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How Unit Practice Councils Benefit the Hospital and Clinical Staff

Smaller hospitals may use overall nursing councils, but unit-based shared governance councils are a newer concept. Also known as unit practice councils, or UPCs, these formal groups representing each nursing unit are designed to involve frontline clinical staff in decision making. UPCs uphold the belief that no one understands staff and patient-care challenges better than the staff members themselves; hence, no one is better positioned to offer solutions.

At the organizational level, the benefits of UPCs include:

Increased employee engagement and satisfaction Improved patient care and satisfaction Increased efficiency through...

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Community Hospital Corporation Announces 2019 Dan Wilford Award Winner: Jodi Harris, Southwest Health System Director of Rehab

Plano, Texas (August 1, 2019) – Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) is proud to announce Jodi Harris as winner of the 2019 Dan Wilford Award for Compassion and Community Service. Harris is Director of Rehab Services for Southwest Health System (SHS), Cortez, Colorado, a hospital managed by CHC. Nominated by SHS colleagues Meghan Higman, Education/Staff Development Director, and Travis Parker, Chief Human Resources Officer, Harris is described as “passionate about helping others and delivering evidence-based, patient-centered care.” Early on in her 18 years at SHS, patients needing physical therapy began requesting...


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ContinueCARE Hospital at Baptist Health Corbin Recognized for Excellence

ContinueCARE Hospital at Baptist Health Corbin, a Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH) located in Corbin, Kentucky, is proud to earn designation as a Respiratory Center of Excellence by the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ)—the first facility in the country to receive this specific CIHQ designation for respiratory therapy.

Read the full report in Becker’s Hospital Review, June 7,...


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ContinueCARE Hospital at Baptist Health Corbin Recognized for Excellence

Plano, TX (June 5, 2019) – ContinueCARE Hospital at Baptist Health Corbin, a Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH) located in Corbin, Kentucky, is proud to earn designation as a Respiratory Center of Excellence by the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ)—the first facility in the country to receive this specific CIHQ designation for respiratory therapy.

“We are proud that our commitment to quality patient care has led to excellence and fulfillment of the highest CIHQ standards,” said Tommy Le, CEO, ContinueCARE Hospital at Baptist Health Corbin. Le’s leadership...


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North Texas Medical Center selects Simple Interact for Front Office Automation

DALLAS, April 23, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — North Texas Medical Center (NTMC) is working to improve the experience of all patients. A major step is NTMC’s selection of Simple Interact and its complete suite of Front Office Automation services which are designated to enhance several aspects of a patient’s experience.

Read the full PR Newswire article, Apr. 23,...


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Hospital Risk Management

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Foundational Principles and Best Practices for Hospital Risk Management

When an effective hospital risk management program is in place, the most critical element—maintaining a culture focused on patient safety—is intangible. Safety culture is a shared belief among the entire hospital staff that safety is important, and a shared responsibility.

By definition, safety culture is part of organizational culture and is upheld by staff at all levels and in every department. Risk management is not just a clinical concern. Everyone contributes. Maintenance workers identify and remove trip hazards in and around the facility. Housekeeping plays a vital role in infection...


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Freestone Medical Center Recognized for High-quality Care

Freestone Medical Center has received the TMF Hospital Quality Improvement Silver Award from TMF® Health Quality Institute.

“We are very proud to be recognized for our quality. Our success illustrates our commitment to patient safety and consistent delivery of quality healthcare,” said John Yeary, CEO, Freestone Medical Center. “It was a significant amount of work, but well worth it because it was the right thing to do for our patients.”

Yeary shared, “I congratulate all Freestone Medical Center team members for their hard work toward achieving this outstanding level of...


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Freestone Medical Center Recognized for High-Quality Care

FAIRFIELD, TEXAS – February 7, 2019 – Freestone Medical Center has received the TMF Hospital Quality Improvement Silver Award from TMF® Health Quality Institute.

“We are very proud to be recognized for our quality. Our success illustrates our commitment to patient safety and consistent delivery of quality healthcare,” said John Yeary, CEO, Freestone Medical Center. “It was a significant amount of work, but well worth it because it was the right thing to do for our patients.”

Yeary shared, “I congratulate all Freestone Medical Center team members for their hard...


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What Would We Do Without Local Medical Care?

by Regina Keilers, Publisher, Fayette County Record, La Grange, Texas

I found myself in need of medical care again recently. The details of what was wrong are not really the important part of the story, what is important is how I was cared for.

I had a small spot on my arm (probably a bug bite) that was red and seemed to possibly be infected. I put some antibiotic cream on it and covered it up hop-ing that would take care of it. After a couple of days, (on a...


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Yoakum hospital recognized for wound care clinic

Yoakum Community Hospital’s Wound Care Clinic has received the RestorixHealth’s Center of Excellence award, according to a news release from the hospital.

“This achievement reaffirms the quality of care that our Wound Care Clinic provides its patients,” said CEO Karen Barber. “We are proud to be a recipient of an award that recognizes the hard work and dedication of our staff.”

See full article in the Victoria Advocate, August 22, 2018.

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