MRHC to Host Biennial HEART TO HEART Conference
Coon Rapids’ Jason Rosenbeck to Headline Evening Talk
Manning Regional Healthcare Center will be hosting its 4th HEART TO HEART Conference on Wednesday, February 17, at the Hausbarn Konferenz Center in Manning. This biennial event is a community conversation digging into heart health and cardiovascular well-being.
Each year, an average of 787,000 people die from heart disease, stroke or other cardiovascular diseases. That’s 2,150 people every day, or one every 40 seconds. And nearly 83.6 million Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or after effects of a stroke. With increased education and preventive medicine, over the past 10 years, the death rate from heart disease has fallen approximately 39 percent. February is National Heart Health Awareness Month.
The 2016 HEART TO HEART Conference will focus on knowing your numbers, warning signs and symptoms and overall cardiovascular wellbeing. Jason Rosenbeck, of Coon Rapids, will headline this year’s event as the featured speaker. Rosenbeck is a recent sudden cardiac arrest survivor and will talk about his experiences. Following Rosenbeck, Dr. Kyle Ulveling, of MRHC’s Specialty Clinic and the Iowa Heart Center, will talk about the importance of knowing your numbers, what they mean, and warning signs and symptoms.
The evening program will kick-off at 4:30 p.m. with a social hour, vendor fair and heart healthy cooking demonstration. A catered dinner will be served at 6:30, followed by the evening’s program.
Event tickets are available from Manning Regional Healthcare Center, First National Bank and Templeton Savings Bank – Manning, or by contacting Sarah Foley at (712) 655-2072 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost per person is $20. In addition, anyone interested in participating as an event sponsor or in the vendor fair should also contact Foley at the above phone number or email.
Proceeds from the 2016 HEART TO HEART Conference will go toward the purchase of cardiac equipment at MRHC.
Shown in the photo: HEART TO HEART guest speaker Jason Rosenbeck, of Coon Rapids, and his family.
MRHC Ranks in 99 Percentile for Patient Satisfaction, 4th Quarter 2015
According to a 4th quarter patient satisfaction survey, patients who were seen and cared for at Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) in October to December of 2015 ranked their satisfaction with the facility and the services provided in the 99th percentile.
“We recently received our 4th quarter patient satisfaction survey results from a national organization engaged to analyze patient experience and Manning Regional Healthcare Center ranked at the top, with our patients pleased with the care our staff provided them,” explains John O’Brien, CEO at MRHC. “Our staff has worked exceedingly hard these past few months to put patients and patient care first. These survey results just go to show that our efforts are paying off.”
Late in 2015, MRHC instituted several initiatives to improve overall patient satisfaction with the organizations four main service lines: the clinic, hospital, recovery center and long-term care facility. Using past survey results and comments from patients, an employee led committee has begun meeting biweekly to analyze patient scores and survey comments, consider options for improvement and devise tactics to overcome shortfalls. The group has specifically focused on improving staff empathy and finished a project reflecting on why employees went into the healthcare field. Most recently, the committee has begun working on a Start, Stop, Sustain project where processes throughout the facility are studied and evaluated for their efficiencies. In doing so, employees ask themselves if these processes should continue (be sustained), be discontinued (stop) or if other new processes should be implemented (start).
“I would contribute part of our recent success to a new staff initiated Improving the Patient Experience committee. This committee meets to review steps that each of our team members can take to improve the experience our patients receive the moment they walk in the door,” explains Linn Block, Chief Nursing Officer at MRHC. The overall goal of this committee is to sustain the recent patient satisfaction success throughout the entire upcoming year.
The patient satisfaction survey measures patient experiences within MRHC’s clinic, surgery department, inpatient or acute care department, and in the emergency department (ER). In each of these areas, patients gave high ratings, earning MRHC 9’s and 10’s, on a scale of 1 through 10. MRHC analyzes patient satisfaction results on a quarterly basis.
2nd Annual Heart Art Display Honor’s American Heart Month
For the second year in a row, Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) has teamed up with IKM-Manning High School art students to fill MRHC’s hallways with “Heart Art” for the month of February.
“February is American Heart Month and we wanted to do something to remind our patients and the local community of the importance of heart health,” explains Sarah Foley, marketing coordinator for MRHC. “Working with Mrs. Jean Ferneding at the IKM – Manning High School, she had several students interested in helping us by creating Heart Art for our walls.”
MRHC supplied Mrs. Ferneding’s class with canvases, and the students were asked to paint whatever “heart” meant to them. The result? A variety of beautiful and unique acrylic paintings, from abstract to various heart designs.
