LifeNet Health Recognizes Mason General Hospital For Support of Tissue Donation

SHELTON, WA – On Aug. 10, 2020, LifeNet Health recognized Mason General Hospital for its outstanding support for the gift of tissue donation. Mason General Hospital received the Washington Critical Access Hospital of the Year Award, which is given to hospital partners for outstanding collaboration and commitment to achieve and sustain high standards in support of the donation process through education, leadership, outreach and activities.

“We are honored to receive the Critical Access Hospital of the Year Award,” said Mason Health Chief Nursing Officer Melissa Strong, RN. “LifeNet Health is a wonderful partner. They have provided education to our staff, and even offer caregiver ‘burn out’ courses to support health care workers, which is especially appreciated during the pandemic. Mason Health believes tissue donation is an incredible gift patients can offer. We do everything we can to help facilitate the donations.”

One tissue donor can help restore health to more than 150 patients in need, according to LifeNet Health. Hospital and community partners are an essential part of the donation process and are crucial to ensuring that a donor and their family’s final wishes to help others are honored.

LifeNet Health helps save lives, restore health, and give hope to thousands each year. It is the world’s most trusted provider of transplant solutions — from organ and tissue procurement to bio-implants and cellular therapies — and a leader in regenerative medicine, while always honoring the donors and health care professionals who enable healing. For more information about LifeNet Health, go to www.lifenethealth.org.

To sign up as a donor or learn more about donation, visit RegisterMe.org. August is National Minority Donor Awareness Month, a collaborative initiative of the National Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Multicultural Action Group to save and improve the quality of life of diverse communities by creating a positive culture for organ, eye and tissue donation. National Minority Donor Awareness Month stems from National Minority Donor Awareness Week, founded in 1996 by the National MOTTEP to bring heightened awareness to donation and transplantation in multicultural communities – focusing primarily on African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaskan Native communities.

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), transplants can be successful regardless of the race or ethnicity of the donor and recipient. The chance of longer-term survival may be greater if the donor and recipient are closely matched in terms of their shared genetic background. Becoming an organ and tissue donor is one of the most selfless decisions a person can make. Learn more at https://www.donatelife.net/nmdam/.

Mason Health, Public Hospital District No. 1 of Mason County, is certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation. There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties. Mason Health now offers 3D Mammography Services. For more information on 3D mammograms or to find a health care provider, visit www.MasonGeneral.com.

Willapa Harbor Hospital Hires new CEO – Matthew Kempton

The Willapa Harbor Hospital Board of Commissioners are excited to announce Matthew Kempton, MHA, has agreed to become our next permanent CEO.  Matt has a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Texas A&M University and a Bachelors of Science from Brigham Young University. He has most recently been the CEO at Stephens Memorial Hospital District, Breckenridge, Texas.  He and his wife Chelsea and their three children are excited to become part of our community. 

The WHH Board identified a CEO Selection Committee composed of two Board members (Toni Williams and Jeff Nevitt), two community leaders (Dr. Steve Holland and Sheri McDonald, R.N.) and our Chief of the Medical Staff (Dr. Frank Hing).  They used B.E. Smith, a national executive search company, to assist in the identification of qualified candidates. Everyone worked very hard to conduct a quality selection process and we thank all participants for all the hours and hard work.

B.E. Smith started with over 150 potential candidates, reduced that to eight, then through a very active Selection Committee evaluation process reduced that number to three individuals, which we brought to the hospital and community to conduct interviews. All of the WHH Board, medical staff and employees were able to ask questions and to provide feedback to the Board of Commissioners. 

Each candidate spent a day touring the hospital and answering questions from the Staff and Board members.  All candidate spouses were able to visit and tour the community and three local schools. Each school did a great job show casing their successes and what they can do for the children. The spouses were given a community tour to get a general idea of the surrounding communities as well as housing locations and shopping options.  We would like to thank the community members Cathy Russ, Kristine Nevitt and Karen Tully for taking their time to show off the beauty of Willapa Harbor.

