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Local hospitals, health care systems improved infastructure and saw numerous technology advances in 2014
• In February, 2014 Mercy announced plans for a new Behavioral Health Institute at St. Charles. The new two-story building, which will connect to the main hospital, will include adult, geriatric and dual diagnoses units, comprising a total of 90 beds. Additionally, the 62,000-square-foot Institute will offer a partial hospitalization program, and Mercy is exploring partnership opportunities with other providers for additional services.

• On March 30, St. Charles, along with Mercy St. Anne and Defiance hospitals “went live” on the Epic/CarePATH electronic health record system, used system-wide through Mercy as well as Catholic Health Partners. The system electronically centralizes a patient’s medical chart and history, including medications and immunization history, laboratory and medical imaging results, allergies, advanced directives and health powers of attorney information, etc.

• In early May, the Joint Commission, the leading accreditation organization for hospitals, visited Mercy St. Charles Hospital for its triennial re-accreditation site survey. Upon completion of the survey, Mercy St. Charles received high marks and was re-accredited for another three years!

• In July, Catholic Health Partners (CHP), the parent healthcare system of Mercy, announced a name change to Mercy Health, – part of a ministry evolution to one unified team focused on high-quality care, increased efficiencies and lower patient costs. Mercy Health is Ohio’s largest health system and fourth-largest employer.

• In early August, St. Charles began offering the daVinci robotics surgery. The minimally invasive system enables surgeons to operate with enhanced precision, dexterity and control.

• In mid-August, Jeff Dempsey began his new position as president and COO of St. Charles. Dempsey, had served in several leadership positions at the hospital, including vice president of operations where he worked closely with the hospital’s senior leadership team in developing a robust strategic plan.

• In November, Mercy opened a health clinic at Clay High School. The 1,500-square-foot clinic, located in the rear of the high school, features a waiting room, two examining rooms, and a lab.

• Mercy St. Charles had several physician practices join their employed physician group, Mercy Health Physicians including The Oregon Clinic (Drs. Chaudhary, Mahajan, Darr, Bomana, and Rathore); Dr. Duane Sander; Dr. Suryia Ahmed and Dr. Florentina Chirica.

• Renovations were completed on the St. Charles lobby and other key areas of the hospital.

• Mercy St. Charles announced the addition of new MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine camera, and digital radiology suite

• The hospital is partnering with St. Kateri/Cardinal Stritch High School to provide school nurse services, and with area schools to provide athletic trainers as part of their sports medicine program.

ProMedica Bay Park
In January 2014, ProMedica Bay Park Hospital opened a new intensive care unit. The unit features larger rooms designed to provide improved patient comfort and to accommodate various equipment needed to provide care for the hospital’s most critical patients. The unit’s new design also improved visualization between nurses and patient rooms with a direct line of sight from the nurse’s station into each patient room.

The hospital launched a Green Team in May to emphasize sustainability within the facility. As the hospital replaced medical supplies and equipment, the old items were sent to World Medical Relief to assist their operations. The Green Team has also established recycling programs to collect electronic equipment, batteries, ink and toner cartridges in an effort to reduce the hospital’s refuse collection costs, and employees contributed shoes and eyeglasses for repurposing through non-profit organizations.

Bay Park’s youngest patients were the focus of a new program called “Safe Sleep is Good for Baby.” Developed in coordination with the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Hospital Association, the program seeks to reduce infant mortality statistics by preventing sleep-related incidents. Parents are sent home with safe sleep take-home kits that include an insulated diaper bag, book, sleeper and educational information emphasizing the ABC’s of safe sleep – alone, on their back, in a crib.

Thanks to the hard work of the physicians and staff, ProMedica Bay Park was named a recipient of Healthgrades 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, ranking the hospital in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for patient experience.

Healthgrades evaluated the hospital’s performance as assessed by patients across 27 questions to measure 10 distinct metrics. Measures included cleanliness, responsiveness to patient needs and whether a patient would recommend ProMedica Bay Park to friends or family.



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