Shelley Dickerson, Elmer Hugh Taylor Clinic, Selected Employee of the 2nd Quarter
Culbertson Memorial Hospital has chosen Shelley Dickerson, a Certified Nursing Assistant, as the 2018 Employee of the Second Quarter. Shelley has worked at Elmer Hugh Taylor Clinic in Beardstown for the past 2 years and is currently a nurse for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Courtney Elliott.
Through nominations submitted by her fellow co-workers, as well as her desire to be a team player, Shelley was the obvious pick for Employee of the Quarter. Shelley likes that every day at the clinic is different and there is never a dull moment. She especially likes hearing back from her patients and the community when they have received great care at Taylor Clinic. Shelly states “I love the people I work with. I am excited to be a part of the pediatrics team and it’s really cool being able to watch the patients grow from being newborn, to their first well child visit to a cruising toddler.”
Shelley resides in Virginia, with her two boys Carter (9) and Cruz (6).
As Employee of the Quarter, Chris received a cash gift, Employee of the Quarter certificate, candy basket and entry for Employee of the Year award in December.
Notice to our Community Medical Clinic of Table Grove Patients:
Effective May 1st, 2018 we will no longer be offering the Vaccines for Children (VFC).
We value our patients and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Technology Meets Comfort
Culbertson Memorial Hospital is now offering patient friendly MRI Services with a Signa Voyager MR System from GE Healthcare. This system was designed to help maximize comfort for patients with:
A 70cm wide bore for more space around you
Next generation clinical applications designed to reduce exam time
Quiet Technology to reduce acoustic noise
In addition, this new system delivers uncompromised Imaging capability to help your physician make definitive diagnosis. Experience the balance of advanced technology and comfort during your next MRI exam.
Increased Patient Comfort 70cm wide bore, the largest on the market, eases patient fears and provides exceptional patient comfort. GE’s most advanced noise-reducing technology, SilentWorks, reduces sound levels to roughly the same as ambient noise. Breathe-free and Motion-free applications eliminate the need for breath-holds and lying still during the exam; both which decrease the patient’s stress level. Experience an overall decrease in claustrophobia.
ENHANCED PATIENT EXPERIENCE Patients can select sound and lighting to fit their mood for a personalized experience which includes skylights, murals and integrated music system. The increased signal allows the exam time to be shortened without compromising image quality. Experience an overall decrease in need for sedation.
INCREASED PHYSICIAN CONFIDENCE Digital Surround Technology simultaneously acquires body coil & surface coil signals for improved SNR and uniformity. Total Digital Imaging helps deliver consistently sharper images than conventional MRI systems. Post-processing is incorporated into the protocol and completely automatic. SAR can be regulated for implants requiring this type of attention.
PERFORM MORE EXAMS 550lb table weight limit. Robust configuration allows retention and growth of exam referrals rather than diverting to other MRI equipment outside your hospital. Non-contrast enhanced MRA’s, improved abdominal, pelvic and long bone imaging due to the improved signal from the enhanced coil options and digital imaging.
We feel the right MR system should offer both excellent images and a user-friendly experience. Patients should be comfortable during their scan, and you should be comfortable in making a definitive diagnosis. We feel the right MR system has arrived.
Medicaid Managed Care Plans
Illinois Medicaid Managed Care is expanding into our service area and is now called HealthChoice Illinois. The Department of Health and Family Services (HFS) Medicaid has started mailing Medicaid patients notification letters related to new HealthChoice Illinois plans. Most patients with an Illinois Medicaid medical card, will be required to pick one of the following managed care plans:
Blue Cross Community Health Plans
Harmony Health Plan, Inc.
Meridian Health Plan
Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital and our Rural Health Clinics have signed contracts with each of the HealthChoice Illinois plans.
Unfortunately, as of March 12, Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital and our Rural Health Clinic Providers are not being shown as in-network. Therefore, our patients who are attempting to enroll in a HealthChoice Illinois plan cannot currently choose their current Primary Care Provider (PCP). We are also aware many of our patients may have received a letter from HealthChoice Illinois listing another provider as their new PCP.
We have been told by the Department of Healthcare & Family Services that they are behind in rostering all the contracted providers, and unfortunately, we have not been given a timeline of when this process will be completed. Please be assured that while this situation is being resolved, you may continue to see your Culbertson Memorial Hospital Rural Health Clinic Provider. We will continue to monitor this process, and appreciate your patience.
Once Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital Rural Health Clinic Providers are enrolled, we will send out another patient notification letter letting our patients know they can now call the Managed Care Plan they chose to change their Primary Care Provider over to your Culbertson Memorial Hospital Rural Health Clinic Provider.
We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. Please note this change does not affect Medicare patients who have secondary Medicaid Insurance. If you have any questions about these changes please contact our Billing Department at 217/322-4321.
HealthCare Service Excellence Summit Award Winner
The Summit Award is the highest award of excellence presented at the HealthCare Service Excellence Conference. It is awarded to qualified, innovative, and progressive individuals, teams, and healthcare facilities who have made outstanding
progress towards improving the patient experience and staff engagement. Individuals, teams, or organizations must be nominated to be eligible for a Summit Award.
In 2017, the Summit Awards committee received over 265 nominations from 20 different healthcare organizations spanning 10 states. 54 of the nominations were chosen as Pinnacle Achievers (the best of the best), and 15 of those 54 were presented the Summit Award.
The 2017 Summit Awards are presented by Custom Learning Systems during the annual HealthCare Service Excellence Conference. (www.customlearning.com) The HealthCare Service Excellence Conference is dedicated to delivering evidence based solutions to help hospitals and other healthcare facilities improve the overall patient experience.
Culbertson Memorial Hospital's Jim Tomko, Therapy Services, was a 2017 Pinnacle Award Recipient for a Service Excellence Advisor - First Year.
We are very proud of Jim for this amazing accomplishment!
Rhonda Roberts, Medical Records, Selected Employee of the 1st Quarter
Rhonda Roberts has been selected to be the 2018 Employee of the 1st Quarter. Rhonda has worked at Culbertson Memorial Hospital for 18 years in the Medical Records Department and is a certified coder.
Donald Sarnecki, 2017 Employee of the Year
Culbertson Memorial Hospital recently announced Donald Sarnecki was voted as the 2017 Employee of the Year. Donald works in Housekeeping, and has been a part of the Culbertson Memorial staff for nine years. Donald is a dedicated, hard working employee with positive attitude. Donald enjoys working at Culbertson Memorial Hospital for the good people he encounters. He believes Housekeeping is important because they keep the hospital clean, which helps prevent infections and the spread of germs.
Visitor Restrictions Continue Due To An Increase In Influenza Activity
According to CDC and IDPH, the influenza activity in the United States is on the rise. Due to the recent increase of positive influenza tests in Schuyler County, Culbertson Memorial Hospital will be limiting the visitors in order to help stop the spread of influenza.
New guidelines until further notice:
• No children under 12 years of age
• Only 2 visitors at a time
• Any visitor with respiratory symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath), rash, or diarrhea must not visit until all symptoms are cleared.
• If there is a critical need for a visitor with respiratory symptoms to see a patient a mask must be worn at all time while in the hospital.
• All visitors should use hand sanitizer upon entering the patients room and prior to leaving the patient’s room.
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