Under a blanket of winter snow, a new energy-efficient roof is taking root at Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon.
In November, the hospital became the first facility in Lucas County to install a LiveRoof – a modular vegetative green roof system – when about 12,000 square feet of roofing in the four patient courtyards were replaced. The roof is expected to last about 40 years – twice as long as a traditional roof.
Other 2010 highlights at St. Charles include:
• To help meet the needs of uninsured and underinsured individuals, Mercy St. Charles is working with the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio to offer monthly dental services on the St. Charles campus. The Dental Center’s mobile dental clinic, the Smile Express, uses the mobile PET/CT parking area the fourth Friday of each month.
• Implementation of a new bar-coded Medication Administration System (MAK), which connects a physician’s computerized order entry with the pharmacy system and nursing, eliminating handwritten orders. Pharmacists are able to review the physician orders on the computer screen prior to dispensing the medications for patients. After review, nurses are able to administer the medications to the patient by scanning the medication barcode, ensuring the right patient gets the right medication and dose.
The system reduces paper use, improves documentation of medication administration and increases access for physicians outside the hospital.
• Completion of renovations on the Medical-Surgical North unit, including addition of handicap-accessible, floor-mounted toilets, handrails and high-efficiency lighting in the hallways.
• The hospital’s Nuclear Medicine Department acquired a Philips BrightView gamma camera, a dual-head camera system with state-of-the-art technology that allows for more accurate, expedient and comfortable cardiac study for inpatients and outpatients.
• Initiation of Meals on Demand for obstetrics patients, which allows patients to order “Morning Eye Opener,” Hot off the Grill” and hot dinner special from their own menus, at a time that is convenient for them.
• Mercy St. Charles Hospital received Excellence in Patient Care award given by the Studer Group®. The award was presented at the 8th annual ‘What’s Right in Health CareSM’ conference for its exemplary “cleanliness” ratings on the HCAHPS - Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems - patient survey.
• Samantha Christie, Manager of Cardiac Rehab and Heart Failure Programs, and Sr. Dorothy Thum, Senior Vice President of Mission and Values Integration, were chosen Healthcare Hero Award winners by Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio.
Christie was instrumental in developing the heart failure program at St. Charles; Sr. Dorothy was an integral part in starting the Mercy St. Charles Mobile Health Van program, which travels to migrant camps, schools, churches and other community events to provide health screenings and education.
There were numerous improvements and additions at Bay Park Community Hospital in Oregon in 2010 as well.
• An enhanced pacemaker program was introduced to better serve patients;
• Additional and expanded interventional radiology services;
• A new digital radiology room and cardiac nuclear medicine camera;
• Automated blood bank equipment;
• Expansion of the Step Down unit
• Enhancements at The Bay Café, which now offers many self-service options;
• Improvements at the Emergency Center triage area enhance patient comfort;
• Replacement of inpatient mattresses with technologically-enhanced mattresses for better comfort, support and reduction of pressure points;
• Installation of new flooring on inpatient nursing units;
• Renovation of the intensive care unit waiting room, including a privacy wall, new carpeting, updated furniture and new window treatments;
• Relocation of the hospital chapel to the inpatient area for enhanced accessibility;
• Implementation of electronic health records for nursing and medication management;
• Introduction of complimentary valet service.
In addition, Northwest Ohio ENT and Northwest Ohio Cardiology Consultants opened practices in the Professional Office Building.
On Nov. 8, a LiveRoof was installed on 12,400 feet of courtyard areas at Charles Mercy Hospital. (Photo courtesy of StructureTec Kalamazoo, LiveRoof designer).