Fuller Wins MRHC Biggest Loser Competition
On September 6, Manning Regional Healthcare Center employees kicked off an 11-week Biggest Loser challenge, aimed at improving employee health and raising dollars for MRHC’s Relay for Life team, Strides of Hope.
Nate Fuller is awarded his "Biggest Loser" winnings from WCIHF Executive Director Sherry Huehn.
The way the challenge worked was employees would pay a $10 entry fee and $2 each week. Of the weekly fees, $1 would go toward a prize for the weekly challenge winner, and $1 would go to the final prize collection. At the end of the event, the Biggest Loser winner would take home a portion of the prize dollars collected and the remaining dollars would be donated to MRHC’s Relay for Life team.
“My dad recently had a heart attack so I have a family history of cardiac issues. I entered the contest to be healthier, feel better and live longer,” explains Nate Fuller, PA-C at the Manning Regional Healthcare Center – Clinic. Fuller lost a total of 34.3 pounds during the challenge and approximately 15% of his overall body weight. Fuller was named Biggest Loser winner on Monday, November 25.
So how’d he do it?
“Diet and exercise,” says Fuller, “I was really good about my portion sizes. I followed the food pyramid with three to five servings of fruit a day, a ¼ plate of meat and a ¼ plate of starches. Then, I worked out five days a week, doing 20 to 30 minutes of cardio and I followed up with lifting weights – smaller weights but more repetitions.” He sums it up like this: take in less calories than you expend each day.
And the benefits of Fuller’s hard work and strict diet didn’t just affect his waistline. Fuller says that following his 11-weeks of portion control and regimented workouts, he’s lowered his cholesterol by 30 points, his LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) by 20 points, triglycerides by 100 points, and he’s raised his HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) by 5 points.
Fuller and other Biggest Loser competitors celebrated the end of the 11-week challenge with a pizza party, complete with fruits and vegetables. He says he intends to keep up his healthy diet, portion control and efforts at the gym.
Local Obstetrics Department Scores Well in Voluntary Patient Services Audit
Every three years, a perinatal review team from the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, travels to Manning, Iowa, to audit the obstetrics charts kept at the hospital and offer feedback on MRHC’s OB patient care.
On Wednesday, November 13, the UI Perinatal Review Team was in Manning for their triannual review of MRHC’s OB patient care and charts, giving the hospital a positive review.
“After looking through our charts, they said our documentation was fantastic and then they gave us an update on new protocols and recommended guidelines we can follow,” explains Jackie Olson, registered nurse (RN) and MRHC OB coordinator.
The report reads, “After completing the chart review, I found the staff at Manning Regional Healthcare Center makes every attempt to adhere to the national obstetrical standards and guidelines.”
The Iowa Perinatal Review Team includes two doctors and two nurses. The team reviews patient charts and cases, asking staff to pull specific cases or charts that meet certain criteria. Once the team reviews these items, they sit down with MRHC’s OB nursing staff and doctors to review the cases, discuss courses of action and offer feedback on how the MRHC care team reacted. Following the audit, the review team shares new industry protocols, information and guidelines which can be implemented by the local hospital or facility.
“The triannual reviews are good practice for our care team,” explains Amy Dawson, MRHC’s chief clinical officer, “the audit gives our care team honest and constructive feedback, which we can then use and implement to provide the best possible care for our patients and new babies.”
The triannual audit is a voluntary review. MRHC administration plans to have the Iowa Perinatal Review Team onsite for another audit in 2016.
2013 Dream Lights Campaign Underway
West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation’s (WCIHF) 2013 Dream Lights Campaign is well underway, and closing in on the holiday season. This year’s campaign funds will go toward the construction of a family lounge at the new MRHC facility. The Dream Lights Campaign is a great way to honor a loved one, or support the work of WCIHF. A gift toward the campaign will light a bulb on the Dream Lights tree, and donors will receive a commemorative ornament to mark their contribution.
For more information, contact Sherry Huehn, WCIHF exeuctive director, at (712) 655-8116 or email@example.com. Gifts or contributions can be mailed to WCIHF, PO Box 204, Manning IA 51455.
Click here for a 2013 Dream Lights Campaign Brochure and Form.
Local Nurse Travels to Dominican Republic as a Medical Volunteer
MRHC's Sandy Holland, second from the right, poses for a photo with fellow Omaha-area volunteers after a long day of surgeries.
What stands out most to Sandy Holland is the honest and sincere appreciation her patients had for the medical care they received during the week Holland worked at the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) Mission near Santiago, Dominican Republic.
“The gratitude of the people, to be blessed and hugged by your patients, it’s like you learn what a true smile is. Some of the people at the mission wait up to a year for their surgery, and they’re in pain,” explains Holland, OR manager and registered nurse (RN) at MRHC.
Holland was originally contacted to participate in the ILAC program by former colleagues at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. Holland had worked at Creighton for eight years before joining the MRHC team. Creighton has been actively involved in the ILAC program for many years, sending care teams twice a year to volunteer abroad.
“My first thought was ‘absolutely!’ I’ve wanted to do this – be a volunteer – for years,” says Holland. A total of 24 nurses and doctors traveled from the Omaha area to work among a larger group of health care practitioners at the ILAC mission near Santiago for one week, November 3 – 9. Volunteers came from all over the United States, as well as from Italy. In total, the group completed 140 surgeries over the course of a week, focusing on hernia repairs the entire week.
