News & Information from CHS
Audra Hughes recognized for lifetime of community involvement
the second year in a row, a Sunset Manor resident has received a
prestigious state award. On March 6, Coffey County native Audra Hughes
received the Ambassador of Community Involvement Award presented by the
Kansas Health Care Association (KHCA) in Topeka. Audra was nominated by
the staff at Sunset Manor, Waverly, where she resides. Read more.
Coffey County Hospital holds the coveted five-star rating from Medicare
Coffey County Hospital earned the coveted five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that runs the Medicare program. This rating places Coffey County Hospital among the top 7 percent of the nation’s hospitals.
“Only ten Kansas hospitals earned the five-star rating,” said Coffey Health System Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez. “We are the only hospital in an 80-mile radius, and one of only four community-based hospitals in the state to receive this distinction.”
Hospitals across the country report data to CMS regarding all aspects of patient care. The recently announced star ratings are based upon 2016 data from 4,579 facilities. Read more.
Coffey County Hospital earns prestigious “High 5 for Mom & Baby” status
Coffey County Hospital is now a High 5 for Mom & Baby recognized
facility. The hospital attained this status by integrating specific
maternity care procedures based on the proven health benefits associated
with breastfeeding and other key elements of bonding between mother and
recognition is the culmination of 18 months of hard work to raise the
bar and implement new practices that will benefit our newborns and their
families for years to come," said Coffey Health System Chief Executive
Officer Leonard Hernandez. Read more.
Join us on Thursday, May 25 for the health fair!
This year’s health fair is bigger and better than ever – more booths, more activities, and it’s free! We are excited to have 27 community partners join in to make this a great event for the entire family. Click here for all the details.
Cleanest hospital rooms in Kansas are at CCH
Coffey County Hospital is recognized among the “59 Hospitals with the Cleanest Patient Rooms” by Becker’s Hospital Review. “We
are very proud of this recognition, but there is something about it
that means even more than national recognition,” said Chief Executive
Officer Leonard Hernandez. “This award truly comes from our patients—and
they matter more than anything else.” Read more.
A national healthcare publication once again named Coffey Health System Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez to its list of “60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.” Becker’s Hospital Review announced its annual list of innovative rural healthcare leaders on January 31. Read more.
How do zombies help support our local hospital? They take part in Coffey Health Foundation’s “Zombie Walk!” On Saturday evening, approximately 60 zombies, superheroes, and all sort of characters made their way along Third Street from Coffey County Hospital to Kelley Park and back again. At Kelley Hall, participants enjoyed games, treats, and a costume contest. Read more.
Patients and their families are taking an active role in new programs and services at Coffey County Hospital. Chief Nursing Officer Melissa Hall shared several early success stories from the Patient/Family Advisory Council during the October 24 meeting of the Coffey Health System Board of Trustees. Read more.
29, 2016) A potential change in Medicare reimbursement models could
provide a big boost to Coffey County Hospital’s bottom line in 2017. At
its August 22 monthly meeting, the Coffey Health System Board of
Trustees approved the first steps toward a potential change to Critical
Access Hospital (CAH) status. The hospital hopes to gain an estimated
$500,000 annually. Read more.
Tummy Troubles Lunch & Learn
you struggle with heartburn, acid reflux, or other stomach problems?
Learn to recognize the symptoms of common stomach ailments by attending
Coffey Health System's Lunch & Learn event at noon on Thursday,
August 4. Many
adults suffer daily with undiagnosed digestive problems. When these
problems are understood and addressed, there can be treatment options
available. Shekhar Challa, M.D. will help participants understand their
stomach problems and know when it is necessary to get them checked out. Read more.
(July 1, 2016) In her 18 years at Coffey County Hospital, Jolleen Palmer has touched countless lives and inspired her colleagues with her positive spirit and ever-present smile. The Coffey Health System staff recently elected her CHS Health Care Worker of the Year, and the award was officially presented at a luncheon in her honor on June 30. Read more.
(July 1, 2016) The 2015 Coffey Health System audit is, in many ways, a study in contrasts. While showing a decrease in net position of $2.3 million, 2015 was a significant improvement over 2014 decrease in net position of $4 million. “There are some things that are already starting to be in your favor, but unfortunately that number is still kind of ugly,” stated Certified Public Accountant Matt Morris, representing national accounting firm BKD, “but I think you are moving in the right direction.” Read more.
(June 1, 2016) The Coffey Health System Board of Trustees met twice last week—on May 23 for their regular monthly meeting and again two days later to continue ironing out the annual budget and capital purchase request. Both items were presented to the Coffey County Commission on Tuesday, May 31. Read more.
The new face at Yates Center Medical Clinic is actually quite familiar. Travis Whitesides first came to the clinic in 2012 as a student completing a clinical rotation with Jeff Sloyer, M.D. He liked Coffey Health System so much that he returned after completing his Master of Physician Assistant degree at Wichita State University. Read more about Travis.
Colorectal cancer (commonly known as colon cancer) remains the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among men and women, and is expected to cause about 49,190 deaths during 2016. However, routine testing starting at age 50 can actually prevent many cases of colorectal cancer, or find it at an early stage. But because many people are not getting tested, only about 4 out of 10 are diagnosed at this early stage when treatment is most likely to be successful. View full infographic.
(February 26, 2016) Registered Nurse Krista Cubit was happy taking care of patients at Coffey County Hospital, but it wasn’t her first love.
“I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for long-term care because it is kind of the underdog of healthcare,” Cubit said. “It’s not the limelight nursing position that every new grad wants to go into, but I think serving our elders is a huge part of what our society is obligated to do.”
This passion led to a job change in February. Read full article.
(February 22, 2016) When Waverly Medical Clinic was closed in December for flooring replacement, it was expected to take two or three weeks. With a growing list of structural issues and mounting repair costs, the clinic is still closed. The Coffey Health System Board of Trustees spent much of its February 15 meeting focused on fiscally responsible solutions for maintaining clinic care in Waverly. Read full article.
(February 22, 2016) Only 15
emergency departments in the nation have faster door-to-exam times. On
average, our patients are examined by a healthcare professional within a
mere four minutes of arrival – the fastest in the state. Only 44
hospitals in the country break the five-minute mark! We are also
at number 16 for the shortest average length of stay. Our patients are
admitted or transferred within 116 minutes. The national average
admitted ED patient length of stay is 273 minutes.“Every minute
counts in the emergency department, so to see our ED among the top in
the country should bring great comfort to our community,” said Chief
Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez. “Treating patients quickly and
efficiently in the emergency department is a top priority in all
hospitals, but it carries an added importance in rural hospitals where
our most critical patients are often transferred to larger hospitals.
Our patients should know that they are in the best of hands.”The
times were gathered between October 2013 and September 2014 and are
published in Hospital Compare’s Emergency Department Care Measures
dataset. Becker’s Hospital Review published the rankings at
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