“The artwork is absolutely wonderful and it gives our patients and community members something to look at, and to think about during this important heart health month of observation,” adds Foley.
The student’s artwork is on display in MRHC’s main corridors for public viewing. In addition, the artwork will also be displayed at MRHC’s biennial HEART TO HEART event, located at the Manning Hausbarn, on Wednesday, February 17. At the end of February, the artwork will be returned to the student artists for them to keep.
Remember the Music
Do you remember the song that was playing at graduation? The first song you danced to at your wedding? The song you sang to your first born to help them fall asleep?
For many, music brings fond memories, great joy and happiness. Known as must therapy, music is used in healthcare to help patients feel better and be happier. Neuroscientist Dr. Oliver Sacks has been taking this principle and using music to treat elderly residents with dementia. Dr. Sacks has seen amazing results in the quality of life of residents exposed to music therapy. Music is shown to help with depression, anxiety, memory recall, and negative behaviors that come with advancing dementia. A documentary called “Alive Inside” details Dr. Sacks’ work and results. In some cases, patients who were once non-vocal and immobile suddenly awaken and come alive. Dr. Sacks uses unique music therapy to individualize and personalize music using iPod® technology, and he’s started a foundation called “Music and Memory” to help start similar programs in nursing homes across the country.
“Watching this documentary and seeing people with little-to-no quality of life suddenly come alive and begin to speak, sing, and dance again was truly touching and inspiring. I knew I wanted to bring a program like this to our nursing home,” explains Nate Fuller, PA-C, at Manning Regional Healthcare Center. Based on the principles Dr. Sacks has incorporated, Fuller is working to bring a similar program to MRHC’s long-term care facility, the Plaza.
And while these programs seem great, there are some obstacles in getting these programs implemented. Nursing home budgets are generally very tight with little room to provide the extra funds for the equipment needed to carry out these programs. And so the work beings.
“I’ve started doing some fundraising to get this program started here in Manning,” explains Fuller. In total, Fuller expects complete implementation of his Remember the Music program at the MRHC – Plaza to cost about $3,000. To date, about $500 of that has been raised. Funds will be used to purchase iPods, headphones, music and computers to create personalized playlists and listening capabilities for each resident. Donations to support this program may be made through the West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation (WCIHF) by contacting Sarah Foley at (712) 655-8121 or email@example.com. WCIHF is a 501(c)3 and all donations may be tax deductible.
Currently, there are less than 200 facilities nationwide providing this unique health care experience for their residents. Implementation of this program would make the MRHC – Plaza a Music and Memory Certified facility. To learn more or watch the full story of Dr. Sacks work and results, visit www.musicandmemory.org.
Mommy Marketplace Taking Program Applicants
MRHC’s Mommy Marketplace is now taking program applicants. Program participants must be expecting a child and/or have a child under the age of 2 years old to participate. An application is available by contacting Cheryl Lahr at (712) 655-8180, Jill Arp at (712) 655-8170, or by requesting an application from the MRHC – Clinic. Once an application has been approved, a program participant will receive a points book, which will be used to catalog prenatal visits, well child visits, educational opportunities attended and more. Each of these well child and well family events earns the participants “points.” The points may then be redeemed for items from the Mommy Marketplace. Available items include diapers, formula, clothing, feeding supplies and other well child items.
The Mommy Marketplace program is free to participate in and open to any new or expecting mothers and fathers, and those with children up to two years of age. Participants do not need to be an MRHC patient to participate. The primary goal of this program is healthy and happy babies and families.
Mommy Marketplace inventory is provided through donations and grants. For more information contact Lahr at (712) 655-8180 or call (712) 655-2072.
From Small Beginnings…Come Great Things: Prenatal Classes Scheduled
Congratulations on becoming a parent. It is a very joyous and exciting journey, but at the same time, you may feel nervous about what to expect. At Manning Regional Healthcare Center, we want to help you through the labor and delivery process by offering prenatal classes to help you prepare for your new arrival.
To schedule a prenatal class, please call Cheryl Lahr, RN and OB Coordinator, at (712) 655-8180 to schedule a class
During the class, we spend time discussing a wide variety of topics: from what to pack for the hospital, when to come to the hospital, what to expect during labor and how to take care of yourself and your new baby after delivery.
Snacks and beverages are provided, along with samples and handouts with helpful information for you to take home. The cost for the class is $25 per couple. We look forward to seeing you there.
If you have additional questions, please contact Cheryl Lahr at (712) 655-8180 for more information.