Cancer patients and their caregivers are invited to free monthly meetings of The Chicken Soup Group to share a light meal, obtain cancer-related information, and participate in a support group. All are invited, whether they have just learned of their cancer diagnosis, or have started or completed treatment.
Memorial Hospital Receives Healthgrades Five-Star Rating For Quality of Total Knee Replacement SurgeriesWednesday, 05 November 2014 14:02
Memorial Hospital has received five stars for the quality of its total knee replacement care from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for consumers making decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital and the right care. Memorial Hospital was the only hospital in the Columbus DMA (*designated marketing area) to receive this rating for three years in a row. This achievement is part of new findings and data released recently in the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation.
Each year,Healthgrades evaluates the records of about 40-million Medicare patients at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for a three-year period. Outcomes for patients involving 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions were evaluated for related complications or mortality (2011-13).The Healthgrades report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes and organizational costs.
A Five-Star rating for total knee replacement surgery indicates that Memorial Hospital’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition. Healthgrades determined that patients had a 63.8-percent lower risk of complications when total knee replacement was performed at a Five-Star-rated hospital, as compared with patient outcomes at a facility which received a One-Star rating.
“We are proud that surgeons at Memorial Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (formerly Marysville Orthopedics & Sports Medicine) provide the highest quality of care resulting in great recovery results for their patients,” said Victor Trianfo, DO, Memorial Health’s Chief Medical Officer. Doctors Mark Stover, Douglas Skura, and Timothy Lynch – along with Memorial’s surgical teams -- deserve major credit for achieving superior outcomes for their knee replacement surgeries for the third straight year at our hospital.”
Detailed performance information about the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.
The Board of Directors of the Union County Hospital Association has created the Memorial Health Foundation to provide expanded philanthropic giving opportunities in support of the charitable mission of Memorial Hospital, Memorial Gables, and related operations. These entities were recently re-named and now reside within Memorial Health.
“The transition from the Union County Hospital Association into the Memorial Health Foundation results from a careful, year-long analysis of best practices for nonprofit entities as well as a review of federal and state regulations,” explains Chip Hubbs, President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Health. “The Union County Hospital Association is the non-profit corporation formed in 1945 by local leaders to plan and build the hospital for the people of Union County. Now, that same organization, doing business as Memorial Health Foundation, will help support our next generation of growth and expanded community services.”
All gifts to the Memorial Health Foundation, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, are tax deductible. Expanded gift opportunities will include a new sustaining or annual fund (The Memorial Health Fund), charitable estate planning, and a variety of event and project sponsorship opportunities.
Chris Norman, Executive Director of Memorial Health Foundation, arrived in August to begin planning and implementation efforts. Norman is a veteran development and community relations officer with an extensive background in philanthropic management for nonprofit organizations including healthcare, higher education, and community service organizations. He can be reached at (937) 578-6098 or at christopher.norman@memorial ohio.com .
Pharmacists at the new Memorial Heart Failure Clinic are collaborating with doctors of heart failure patients to devise individual plans designed to improve and prolong their lives. Participants are referred by their doctors, who receive reports after each visit.
Patients with heart failure are often on highly complex medication regimens that can be difficult to follow. Clinical pharmacists help each patient organize their medications and related schedules and provide education that can improve their health: tips for diet, exercise, stress management, and tobacco cessation. The goal is preventing the progression of heart failure.
“We see our patients on a regular basis. Their first visit is typically within a week or two after a hospital stay,” explains Craig Baker, Pharm. D, MBA, Clinical Pharmacist for the Memorial Medication Therapies Center, which includes the Heart Failure Clinic. “I develop a relationship with each patient, and understand their own needs and issues. “Education and communication are key. If we reduce the amount of medication needed, we reduce the side effects and adverse effects on the body.”
Michael Donnally, MD, board-certified Cardiologist and Medical Director for the Memorial Medication Therapies Center says “The techniques and education used at the clinic help optimize the quality of life for each patient by making the best use of all treatment options available and providing helpful oversight for their personalized care plan.”
Heart failure is one of the most common causes of hospital admissions for patients over the age of 65. There is no cure, but active involvement in managing medication and lifestyle should also be understood and supported by the patient’s family for the best outcomes. The Memorial Medication Therapies Center, featuring the Heart Failure and Anticoagulation clinics, is located at 112 Morey Drive, Suite B, Marysville. For information or questions, call (937) 578-4281.
Memorial Hospital of Union County, The Gables at Green Pastures and its related services and locations have become Memorial Health, a multi-specialty, full-service system of health and wellness services.
Memorial Hospital of Union County Chief Financial Officer Jeff Ehlers is named in the national list of “150 hospital and health system CFOs to know” by Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading source of cutting-edge business and legal information for healthcare industry leaders. Awardees were selected for leadership in financially successful healthcare organizations.
A recent study by the Union County Health Department indicates that 62% of Union County seniors believe that falling is just a normal part of aging and 48% worry or have anxiety that they might fall..
The Union County Sheriff’s Office, Memorial Hospital of Union County, and the Union County Drug Free Coalition are partnering to hold a prescription drug “Take-Back”, a national initiative of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), seeking to reduce pill abuse and theft.
Memorial Hospital of Union County is pleased to announce the addition of Adam Barker, MD to its team of surgeons.
Columbus Business First has named Chip Hubbs, President/CEO at Memorial Hospital of Union County, to its list of 2014 C-Suite Awards honorees, who will be celebrated at an October 30th gala featuring Les Wexner, L Brands Inc. founder and CEO, as the keynote speaker.