Hays, KS – (Feb. 9, 2015) The Center for Health Improvement announced today that is has been re-certified by the Medical Fitness Association, the country’s leading organization dedicated solely to medically integrated wellness and fitness facilities. This certification is a significant step forward in providing for the health of the entire community and to the individuals taking responsibility for their personal healthcare. Currently there are 34 United States certified facilities and 18 International facilities, Hays being the only one in Kansas.
“Our mission at The Center is To Help People Get Well Sooner and Stay Well Longer” says Stephanie Schaffer-Howie, Fitness Director at The Center for Health Improvement. “Our medical fitness center integrates traditional medical treatment with fitness, disease prevention and health education allowing each individual to achieve lifelong wellness. The staff is committed to helping members make life improvements through lifestyle change. We work closely with physicians and other healthcare providers that cover all aspects of health and wellness in hoping to make Hays the healthiest rural community in America.”
This program is the first and only certification offered specifically to facilities in the medical fitness industry—an industry that serves over 4 million members worldwide. Based on the Medical Fitness Association’s internationally recognized Standards and Guidelines for Medical Fitness Facilities, the certification process involves an in-depth , on-site review of a facility’s adherence to the prescribed standards and guidelines. The certification process is an integral part of ensuring that facilities provide a high level of quality and safety in the programs and services they deliver in order for them to become fully integrated into the local continuum of health care. The Medical Fitness Association Facility Certification is recognized as a mark of excellence in the health and wellness industry.
“With the implementation of the Accountable Care Act and its impact on healthcare systems beginning to be realized, the industry is looking for ways to better manage and coordinate care for the communities they serve. As the incidence of chronic disease continues to rise, the need for more medically supervised, outcomes and accountability based exercise as medicine programs have never been more relevant in our industry than today. It is clear that the task to produce and deliver this revolution in the provision of healthcare with all its necessary components and guidelines is a herculean task. The Center for Health Improvement has taken an important step towards filling a gap in the current care delivery model. The Time is Now to implement these accountable models of health that reduce the severity of chronic disease and improve the quality of life for those who participate!” – Robert D Boone, FACHE, FMFA, President and CEO, Medical Fitness Association
The Center for Health Improvement opened its doors to the community in February 2002. The facility houses a fitness center which includes state of the art equipment, aquatics area, the latest group fitness classes for all levels, full service juice bar and play center areas. Fitness amenities include Personal Training, Massage, Health Coaching and Nutritional Consults. The facility also houses Outpatient areas such as Cardiac Rehab, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Sleep Center as well as the Hays Orthopedic and SouthWind Surgical Clinics. For more information, call The Center for Health Improvement at 785-623-6340 or visit our website at www.thecenter.haysmed.com.
Hays, Kansas (Feb 4, 2015) – HaysMed is working with other Ellis County Kansas health providers to update the 2012 community health needs assessment. Results of this update will be compiled and prioritized to help guide the hospital’s implementation plans to address health care needs and fulfill both federal and state requirements.
Starting the week of February 2nd, surveys will be mailed to 2800 randomly selected Ellis county residents with a deadline of Friday Feb 27th. (Note: If you would like to participate and do not receive a mailed survey, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Hays15CHNA to complete the survey online.) Copies of the paper survey will also be available for pickup after February 10 at HaysMed at the Information Desks in the Miller Medical Pavilion Entrance B, Main Entrance C and at The Center for Health Improvement.
All Ellis County KS residents and business leaders are encouraged to participate. Included in the 2015 CHNA surveys are questions dealing with community health regarding service delivery, fitness, nutrition, and access to care. All survey responses are anonymous and completing the survey takes less than 10 minutes. VVV Research & Development LLC, an independent research firm from Olathe, Kansas has been retained to conduct this countywide research.
If you have any questions about the survey or survey process, please call 785-623-2300.
Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute Radiation Oncology Staff
Hays, KS (Jan 30, 2015) – The Radiation Oncology department at HaysMed’s Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute recently received accreditation for its radiation oncology program from the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO).