Matt plans to arrive November 29th. Matt is excited to attend the Festival of Trees on November 30th, which is the Willapa Harbor Health’s Foundation key annual fundraiser for the year. The Willapa Harbor Hospital Board of Commissioners have worked diligently to select a leader to take the hospital to the next level of caring for our community. 

While all the candidates had outstanding individual qualifications, Matt was the best choice to meet the current and future needs of Willapa Harbor Hospital and the surrounding communities. 

Forks Community Hospital gains Certification in Infection Prevention

Forks Community Hospital has received its Certification in Infection Prevention from DNV GL Healthcare. The certification recognizes completion of a risk assessment program. To complete the program, Forks Community Hospital worked with DNV GL to identify and address vulnerable areas, restructure its system management and effectively utilize resources with the goal of providing the highest-quality of health care to its patients. Receiving the certification indicates that Forks Community Hospital’s approach to infection prevention work is above industry standard.

“This certification lets our community know we have the resources and commitment to provide the best possible care for managing infection risk,” Forks Community Hospital Director of Patient Safety & Quality RN D. Dillon said. “The CIP Certification requirements build upon three important pillars: a proactive rather than reactive approach to safety, the development of a safety culture that is transparent and accountable, and engagement of all staff towards a systems-driven approach to safety.”

Summit Pacific Receives USDA Rural Development Award of Excellence

(ELMA, WA) – Summit Pacific was recently awarded the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Award of Excellence. Summit Pacific was awarded for providing rural Washington with access to greater healthcare and for their vision and work in driving rural development.


Left to right: Kirk Pearson of USDA, Ron Hulscher, Lauri Bolton, Josh Martin and James Hansen of SPMC, Ambrea Cormier and Peter McMillin of USDA.

Summit Pacific was recognized along with their partners at Graham Construction and Blue Room Architecture & Design for their collaborative approach to construction of the Wellness Center, which resulted in the project being delivered on-time and on-budget.

The USDA provided funding for the new facility, which includes a third-floor primary care suite, expansive outpatient therapy gym, lab and diagnostic imaging services, a retail pharmacy, several community conference and education spaces, a rock-climbing wall, outdoor plaza, community fitness trail with outdoor exercise equipment and a playground.

Source: Summit Pacific

Summit Pacific Receives Tissue Donation Standards of Excellence Award

(ELMA, WA) – At the Board of Commissioners meeting on Thursday, April 25, Heidi Schaiberger, a representative from LifeNet Health presented Summit Pacific with a Tissue Donation Standards of Excellence Award.

LifeNet Health’s Tissue Donation Standards of Excellence Award is given to hospitals that achieve and sustain donation goals, based on fewest missed referrals, nurse approaches and late referrals. This award serves as a symbol to recognize Summit Pacific Medical Center for being champions of donation.

Left to right: Dr. Tammy Moore, chief clinical officer, Cecelia Tapp, director of quality and risk, Heidi Schaiberger of LifeNet Health, Nicole Simons, ED manager and Tracy Smith, acute care manager gather after being presented with the award.

“One tissue donor has the potential to save or enhance the lives of more than 150 people,” says Schaiberger. “The gifts of donation not only help patients in need but also gives hope to donor families in the hours, months and years following the loss of their loved one.”

In 2018, Summit Pacific had a Timely Referral Rate of 100 percent, which means no donation opportunities were missed due to notifying LifeNet Health too late. There were also two tissue donors, SPMC’s first donors since April 2015. “The efforts of SPMC to educate the staff and meet goals greatly
supported making tissue donation possible and helps ensure that patient’s wishes to donate are honored,” said Schaiberger.

During the award ceremony, special recognition was given to Summit Pacific Emergency Department Manager, Nicole Simons and Director of Quality and Risk, Cecelia Tapp, for their incredible leadership
and support of donation.

