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PostHeaderIcon Hospital CEO, Tommy Mullins provides nearly 50 years of leadership and service to Rural WV

Tommy Mullins is the CEO of Boone Memorial Hospital in Madison. He joined the staff as a bookkeeper in May 1964, the same year the hospital opened its doors. He is currently the only remaining original employee of Boone Memorial Hospital and the longest running CEO in West Virginia (employed at the same continuous hospital). Mullins has received state and national recognition for his role as a small rural hospital CEO, including being named a Distinguished West Virginian, the State's highest honor, two times for his community and rural health accomplishments.

Mullins has been a leader through many difficult years of health care reform yet has made every effort to maintain a solid work environment for the employees of BMH. Boone Memorial Hospital has continued to survive and prosper at a time when many rural hospitals across the State have had to close because of poor economic conditions in most cases.

During his tenure as CEO, Mullins has watched the facility triple in personnel growth and overseen numerous expansions. Just this year Mullins led the process to convert BMH to a 501-c-3 non-profit hospital and helped secure a nearly 32 million dollar loan from the USDA to build a new hospital. Construction plans are underway and Mullins has been instrumental in the overall process. Mullins may very well end up being the only CEO in the State of WV to have been a key player in opening two new hospitals at the same location within 50 years of one another.

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PostHeaderIcon Radiology Department receives stellar rating for Mammography Accreditation

The Radiology Department at Boone Memorial Hospital recently finished its renewal process for the mammography accreditation and was granted a 3-year certification from the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Food and Drug Administration. 

“Three years is the maximum certification they can grant,” explained Radiology Director, Greg Zornes. The process is actually quite involved. When they come in to do the inspection they check our equipment and the QA (Quality Assurance) program, which basically means making sure our Radiologist Technologists are following proper procedures and meeting standards. We also have to send images of actual patients to make sure our positioning is good and the quality of our pictures meets their standards. There were no deficiencies found in any of these areas. We were very pleased. The hard work and dedication of our Radiology Technologists, Lora Ballard, Angie Chafin and Lisa Pratt is the main reason we achieved this excellent rating,” Zornes added.

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PostHeaderIcon Radiology Director Greg Zornes receives Gloriam Award

One of Boone Memorial Hospital’s own has received a very prestigious award from Wheeling Jesuit University. Greg Zornes who serves as the Director of Radiology was recently presented with the Gloriam Award for Leadership, Service, and Academic Excellence.

Zornes is enrolled in the BOLD program (Bachelor’s of Organizational Leadership and Development) at Wheeling Jesuit. He received the award for his leadership role at BMH, service to the community and for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average while in the program.

“We are very proud of Greg. He has been a leader at Boone Memorial Hospital for many years so I’m not surprised by this accomplishment,” said CEO of BMH, Tommy Mullins.

Zornes was one of only a handful of students selected from more than 375 who were academically eligible to receive this year’s award.

The committee commended Zornes on his willingness to assume leadership responsibilities for campus and community based activities, service activities and for his excellence in academics.

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PostHeaderIcon James F. Trusley Employee of the Year Award, Stuard "Stu" Haugen

Boone Memorial Hospital would like to recognize the recipient of the 2013 James F. Trusley Employee of the Year Award – Stuard “Stu” Haugen. 

Hard-working, considerate and caring are a few of the many words used to describe Stu. He currently resides in Verdunville in Logan County and has worked as a Nurse at Boone Memorial Hospital for 7 years. Stu is an Emergency Room Nurse and evening shift supervisor.

Prior to his current role as Nurse Supervisor, Stu was an ER Staff Nurse.

He is known for his great work ethic and skill.

“Stu is a great team leader. He is a very caring person and a good nurse,” said Teresa Meade, RN BSN, Chief Clinical Officer/Executive Director of Support Services at BMH.

Stu has a Nursing Degree from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Some of his job duties at BMH include treating patients and supervising the evening shift nursing staff.

“It’s a challenge but I really enjoy it,” said Stu.

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PostHeaderIcon Free Diabetes Education Classes

Boone Memorial Hospital and the West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI) have partnered together to offer free diabetes education classes for the community.

Classes began Friday, April 5th and will also be held April 12 and April 19th.

“Due to an overwhelming response classes are full at this time however we are taking names for our stand-by list and hope to have another class soon,” said Karlie Belle Price, Marketing and Public Relations Director at Boone Memorial Hospital.