This 3-year accreditation, beginning in April, was granted after a rigorous survey by ACRO, which involved a review of the facility and equipment, staffing, processes, patients’ charts and a site visit by members of ACRO. After the survey was conducted, the data was reviewed, and the HaysMed Radiation Oncology program was determined to be in accordance with the standards of the American College of Radiation Oncology.
ACRO strives to ensure the highest quality care for radiation therapy patients and promote success in the practice of radiation oncology through education, responsible socioeconomic advocacy, and integration of science and technology into clinical practice.
“We are pleased to be recognized by the ACRO with this accreditation,” said William Cadoret, Director of the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute. “We work hard to ensure our radiation therapy is the highest quality. Our physicians and staff are highly educated and trained, and we continue to invest in our facility and equipment, such as our new SBRT linear accelerator and advanced technology like Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). The ACRO accreditation verifies that our program provides high quality radiation therapy to the people in Western Kansas.”
Hays Daily News
By MAGGIE GEBHARDT
Extra precaution is being taken after visitor restrictions were implemented Wednesday at Hays Medical Center.
Due to a highly contagious flu season, visitors displaying symptoms will not be permitted on patient floors within the facility.
“One of the main concerns has been that the vaccine wasn’t as effective as first expected,” said HaysMed Infection Prevention Officer Bevra Brinkman.
Symptoms of influenza including headache, fever, body aches, weakness, sore throat, cough and a runny or stuffy nose are considered dangerous.
Age restrictions also are being enforced at the medical center. The flu can cause serious complications, or even be fatal, for the very young and elderly. Children are also more likely to spread influenza. Therefore, visitors 12 years old or younger will not be allowed on patient floors.
“Usually, young children carry a lot of germs around,” Brinkman said. “We don’t want any children at inpatient areas in and around the facility.” Brinkman said it is important for children to stay away from family members who have been admitted for influenza. “They should stay away from anyone who has symptoms,” she said.
Happy Days Childcare, Hays, realizes the importance of keeping their 3- to 5-year-old children healthy.
“When we have kids get sick, they stay home for at least 24 hours after the symptoms have cleared,” said Tiffanie Thiede, Happy Days Childcare teacher.
Thiede said the daycare has not yet had to implement additional restrictions, but they are continuing to remain careful to keep their childcare facility sanitized and germ-free.
“We spray down everything with a disinfectant,” she said. “We are always wiping things down, and if toys go in mouths, we disinfect.”
Across the country, there has been a significant rise of influenza A and B, according to HaysMed.
Therefore, precautions are necessary to protect patients, family and hospital employees. “We increased restrictions because we saw an increase of patients admitted to the facility with influenza,” Brinkman said. “We typically do this every year. It’s nothing new.”
Visitor restrictions will stay in place until the end of flu season, according to the infection prevention officer.
“They should be lifted by March 31,” she said.
In the meantime, HaysMed visitors are to pay close attention to restriction postings around the facility.
“We have them at all entrances,” Brinkman sa
From left to right: Michele Clark, Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, Melanie Urban, RN, BSN, NACP, Patient Quality Services Director at HaysMed and Paul Carrington, RN, CNO, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital discuss HEN at a recent meeting at HaysMed.
HAYS, Kan. (Jan 20, 2015) HaysMed, Hays, has been recognized by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) and the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) for its participation in a three-year national Partnership for Patients initiative known as the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN).
On December 2, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that HEN efforts to improve patient safety resulted in a 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) such as adverse drug events, pressure ulcers, and surgical site infections among others. HHS had set an ambitious goal of reducing HACs by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent by the end of the 2014.
HaysMed and 99 other hospitals in the Kansas HEN collectively prevented an estimated 3,800 safety events (including readmissions) at an estimated cost savings of more than $23.2 million, as calculated by the Health Educational Research Trust (HRET). HHS reported that national efforts to improve patient safety resulted in an estimated 1.3 million fewer patient safety events, 50,000 lives saved and $12 billion in health spending avoided.
