2008 brought accolades, renovations, new technology
For Oregon’s two hospitals, 2008 brought new technology, renovations and upgrades and accolades for staff members.
At St. Charles, renovation of the Intensive Care Unit at St. Charles Mercy Hospital was completed in 2008, resulting in larger rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
Work was completed in phases, enabling the unit to remain open during construction, spokesperson Sarah Velliquette said.
Other 2008 highlights at the hospital include:
• The Mercy Cancer Center at St. Charles now has PET/CT technology, enhancing the center’s diagnostic capabilities. PET/CT scanning combines state-of-the-art PET and CT scanner technology to increase diagnostic accuracy and improve service, with faster scan times and higher-quality images.
• Mercy Cancer Centers at St. Charles installed Elekta Synergy® Linear Accelerator, advanced technology for oncology patients needing radiation treatment. The new equipment offers higher accuracy of targeting cancer cells, while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. The high-resolution imaging allows better image of internal structures such as skeletal and soft tissue
• St. Charles Mercy Sleep Disorders Center began offering ApneaLink, which aims to help identify and treat those with obstructive sleep apnea. The device monitors breathing during one night of sleep at home in the patients’ own bed
The at-home screening does not take the place of a sleep study, but helps identify people who should proceed with a formal study at the Sleep Disorders Center
• The Health Information Management Department completed a Web-based document imaging system that offers the user access to the electronic patient chart.
• St. Charles was re-verified as a Level 3 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons – the only trauma center serving the eastern communities.
• Bob Gospodarek, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital of Willard, was named Chief Operating Officer.
• St. Charles employees Esteban Reyes, metro security offer, and Norma Bielski, manager of the Mercy Cancer Center at St. Charles, were honored at the National Jefferson Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C. They were recognized for their service to the community.
Several years ago, Reyes established a work release program with the probation department of Ottawa County that allows juveniles to be mentored by police officers while performing community service. He also is actively involved in an elementary school’s reading program as well as Woodmore High School’s after prom. Esteban serves as co-chair of the Ottawa County Holiday Bureau.
Bielski has taken up the cause to the poor and those affiliated with cancer. She has advocated for these groups by giving many hours every year to organizations such as Race for the Cure, Relay for Life and the Tent City Initiative, which addresses homelessness in the Toledo area
• Ann Frahn, clinical nurse Manager for Perinatal Services, was appointed by Gov. Ted Strickland to Ohio’s Maternity and Newborn Advisory Council, which will develop the standards that will guide the delivery of maternity and newborn care in the state of Ohio.
• Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC) survey placed St. Charles Mercy Hospital among highest in the country for Overall Quality of Care & Nursing Care.
• St. Charles received the 2007 H2E (Hospitals for a Healthy Environment) Partners for Change Award for the fourth consecutive year.
• St. Charles received two awards for its efforts to be environmentally responsible, including a 2008 Prism Award for Best Practice in environmental stewardship from the Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award, presented by the national Practice Greenhealth Executive Director.
• St. Charles Chest Pain Center was re-accredited by the American Society of Chest Pain Centers.
• St. Charles Wound Care Center celebrates five years of healing outcomes.
Bay Park Community Hospital
Total Rehab at Bay Park Community Hospital hosted an open house in July to showcase a newly-expanded rehabilitation area. The 2,900 square-foot addition provides space for the recently added pediatric therapy services, as well as the ongoing services offered such as physical, occupational, aquatic, neurologic, lymphedema and speech therapy.
The Center of Wound Care of Northwest Ohio, located on the Bay Park campus, celebrated its fifth anniversary in March. The center offers treatment for wounds that are not healing properly due to vascular disease, pressure ulcers, diabetes, trauma, post surgical issues and other medical problems.
In addition, renovation was completed in the outpatient testing center at Bay Park to improve patient flow and staff efficiencies.
In addition, Bay Park:
• Installed a digital mammography unit at the hospital as well as the ProMedica Laboratory and Radiology facility in Rossford. Digital mammography offers a number of practical advantages, including there is no waiting for film to be developed, and digital images are easily stored and transferred electronically; eliminating the dependency on one set of original films, which can be misfiled or lost in transit.
• Presented Oregon City Schools with four nebulizers to use at Coy, Jerusalem, Wynn and Starr elementary schools. Nebulizers are commonly used to treat asthma, cystic fibrosis and other respiratory diseases.
• Installed a digital bone density detector called iDXA. This state-of-the-art densitometer provides unprecedented image quality with precision and accuracy and offers a unique assessment of hip and overall fracture risk.
• Continued an ongoing partnership with the Penta Career Center and Clay High School to offer their students with disabilities an opportunity to gain valuable work skills. Working through the school’s respective job training specialists, the students complete a variety of tasks in several departments.
• Was awarded a Partner Recognition Award at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards in May. The awards give special recognition to facilities whose efforts are aimed at eliminating mercury, preventing pollution and minimizing waste.
•Achieved a full three-year accreditation and earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission following a three-day survey in October. Accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
• Was named a Compass Award winner from Press Ganey for significant improvement in physician satisfaction.
• Was named in the top tier of all hospitals nationally on quality of care for pneumonia patients by the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.
Other highlights include:
• The hospital, in partnership with the Oregon Fire Department, established the “Partners in Safety” program to educate area seniors about the importance of fire safety. Participants in the program will be provided with a home safety check and installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.
• The Bay Cafe at Bay Park was one of only two hospital restaurants in Lucas County to receive the GOLD (Great Options in Lower-fat Dining) Plate Dining Award from the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.
• The hospital auxiliary hosted “Spring into Health,” a successful health fair designed especially for women.
• The BPCH Auxiliary made a $2,300 donation to purchase equipment toward enhancing pediatric services at Bay Park’s Total Rehab. Specifically, the donation helps pediatric patients develop their motor skills, postural stability and joint alignment.