and accelerate exceptional clinical, operational, and financial outcomes. SG works to bring structure and focus to organizations through the creation of cultures in which people hold themselves accountable and help set them up to be able to execute quickly. By installing an execution framework called Evidence-Based LeadershipSM, organizations are able to align goals, actions and processes. This framework creates the foundation that enables transformation in this era of continuous change.

    A Passion for Making Healthcare Better: Healthcare people are unique in that we are both scientific and deeply passionate about our work, which is why it's important to connect with both the heart and the mind. Connecting with the mind appeals to logical, data-driven, evidence-seeking individuals, while connecting with the heart is all about passion. The same goes for our patients. We need to connect to the mind by explaining a diagnosis, treatment plan and medication instructions, while also connecting to the heart by providing comfort, reassurance and hope.

    Thus partnering with Studer Group Coaches we hope to create an aligned culture that is accountable to achieving outcomes together. Working side-by-side with NRMC, the Studer Group will help to establish, accelerate, and hardwire the necessary changes to create a culture of excellence. This leads to better transparency, higher accountability, and the ability to target and execute specific, objective results that organizations want to achieve. Evidence-Based LeadershipSM (EBL) creates a culture of execution that empowers organizations to respond to new initiatives more quickly and effectively than the rest of the nation.

    Natchitoches Regional Medical Center looks forward to being a leader in both healthcare quality and the patient experience.

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  • Comprehensive Wound Care Center Officially Breaks Ground

    NRMC Board and Medical Staff officially break ground on new Comprehensive Wound Center today.  This $3,000,000 renovation and expansion project was approved by the Board this past winter.  The hospital anticipates substantial completion by the end of the year.

    The Center is opening as a partnership with Healogics, the world's largest wound care management company delivering excellent evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds. 

     

    L-R: Phil Rider, Director Plant Operations;  Gene Spillman, VP Facilities and Construction;  Arthur Welch, Board Member; John Luster, Board Chairman;  Roger Williams, Board member; Anil Matta, MD; Ezinne Akamiro, MD; Moshood Olatinwo, MD; William Ball, MD; William Luster, MD Physician Champion; Steven Kautz, MD; Bryan Picou, MD; Martin Avilez, MD, Kirk Soileau, CEO.  Not pictured: Board Members Ronald Corchern, Samuel Jackson, Chris Ingram, MD and AJ Johnson; Physicians not present, Cissy Picou, Marc Stokes, William Zeichner and Kathleen Kautz.

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  • NRMC Sports Medicine Program Supports Local Schools

  • Karen Shirey, LPN Named July Associate of the Month

    Today many of our associates joined in the festivities for the July Associate of the Month. The Nutritional Services department did an outstanding job preparing snacks for all. The punch was extraordinarily fantastic this month. We had fifteen nominees that were recognized for their outstanding performance.

    The Administrative Council selected Karen Shirey, MedSurg LPN, as the Associate of the Month for July. Ms. Shirey has worked at NRMC since January, 2013. She was also recently recognized by the AIDET committee for her “above and beyond” service on behalf of one of her patients. Congratulations to Karen for a job well done and for being selected as July Associate of the Month.

     It is a special honor to be nominated as Associate of the Month. Routinely, we have associates that have been nominated multiple times. It certainly is a special honor when this happens and something to be very proud of.

    Other nominees for July Associate of the Month were:

    Brooksy Hernandez -Radiology 

    Alyssa Sirmons -Radiology Tech

    Shyrona Philyaw -C.N.A. – 2 East`

    Allison Merritt -Radiology Tech 2

    Eleanor Sheffield -Lab

    Lisa Lesley -RN – Emergency Rm

    Vella Helire -EVS Tech

    Kasey Cain -RN - 2 East

    Judy Rowell -C.N.A. – Courtyard

    Elaine Turner -EVS Tech

    Twykeesta Smith -C.N.A. – 2 East

    Floria Bush -EVS Tech

    Carla Payton -Linen Tech

    Chaquan Martin -Admitting 

    All of these nominees are to be congratulated on their superb performance, as recognized by their peers, patients and supervisors. We look forward to these monthly acknowledgements, so be on the lookout for your fellow associates who are exhibiting high standards of performance, and nominate them for Associate of the Month. Nomination forms and drop boxes are located at each time clock.

     

     

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  • NRMC NAMES NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

    Natchitoches Regional Medical Center ( www.nrmchospital.org ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Brad McCormick as Chief Financial Officer for the Health System effective immediately.  

    Mr. McCormick brings over 25 years of healthcare finance experience to his new position beginning his career as a staff accountant with the Horne CPA Group before assuming progressively advancing roles, such as a reimbursement specialist with Health South Corporation.  Mr. McCormick’s first senior leadership position was as the CFO for Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital in Winona, MS.  From there he served as Director of Financial Services at Genesis Health Management Corporation, and Assistant Administrator of Finance at Morehouse General Hospital. 

    Mr. McCormick joins the organization most recently from Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis, Arkansas where he held the position of Vice President of Finance.  There he restructured the accounting department to improve more timely month end close and audit functions, reorganized departments for better labor efficiency, implemented point of service collections to improve cash flow, lead an aggressive Emergency Department case management program  reducing the hospital’s observation rate form 28% to 15%, thus improving revenue and improving compliance through improved physician documentation.

    As a native Mississippian, Brad holds a Bachelor of Professional Accountancy Degree from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi.  He and his wife, Beverly have two grown children and will make Natchitoches their home.    

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  • NRMC Announces New Medical Directors

    Natchitoches Regional Medical Center (NRMC) is pleased to announce two new medical staff appointments effective August 1, 2014.  Timothy D. Collins, M.D., will serve as the Medical Director of the NRMC Clinics Network and Marcus C. Stokes, M.D., as Medical Director for the Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Services (Ambulance Service). Both physicians bring vast experience to their new positions and will play instrumental roles in ensuring outstanding patient care and services.

    Dr. Stokes is board certified in Emergency Medicine and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Louisiana State University (LSU). He received his medical degree from LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, and holds a B.S. in Biology from Northeast Louisiana University.  In addition to his many honors and awards in emergency medicine, Dr. Stokes is active in youth sports in Natchitoches and has participated in medical missions to Kenya.  Dr. Stokes returns to full time practice in the emergency department to assume the director position

    Dr. Collins received his medical degree from LSU Medical School in Shreveport and holds a B.S. and M.S. in Microbiology from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and joined the medical staff in 2004.  His specializations include family practice and emergency medicine. As Medical Director for the NRMC Clinics, Dr. Collins will oversee both the North Natchitoches Medical Clinic in Campti, and the NRMC Walk-in Clinic located in Natchitoches. He will serve as the primary collaborative physician for all Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants within the NRMC network.  In addition, Dr. Collins will maintain a full time clinical position within the emergency department.  

    “Dr. Stokes and Dr. Collins are excellent physicians and leaders. In their roles as medical directors, they will oversee all clinical aspects of their respective departments. They are responsible for ensuring patients receive appropriate and timely care and are committed to quality improvement and patient satisfaction,” explained Kirk Soileau, Chief Executive Officer. 

    For more information about the clinic, please call 318.214.4513

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