“Our health care team is devoted to safe, high quality care delivery,” said Dr. Larry Watts, Chief Medical Officer. “We are proud of our collaboration with our peers across the state, our patients, and the impact our work has made to improve patient safety. We appreciate the physicians, nurses and other key staff who contributed to this successful initiative.” Watts said.
The statewide collaborative, led by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, allowed hospitals to learn from state and national subject matter experts, plus work together to share best practices and resources to rapidly achieve progress in technical and cultural aspects of patient safety.
“KHC congratulates Kansas hospitals for their extensive contributions and work together to improve quality and patient safety throughout Kansas,” said Kendra Tinsley, KHC executive director. “These reductions are the result of a deep commitment to patient safety and have a demonstrable impact on patients’ lives.”
“These phenomenal results across the state and nation represent major strides in patient safety thanks to a strong collaboration among our hospitals,” said Tom Bell, president and chief executive officer of KHA. “We congratulate and thank all Kansas hospitals and our many partners for their leadership and hard work now and into the future.”
In 2015, many Kansas hospitals will continue their collaboration through the Kansas HEN. KHC will sustain and support the improvement infrastructure created for Kansas hospitals by offering education and technical assistance, as well as providing resources and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning.
For more information about HaysMed and our patient safety initiatives, please contact Melanie Urban, Director Patient Quality Services at 785.623.5590.. For more information about the Kansas HEN, visit www.khconline.org.
HAYS, Kan. (Jan 19, 2015) HaysMed has initiated expansion of its Point of Service (POS) Collections. The new Payment Service Program (PSP) includes patients being told in advance what will be involved in their care so they can appropriately plan for their service. The new plan takes effect January 20, 2015.
HaysMed has practiced collecting the co-pay in its clinics for the past few years but the PSP will now include hospital visits, and will expand to eventually include all registration areas within the hospital. The expanded process involves providing patients information upfront about their financial responsibilities, allowing them earlier payment and financial planning opportunities.
The PSP includes both pre-service and point of service payments. Pre-service covers discussions and collections of a patient’s payment (e.g. copay, deductible, co-insurance) for scheduled services prior to arrival at the hospital. PSP is centered on discussions and collecting a patient’s payment upon the patient’s arrival at Registration for a scheduled service or when he/she is discharged from the Emergency Department.
Traditionally, health facilities have focused on educating patients about the clinical aspects of their services and the patients received their bills after the service was provided. With the advent of transparency in pricing, facilities are trying to educate the patient on both the clinical and financial aspects of their services. This information allows patients to make more informed decisions when planning for their care.
“We’ve always taken pride in providing quality healthcare and customer service for our patients, and in order to continue to provide superior services, we must adapt to the constant and complex changes of the healthcare environment.” said George Harms, Chief Financial Officer at HaysMed.
Name: Ian Gray Member Since: March 2014
What are your fitness goals for 2015?
– Get 405lbs on Flat Bench
– Consistently weigh 220+
– Drop Body Fat % to 12%
– And continue to challenge myself
What is your weekly workout routine?
Mon: Chest and Triceps
Tue: Back and Biceps
Wed: Shoulders and Light Legs
Thur: Arms (biceps and triceps)
Fri: Legs and ABS
Sat: Two lifts for each muscle group (high reps)
*10-20 min of cardio before or after workout
What keeps you motivated?
Knowing that my physical ability to overcome a threat in my line of work can determine if I go home at the end of my shift or not.
Do you have a success story to share?
While I served in the Army, I was deployed to the Middle East. I competed in an annual Batman Memorial Death March, which was held at a military base in Kuwait in the middle of the desert during a mild sand storm. It was a team event of 5 soldiers with the challenge of wearing our full combat uniforms with a minimum 30lb pack. It was my first marathon that I ever competed in. It was by far the most physically demanding task I have ever done, and due to hard training weeks prior, we took first place! It was a true honor.