Employee Input Shaping Design of Patient Rooms at New MRHC Facility
When Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) set-out to construct their new hospital, located on the west side of Manning, several groups and individuals had input into the facility’s layout and design. But this week, that initial design is being put to the test by the nursing care team that will use the rooms day in and day out.
Over the last week, MRHC Maintenance Director Kim Jahn has brought employees to the new facility to test a “demo patient room” and it’s layout, judging the room’s usability, layout and space provided.
MRHC’s Director of Maintenance, Kim Jahn, and Chief Clinical Officer, Amy Dawson, look on as Michelle Andersen, director of inpatient services, talks about locating a nurse station and computer/monitor screen on the wall near a patient bed and how those items will interact with other supplies and equipment when caring for patient.
“Construction crews are moving along and we now have one patient room drywalled and set-up, complete with some furniture and a general layout of how the room will be arranged when it’s complete. We’re bringing in our nursing care teams so that they can walk through the room and give us honest feedback about where the beds will be, if the outlets are located in the right areas, if equipment will be located in a good spot or if it should be moved to a different wall and other technical elements that a designer or someone from outside the nursing care team may not have considered,” explains Jahn. Employee teams are being brought out to tour the demo patient room two or three at a time. Once the nursing care team has had an opportunity provide feedback, crews will take a second look at patient room designs, make adjustments and modifications as needed and then continue with construction.
MRHC’s Jack Shannon Receives State Honor
Manning Regional Healthcare Center’s Jack Shannon has received a statewide honor from the Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) and the Iowa Center for Assisted Living (ICAL). At their October 2 state convention in Des Moines, Shannon was awarded the 2013 Excellence in Long Term and Post-Acute Care Award for Environmental Services.
Shannon has worked for MRHC for 14 years as a maintenance technician. He spends much of his time working in the MRHC – Plaza.
“You will find Jack doing touch up painting, replacing tile, adjusting a walker, hanging shelves or pictures, or helping a resident rearrange their room for the 10th time…just because they asked him to,” said John O’Brien, MRHC CEO.
He has a written job description, but it’s what happens beyond it that makes a difference.
“Jack goes above and beyond every single day,” said Kari Nuzback, MRHC – Plaza assistant director of nursing. “His patience, kindness and caring nature make it all look easy.”
“Jack is game for anything that will put a smile on residents’ faces,” added O’Brien. “He has been known to play his trumpet at events, dress as the Wizard of Oz Cowardly Lion for the Halloween party, or sing a verse of the Twelve Days of Christmas at the family holiday open house.”
Shannon was nominated for the 2013 Excellence in Long Term and Post-Acute Care Award for Environmental Services by the Plaza staff mid-summer. After a statewide award committee reviewed all of the nominations, he was selected as the award recipient mid-September and presented his award just a few weeks later.
The Excellence in Long Term and Post-Acute Care Awards are presented by the Iowa Health Care Association and Iowa Center for Assisted Living. IHCA ICAL, located in West Des Moines, is a nonprofit trade association that represents more than 668 nursing homes, assisted living programs, residential care facilities and home health agencies in Iowa.
MRHC Provides Community Benefit
More than $700,000 in Care and Health Services Given Annually
According to a recently completed assessment of community programs and benefits, Manning Regional Healthcare Center provides more than $700,000 in community benefits to the Manning, Manilla and surrounding communities. That amount, based on 2011 figures, includes uncompensated care and free or discounted community benefits specifically implemented to help local residents.
This assessment was completed as part of a larger statewide survey by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA), showing Iowa hospitals provided community benefits in 2012 valuing nearly $1.6 billion, including more than $641 million in charity care. All 118 of Iowa’s community hospitals participated in the survey.
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Community benefits are activities designed to improve health status and increase access to health care. Along with uncompensated care (which includes both charity care and bad debt), community benefits include such services and programs as health screenings, support groups, counseling, immunizations, nutritional services and transportation programs.
“MRHC and its entities play a key role in the success of the Manning, Manilla and surrounding communities. We see our role as more than just a hospital or a clinic, but as a health and wellness provider for the community as a whole. The well-being of the community is a direct reflection on our organization and we take that very seriously. Through community benefit programs such as our new Lunch & Learn Series, free blood pressure clinics, support groups and others, we’re able to positively influence and be proactive, rather than reactive, to our community’s needs,” explains John O’Brien, MRHC CEO.
2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Report Released
The 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Report is now available by clicking on the link below. Printed versions will also be available at the Manning Regional Healthcare Center hospital lobby and the Manning Regional Healthcare Center – Clinic. These reports summarize the findings of a comprehensive community health care needs survey.
COMPLETE 2013 CHNA REPORT
Community Health Needs Assessment for MRHC Completed
Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) has completed the community health needs assessment for our service area as required by law.
The Affordable Care Act includes a requirement that all 501(c)(3) hospitals conduct a community health needs assessment in order to maintain their tax-exempt status. This requirement went into effect for the taxable year of each hospital beginning after March 23, 2012.
Click here to view the results of MRHC’s most recent assessment as a presentation, or if your browser doesn’t support mhtml format, click here to view it as a Windows Media video. You may also view the results as a PDF document here.
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 a little 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. Our classes are held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates.
January 11th, 2014
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 Jackie Olson at 712-655-8167 for more information.
Click here to sign up!