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Home Special Sections Progress Hospitals add technology, programs to improve patient care
Hospitals add technology, programs to improve patient care
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 14 February 2013 14:31

Acute Care Model of Patient Care – In October 2012, ProMedica Bay Park Hospital’s medical-surgical and step-down nursing units combined to become one acute care unit. The transition was prompted by an initiative to provide 50 inpatient beds that function under the “universal bed mentality,” meaning patients could be either step-down or medical-surgical status and stay in their rooms.

All registered nurses are certified in advanced cardiac life support, have received additional training related to medications given to step-down patients, and have become familiarized with the standard of care for each type of patient.

This initiative is designed to improve continuity of care for the patients, improve communication with physicians and families, and enhance the knowledge base of all nursing staff.

Jeep Donation – In March, Bay Park donated a 1998 Grand Cherokee Limited Jeep to Cardinal Stritch High School in Oregon. The vehicle, previously used for hospital security, will be used to aid on-campus transportation for the high school.

Mobile MRI – ProMedica Bay Park now has access to a mobile wide-bore MRI unit. The unit:

• Offers nearly one foot of free space between the patient’s head and the magnet;

• Accommodates patients up to 550 pounds

• Accommodates claustrophobic patients

• More than 60 percent of scan types can be completed with the patient’s head outside the unit;

• Lightweight coils enable shorter scant time to improve patient tolerance;


ACR Accreditation – ProMedica Bay Park Hospital is the only hospital in Oregon to receive the American College of Radiology (ACR) Gold Standard for Accreditation for MRI, CT, ultrasound, nuclear medicine. Vascular and echocardiology are accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commissions. To achieve these accreditations, Bay Park’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications.

The ACR gold seal assures that prescribed imaging tests are being done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety.

24/7 radiologist coverage –Bay Park Hospital currently offers a local radiologist 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing for real-time reading of procedures and consultations for physicians.

Electronic patient satisfaction surveys – The hospital has converted to an electronic patient satisfaction survey that is emailed to out-patients and a shortened condensed phone survey for discharged in-patients. The new surveys make feedback more accessible and anonymous.

Walk to Cure Parkinson’s – On Oct. 13, ProMedica Bay Park hosted the 7th Annual Team Fox Walk to Cure Parkinson’s Disease, which raised $2,742 for research. Walk participants joined Team Fox, the grassroots fundraising arm of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), for refreshments and a half-mile walk around the ProMedica Bay Park campus.


Mercy St. Charles Hospital
• Joint Replacement Program – Mercy St. Charles Hospital is enhancing its orthopedic joint replacement services in order to better meet the specific needs of patients undergoing joint replacement.

The new Joint Replacement program is designed to improve outcomes, decrease length of stay and increase patient satisfaction. Patients will benefit from a specially trained staff of nurses and therapists, a pre-op education class, group physical therapy twice a day, and a number of amenities designed specifically for joint replacement patients and their families.

• Comprehensive Breast Clinic – the hospital initiated a new comprehensive Breast Clinic, which takes a multidisciplinary approach for patients diagnosed with breast cancer. Clinic patients will be able to see a general surgeon, medical oncologist, radiologist, pathologist, radiation oncologist, and plastic surgeon all in one visit. The clinics are held on Friday mornings.

• Dietary services spotlighted – Mercy St. Charles Hospital dietary services department, led by Robert Snoad, was profiled in Premier’s Viewpoint newsletter for operational excellence in dietary services.

• New ultrasound unit – St. Charles obtained a new ultrasound unit that will provide state-of-the art technology for patients.

• Minimal Patient LIFT Initiative – Mercy St. Charles, with Catholic Health Partners, initiated a minimal LIFT – Living Injury Free Together – project to provide an additional level of patient and employee safety. The project focuses on education and training, as well as a significant investment in patient lift equipment in all patient care areas that is expected to reduce patient falls and increase comfort, as well as, to reduce employee injuries.

• Partnership with SummaCare for Medicare Advantage Plan – Akron-based SummaCare’s Medicare Advantage plan will offer in-network access to the Mercy health system and its affiliated quality primary care and specialist physicians, a comprehensive network of convenient outpatient services.

• Recognized for Safety – The hospital was among the 729 out of 2,651 hospitals across the nation that received an “A” rating in the recently-released annual Hospital Safety Assessment conducted by The Leapfrog Group.

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