Schaiberger continued, “our combined efforts are critical to supporting tissue donation in the Northwest community and allowing LifeNet Health to serve thousands of patients on an annual basis. The gift of tissue donation allows members of our community to lead a healthy, productive and joyful life and our partner’s role in this process is invaluable. LifeNet Health extends our greatest thanks to Summit Pacific Medical Center for all your efforts and support of our mission to Save Lives, Restore Health and Give Hope.”

Source:
https://summitpacificmedicalcenter.org/summit-pacific-receives-tissue-donation-standards-of-excellence-award/

Jefferson Healthcare Whittington Nominated for PSBJ 40 under 40

Port Townsend, WA – Jefferson Healthcare is proud to announce Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer Hilary Whittington, CPA, MBA has been recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” award winner.  This prestigious designation recognizes the 40 most “up and coming” leaders in our region.  Whittington oversees the finance, ancillary and support service related departments at Jefferson Healthcare.

Whittington joined Jefferson Healthcare in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to Chief Administrative Officer in 2018.  She led Jefferson Healthcare’s financial and operational turnaround and is key member of the leadership team of one of the more dynamic rural healthcare organizations in the country.

“Hilary has been instrumental in both our growth and improvement as an organization.  She understands the critical role Jefferson Healthcare plays in our community and is a passionate advocate for the continued sustainability of rural healthcare.  In addition to all of this, Hilary is a delight to work with and we could not be more proud of her “40 under 40 recognition” said Mike Glenn, CEO at Jefferson Healthcare.

For the past 20 years the Puget Sound Business Journal has introduced 40 of Washington’s brightest and most innovative leaders of the business community.  This year’s class will be recognized at an awards ceremony September 28, 2018.

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Summit Pacific Wins Intalere Healthcare Achievement Award

Recognized for outstanding operational improvements to ensure best-in-class healthcare delivery

(ELMA, WA) – Summit Pacific has been recognized by Intalere, the healthcare industry leader in delivering optimal cost, quality and clinical outcomes, as an Intalere Healthcare Achievement Award winner in the category of Supply Chain Cost Efficiencies. Through this annual awards program, Intalere recognizes successful initiatives its members implement to enhance quality and operations, improve patient satisfaction and increase community awareness and education.

“In this era of disruptive change within the healthcare industry, it is more important than ever to not only recognize the successful initiatives that providers are implementing to enhance their services, patient outcomes and bottom line, but to also share these best practices with others in order that they too may be successful in their efforts as well,” said Julius Heil, Intalere president and CEO. “Our awards program does just that. And we feel strongly that in working together we can all make a powerful impact in this ever-changing industry.”

Summit Pacific Medical Center’s winning project, Supply Chain Transformation, involved a cross-functional team of supply chain staff and clinical experts to deliver high value, low cost supply chain improvements to clinical areas. “Small continuous changes throughout 2017 truly produced some outstanding long-term solutions,” noted Cayla Nathaniel, Inventory Coordinator at Summit Pacific. Through data analysis, real time dashboards and a system of monitoring and control, the team reduced supply levels while delivering a higher quality of service.

Some improvements included the re-purposing of inventory rooms to clinical space adding an additional 3 exam rooms to SPMC departments, a net 30% reduction of inventory levels and a significant reduction in the amount of clinical staff time spent on materials management giving them more time with patients.

“We are honored to be recognized by Intalere for the on-going work we are doing to improve healthcare delivery within our organization,” said Josh Martin, CEO. “We are dedicated to making improvements that benefit our patients, employees and community, and appreciate the national recognition for these efforts.”

Two representatives from Summit Pacific will be presented with the award at a ceremony during Elevate 2018, which will be held May 20-23, in Orlando, Fla. The winning project will also be featured in a professional banner session and included in a best practices compendium.

