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PostHeaderIcon Employee of the Month June 2013, Elizabeth “Libby” Brown

Boone Memorial Hospital would like to recognize the June 2013 Employee of the Month, Elizabeth “Libby” Brown. Libby is originally from West Virginia but moved to Tennessee for almost 12 years and eventually returned back to WV to be closer to her parents and family. She currently resides in Wharton in Boone County and has been on staff at BMH for approximately two years. She is a Registered Nurse Clinical Implementation Specialist.

As the Clinical Implementation Specialist Libby implements and provides continued support of the BMH computer documentation systems at both the Rural Health Clinic and BMH Medical Clinic as well as the hospital. She recently re-implemented CPOE for all in-house patients and continues to support medical providers and the nursing staff.

Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) (also sometimes referred to as Computerized Provider Order Entry) is a form of patient management software. It is a process of electronic entry of medical practitioner instructions for the treatment of patients (particularly hospitalized patients) under his or her care. These orders are communicated over a computer network to the medical staff or to the departments (pharmacy, laboratory, or radiology) responsible for fulfilling the order. CPOE decreases delay in order completion, reduces errors related to handwriting or transcription, allows order entry at the point of care or off-site, provides error-checking for duplicate or incorrect doses or tests, and simplifies inventory and posting of charges.

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PostHeaderIcon Urology and Hematology Oncology Clinics Now at BMH

Boone Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that it now offers both Urology and Hematology Oncology at BMH. The Urology Clinic is offered the third Tuesday of each month from 8:30am to 3:30pm and the Hematology Oncology Clinic is offered every Friday from 8:30am to 1:30pm.

Dr. Ryan H. Fitzwater, DO is the practicing physician at the Urology Clinic. Fitzwater is a well-respected physician with the CAMC Physicians Group – Urology, which is affiliated with Charleston Area Medical Center. Fitzwater offers comprehensive urological services and has an extensive medical background.

Safique Ahmed, MD is the practicing physician at the Hematology Oncology Clinic. Ahmed offers comprehensive cancer care services, blood diseases, chemotherapy and treatment of malignant tumors and leukemia. Ahmed has 35 years experience and is affiliated with Logan Hematology Oncology.

“We are pleased to have both specialties,” said Boone Memorial Hospital CEO Tommy Mullins. “We know it will be so much easier on patients who need these services because they won’t have to travel as far. They can get excellent care right here close to home.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Fitzwater (Urology) please call 304-388-1965. For an appointment with Dr. Ahmed (Hematology Oncology) call 304-792-1116.

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon BMH Selects MEDHOST’s EDIS to Enhance Patient Care and Safety in its Emergency Department

PLANO, Texas – June 4, 2013 – MEDHOST, provider of leading healthcare throughput and emergency department software, today announced that Boone Memorial Hospital (BMH) in Madison, W. Va., will use MEDHOST’s Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) to enhance patient care and safety, communication and processes in its ED, the critical access hospital’s primary admit point for patients. In addition, the MEDHOST EDIS will help the hospital meet Meaningful Use criteria so it can be eligible to receive incentive payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Hospital leaders chose MEDHOST’s EDIS because of its ease of use and because of features like visual cues, automated notifications and risk alerts that help drive patient safety and improve the overall quality of care. BMH also found value in the EDIS’s ability to integrate with the hospital’s CPSI hospital information system (HIS) and in its automated and proven charge capture functionality.

“For a critical access hospital, we have high ED volumes, and nearly 90 percent of our admissions originate from the ED. We needed an EDIS that would not only help us better manage our busy ED, but also uphold and even advance the high-quality of care for which we are known. MEDHOST’s EDIS fulfilled all of those criteria,” said Susan Shreve, executive director of electronic information at Boone Memorial Hospital. “This became clear when one of our ED physicians was able to chart and place orders during a demonstration without any guidance. It speaks volumes about the intuitiveness and ease of use of the MEDHOST EDIS.”

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PostHeaderIcon Auxiliary Awards Nine $500 Scholarships

Nine deserving college students from Boone County were each awarded a $500 Scholarship from the Boone Memorial Hospital Auxiliary this week.

The Ladies’ Auxiliary has been part of the BMH Family since shortly after the hospital opened its doors in 1964.

“We have been here nearly 50 years,” said Dawn Rita Long, current Auxiliary President. “We initially started the scholarship program years ago to help students out with college expenses.”

Woods put together a scholarship committee, who were in charge of reviewing the applications and selecting recipients. The committee consisted of Auxiliary members Kay Vance, Bette Grubbs and Harold Woods.

Woods laughed and said, “I think we are going to probably stop calling it the Ladies’ Auxiliary since we have several men now. They really do a great job and have helped us a lot. We are happy to have them.”

Students applying for the scholarship must be from Boone County and pursuing a degree in the medical field of some sort. The Auxiliary also requires that the students apply after they have completed their first year of basic courses.

 

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PostHeaderIcon Blood Drive Scheduled for June 21

Boone Memorial Hospital has scheduled its next blood drive for Friday, June 21st. The drive will be held on the second floor at Boone Memorial Hospital with registration starting in the Learning Resource Center and blood draws held just down the hall in the conference room.

“The Red Cross used to bring the mobile unit, however, we have found that having the drive indoors is a little less hectic for us mainly due to limited space and parking issues. It also tends to create a more comfortable setting for our donors,” said Karlie Price, Marketing and Public Relations Director at BMH. “We have held the last few drives indoors and they have worked out very well. We have met or exceeded goal at every drive thus far.”

Much of this success can be attributed to the hospital’s ongoing commitment to support the American Red Cross.

“We try to sponsor at least three drives a year,” said Tommy Mullins, CEO at BMH. “I feel it’s a really important cause and one we should support as much as possible, especially as a healthcare facility.”

Mullins personally gives blood at the drives.

“I honestly can’t remember a time when Mr. Mullins hasn’t given blood. The only reason he may not give is if he’s out of town. I think it’s a great example to fellow employees, many of which who also give,” said Price.

 

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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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