The area’s two hospitals focused on adding new programs and technology, and improving facilities and services in 2011. Highlights include:
Mercy St. Charles
• In April, the hospital opened an on-site Podiatry Clinic, working with Northwest Ohio Foot and Ankle Group.
• Renovations and an expansion on the Psych Unit including the addition of six beds.
| New roof takes root-Mercy St. Charles Hospital showcased its newly
installed 12,100 square foot LiveRoof in the Toledo Area. The vegetative
roofing lowers the roof top temperature by 10-15 egrees and will give
patients an improved outdoor visual. Pictured are Dan Cartell, LiveRoof
Corso's Perrennials: Jeffrey Dempsey, VP Operations Mercy St. Charles
Hospital and Phil Kozar, Manchester Roofing. (Press file photo by Ken
• A new nuclear medicine camera replaced a single-head system and increased the hospital’s capability to assess most cardiac stress patients in a single day. Outpatients are able to get testing done in one day and inpatients are ready for their stress test with no delay.
• Also in April, the Ohio Health Association honored Mercy St. Charles Hospital with a Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award. Over the years, the hospital has implemented a number of “green initiatives” most notably committing to recycle 35 percent of total waste volume – a feat achieved in 2010. St. Charles was the first facility in Lucas County to have a LiveRoof – which is expected to last about 40 years – twice as long as a traditional roof.
• Two St. Charles employees were honored as finalists at the Northwest Ohio Healthcare Heroes Awards Reception on June 29. Jennifer Henkle, RN, a palliative care nurse and Kent Meyers, Director of Facilities and Environmental Services, where honored for their outstanding work at St. Charles, as well as, their contribution to the broader community.
• For the second consecutive year, Mercy St. Charles Hospital won an Excellence in Patient Care award given by the Studer Group®. The hospital was presented the award at the 8th Annual “What’s Right in Health CareSM” conference for its exemplary cleanliness ratings on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems patient survey. The 27-question survey was created in 2002 through the combined efforts of The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Scores are posted four times a year at www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov.
• The Mercy Cancer Centers, including the Cancer Center at St. Charles, recently received a full three-year accreditation from the American College of Surgeons National Accreditation of Breast Care Centers.
• Renovations have been completed on the Vascular/Orthopedics/Oncology unit. In addition to an overall room refresh, bathrooms were updated, countertops were replaced, and flat screen televisions were installed.
• Implemented Breast Tomosynthisis at the Women’s Care Center. The 3D breast imaging creates a better image of the breast tissue/easier for the radiologist to read, resulting in fewer call back and earlier detection of tumors. The imaging is the standard for all patients scheduling their mammogram at a Mercy St. Charles or Mercy St. Anne beginning in January 2012.
• The hospital implemented the use of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in surgery to expand anesthesia services.
• St. Charles partnered with Kateri Catholic Academy/Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School to provide a School Health Care Provider.
• Ambulatory Electronic Health Records were implemented at Mercy employed physician offices.
ProMedica Bay Park
At ProMedica Bay Park, the Sleep Disorders Center was successfully relocated to the Garden level of the hospital. The first patient was tested Dec. 18. The relocation freed up much-needed space in the hospital’s Medical/Surgical unit.
Other highlights from 2011 include:
• At the end of December, the Bay Park Diagnostic Center located in Rossford was relocated to a new building at the intersection of Lime City Road and Grassy Lane (approximately a mile south of the former location). The new testing center, which shares space with Becky Marshall, DO, is almost twice as large and includes ample parking. Testing services were expanded to include DEXA (bone density) scanning. Other services include radiology exams, ultrasound, mammography and lab services.
• Hospital staff continue to work with an architect to complete the design of a new Intensive Care Unit. The plan calls for the completion of this project by the end of 2012. The new unit will be approximately 10,000 square feet.
• Flooring in the 2300 wing of the hospital was replaced in December. This completes the replacement plan for all flooring in the hallways of all inpatient care areas.
• The hospital relocated and expanded the Emergency Department Triage area from one to three beds. The project included relocating the hospital chapel to the second floor of the hospital.
• Bay Park began using InTouch, a video conferencing system that gives female patients in Port Clinton access to breast care specialists at the Breast Care Center at ProMedica Toledo Hospital, The technology allows a physician who has found something of concern on a mammogram or other test to speak face-to-face with the patient.
• In April, Bay Park received the 2011 Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for healthcare facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. The award honors outstanding environmental achievements in the healthcare sector.