Source: https://summitpacificmedicalcenter.org/summit-pacific-wins-intalere-healthcare-achievement-award-2/

WhidbeyHealth Sign Unveiling

The hospital is now officially WhidbeyHealth Medical Center. The new sign was unveiled Monday morning with some helpers. From left to right: Erin Hedrick; Kristine Young, PA-C; Angi and Emmy Carlson; and hospital board commissioner Grethe Cammermeyer. — Image Credit: Debra Vaughn/Whidbey News-Times

The hospital is now officially WhidbeyHealth Medical Center. The new sign was unveiled Monday morning with some helpers. From left to right: Erin Hedrick; Kristine Young, PA-C; Angi and Emmy Carlson; and hospital board commissioner Grethe Cammermeyer. — Image Credit: Debra Vaughn/Whidbey News-Times

by DEBRA VAUGHN,  Whidbey News-Times Staff Reporter 

With a few pulls from some strings, a purple sign with the new name of the hospital was revealed Monday morning in Coupeville: WhidbeyHealth Medical Center.

WhidbeyHealth is now officially the umbrella name for the hospital and its services and clinics.

“Health care is changing and so must we,” Chief Executive Officer Geri Forbes told a small crowd gathered for the unveiling.

Officials invited 98-year-old Jean Sherman to help with the unveiling. She and her husband were some of the local community members who helped start the hospital. Also present were a 7-day-old baby boy born at the hospital and Kristine Young, a physician’s assistant, also born at the hospital formerly known as Whidbey General.

Hospital officials hope the change will make it easier for the public to identify and use the multiple services and clinics operated by the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District.

The idea went over like a lead balloon with the public when it was introduced last winter. Officials have since worked to explain to the public why they think the cost of coming up with a new name and logo and implementing the change is money well spent.

The hospital conducted market research that indicated “uneven awareness” that services are connected or coordinated, according to a document from a consultant. Many of the clinics operated with different names and signs, making it harder for the public to “connect the dots” between them and Whidbey General. The eight clinics operate under six different names.

The research also indicated more people would access health care services if they knew about them and that people value providers working as a team to care for them.

Click here to watch the short video of the unveiling of the new WhidbeyHealth Medical Center sign that took place on Monday June 13th. It includes brief comments by Anne Tarrant and Geri Forbes. The unveiling team was multigenerational to say the very least. The youngest participant was 7 days old, our most senior attendee was 98 years young. Every child who participated was born here; one “child,” Kristine Young, PA-C, was born here in 1972 and is today one of our awesome primary care providers.

Local hospital CEO’s receive state Health Care Association award

(Grays Harbor Community Hospital) Tom and Renée Jensen pose for a photo with their Joe Hopkins Memorial Awards after being honored by the Washington State Hospital Association.

(Grays Harbor Community Hospital) Tom and Renée Jensen pose for a photo with their Joe Hopkins Memorial Awards after being honored by the Washington State Hospital Association.

Grays Harbor’s two hospital chief executives, a married couple who head up different hospitals, shared the spotlight recently as they were both honored with the prestigious Joe Hopkins Memorial Award by the Washington State Hospital Association.

For the first time in its history, the association awarded two of the honors for outstanding leadership, one to Renée Jensen, CEO of Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma, and one to Grays Harbor Community Hospital CEO Tom Jensen.

They were each recognized for their individual achievement in ensuring acute and primary health care services for their communities.

“Through their tireless commitment, their creativity and their sheer determination, Renée and Tom have ensured that their communities will have health care,” said WSHA board chairman Gregg Davidson. “The awards committee was unanimous in their desire to see both of them recognized. It’s always risky to make an exception, but exceptional people deserve to be recognized.” Continue reading

Groundbreaking for Jefferson Healthcare’s new facility highlights community benefits

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson Healthcare’s new Emergency and Special Services building is part of a community wide face-lift and will impact more than just local health care, according to the hospital’s CEO.

“What is quietly happening in our community is a massive investment in education, health and wellness, health care and many other social services important to our quality of life,” Mike Glenn said during a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new facility Monday.

“While this building is a huge deal for Jefferson Healthcare, it’s just part of the picture for Jefferson County, and we need to keep focused on all the other pieces until our work is done.” Continue reading