Caring for the community extends past the patients who come to Memorial Hospital of Union County. Continuing a tradition of holiday giving, the Medical Staff and Board of Trustees of Memorial Hospital voted to forgo receiving a holiday gift so that those allocated funds can be donated to local not-for-profit organizations instead.
Memorial Hospital of Union County announced its 2008 Star Performer of the Year and Albert E. Dykes Healthcare Worker of the Year nominee this week. Receiving both honors is Becca Dillon, Director of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Dillon has been with Memorial Hospital since 1986 when she began as a staff registered nurse. She has worked in numerous departments throughout her career, including Obstetrics, Morey, Emergency, Post Anesthesia Care Unit and the ICU. Dillon has also served in several capacities, including Clinical Coordinator, Assistant Director, and Director within Memorial’s Emergency Department before taking over as Director for the ICU.
Memorial Hospital of Union County sponsored its fourth annual Holiday Card Contest for local students. The contest is for the design of the hospital’s holiday card which is sent to staff, physicians, donors, and other members of the community.
This year’s contest was open to the fifth and sixth grade students at St. John’s Lutheran School. One winner was selected by the hospital’s Board of Trustees, Medical Staff Officers and Senior Leadership Team. This year’s winner is fifth grader, Lauren Kocsis. For her artistic talents, she received a $100 savings bond and a Toys ‘R’ Us gift certificate.
Alice Liggett was recognized at the Union County Chamber of Commerce’s Salute to Leaders on November 13, 2008.
Alice has devoted her entire professional career to Memorial Hospital of Union County and the health of others. She attended Carnegie College and became a lab technician in 1970. Working her way up, she assumed the Lab Director position in 1986. In April of 2008, after being part of the hospital team for over 35 years, Alice retired and soon returned to Memorial Hospital in a contingent staff role, to offer assistance wherever she is needed.
Heavy equipment operators have been busy at Memorial Hospital in recent weeks. Curbing, enhanced lighting, new asphalt, landscaping, and new striping that maximizes the number of spaces in each lot will be the result when the project on the east side of the hospital is completed in mid- to late-November.
With warmer temperatures next spring, the equipment will be back again as the community hospital blacktops a new lot on the other side of Plum Street at the site of the former floral shop. This new area will be used for employee parking, freeing up space on the east side of the main campus for patients and visitors. At the same time, the remaining section of Plum Street will also be repaved through a cooperative effort.
The Memorial Hospital of Union County Business Relations Committee recognized its 100th member of the Business Honor Roll. Marysville’s branch of First Federal Community Bank was recognized on October 30th during a Health Forum at the newly remodeled Union Rural Electric Coop building.
The Health Forum featured speakers Deb Stubbs, Health Center Director at Memorial Hospital and Kevin Decot, Senior Staff Administrator at Honda of America. They discussed the benefits of creating wellness programs for employees, including the financial success associated with these efforts.
A program that originally started in 1978 with one nurse and a secretary has grown into a full staff of four registered nurse (RN) case managers, one contingent RN, one licensed practical nurse (LPN), two maternal child health RNs, two physical therapists, one licensed physical therapy assistant (LPTA), two home health aides, an office manager, administrative secretary and director.
Since Monday, October 13th, renovation has begun for parking lots on the east side of the Memorial Hospital of Union County campus. The repaving project will restore the condition of the lots, add lighting and curbs for safety, and create more parking spaces.
Memorial Hospital of Union County is proud to introduce Douglas S. Skura, MD as the newest member of its medical staff.
A board certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Skura is practicing at Marysville Orthopedics, along with Dr. Mark Stover, at its new location in the Mill Valley Medical Building on State Route 31. He is fellowship trained in joint replacement and offers a variety of services, including knee, hip and shoulder joint replacements, treatment of pediatric fractures, hand and foot surgery, arthroscopic procedures and the assessment and treatment of osteoporosis. Additionally Dr. Skura offers surgical repair of rotator cuff tears of the shoulder, anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions and knee joint preservation procedures such as partial knee replacement and cartilage transfer.
“My goal is to provide highly skilled orthopedic care and assessment to make people’s lives better, whether it is with operative or non-operative care,” provides Dr. Skura. “I look at the whole person, the context of their orthopedic problem and how it impacts them.” The recommendation for physical or occupational therapy, splints or joint injections can help many orthopedic conditions.
Memorial Hospital of Union County is proud to announce that Britt Cummins was awarded Pharmacy Director of the Year by Pharmacy Systems, Incorporated (PSI).
This honor directly reflects Britt’s leadership and commitment to efficiency and process improvement. In the four years that Britt has been with Memorial Hospital, he has served as a key player in many significant projects including development of an anticoagulation clinic, re-development of the pharmacy system, reorganization of the department to bring pharmacists directly to the nursing units and recruitment and retention of skilled pharmacy staff members.