To register for future classes, call Traci Gillispie at 304-346-9864 x3221 or 304-590-6129.

The free diabetes classes are being held in the upstairs conference room of Boone Memorial Hospital from noon to 1:30 p.m.

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PostHeaderIcon Scott High Strongman Competition

Boone Memorial Hospital supported the Scott High School Strongman Competition on April 6, 2013. The hospital Dietary Department donated granola bars and fruit to keep participants energized throughout the event.

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PostHeaderIcon Free Diabetes Education Classes

Written by: Bethany Knowles, Communications Specialist, WVMI

Boone Memorial Hospital and the West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI) are partnering to offer free diabetes education classes for the community. Diabetes is considered an epidemic in West Virginia with as many as 1 in 6 people diagnosed with the disease, and limited educational opportunities in certain parts of the state.

The free diabetes classes will be held in the upstairs conference room of Boone Memorial Hospital on April 5, April 12 and April 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided by Boone Memorial Hospital for program attendees at no cost. BMH will also award participants who attend all three sessions a free shirt (while supplies last). These educational sessions are part of a program called Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC), which is funded by Medicare and coordinated by WVMI. Classes are open to people who have diabetes, their family members and caregivers, especially those with Medicare. To register for the classes, call Traci Gillispie at 304-346-9864 x3221 or 304-590-6129.

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PostHeaderIcon Hospital Day at the Legislature

 

Various hospitals from across the State of West Virginia attended Hospital Day at the Legislature at the State Capitol Complex on March 13 to serve as exhibitors and meet with Legislative Representatives regarding various laws, regulations, etc that affect hospitals and healthcare State-wide. The WVHA (West Virginia Hospital Association) organized the event. Boone Memorial Hospital has attended Hospital Day the past three years.

BMH Marketing Director, Karlie Belle Price and Terri Dolin, RN/Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Boone Memorial attended on the hospital’s behalf. Dolin offered pulse oximeter readings and blood pressures, while Price gave away marketing materials and handled public relations.

The day began with breakfast and legislative remarks by Doug Bentz, CEO of Roane General Hospital and Chair of the WV Hospital Association Board of Trustees, Joe Letnaunchyn, WVHA President and CEO, Tony Gregory, VP of Legislative Affairs, Delegate Don Perdue, Chair of the House Health & Human Resources Committee and Senator Ron Stollings, Chair of the Senate Health & Human Resources.

 

 

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PostHeaderIcon Reps from BMH travel to Corry Memorial

 

On Thursday, February 28th over twenty representatives from Boone Memorial Hospital including CEO Tommy Mullins, members of the medical staff; Dr. James Stollings and Dr. James Walker, Board of Director member Bill Stone and various Department Directors traveled to Corry, PA to tour the new facility.

“Our main purpose for the trip was for us to learn from others’ mistakes as well as what works and what does not work, what looks good but does not function well and what is durable and what is not,” explained Mullins.

Boone Memorial Hospital chose Corry Memorial mainly because it is the most recently completed hospital completed by Yanik, Inc., the company BMH selected to build its new hospital. Yanik, Inc. has been involved exclusively in healthcare planning, development, design and construction since 1991 and have worked in nine states including Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Hawaii.

 

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PostHeaderIcon BMH Medical Clinic receives a 95% on the maintenance of child immunizations

The BMH Medical Clinic receives top ranking on the maintenance of immunizations and other vaccines. 

Medical Clinic Director, Carolyn Halstead said it was quite a jump from last year’s scores.

“We went from an 85% last year to a 95% out of 100 this year. This is a big achievement within one year and it’s due primarily to the hard work and dedication of Sharelle Adkins, LPN. Sharelle is new in this role and has been diligent in making sure the immunization records are kept up to date since she began. She is a very competent nurse and excellent with the patients.”

 

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PostHeaderIcon BMH offers in-house Education for Medical Personnel

In the past, nurses, mid-levels (Physician Assistants/Nurse Practitioners) and doctors at Boone Memorial Hospital would travel off-site to receive certifications in BLS (Basic Life Support), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support). However, now BMH offers in-house education for its medical personnel.

BMH employees Beth Blosser, RN, Joe Thompson, RN, Stuard Haugen, RN and Kevin Hill, PA attended classes to become Instructors. Jerry Quisenberry, PA, who worked at BMH before going to WV Family Wellness in Madison, along with Blosser and Hill were the first to become Instructors.

 

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