Manning Regional Healthcare Center
MRHC Employees Participate in 2nd Annual Patient Safety Fair
Fun, Two-Day Event Focuses on Employee Efforts to Keep Patient Safety Top Priority
On Wednesday and Thursday, March 15 and 16, Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) employees had the opportunity to participate in a two-day Patient Safety Fair at MRHC.
“The purpose of this event is to highlight five or six key priorities for employees when it comes to the safety and care of our patients and to provide employee education for additional improvement in these areas,” explains Linn Block, MRHC’s Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).
During the 2nd Annual Patient Safety Fair, employees toured six educational booths set-up in MRHC’s main conference area, focusing on hand washing, preventing employee back injuries, two-patient identification methods, medication safety, patient falls and hand-off patient care communication.
“Patients are provided care surveys when they visit MRHC to provide feedback regarding their visits and the care they received here. We utilize the feedback we get from these surveys to focus our employee education efforts in an attempt to continually improve the care we provide our friends and neighbors,” adds Block. “The six education areas we pinpointed in our 2nd Annual Patient Safety Fair have been specifically selected to help us improve the care we provide our patients and the safety of our employees.”
During the Safety Fair employees were treated to a pizza lunch, raffles were held throughout the event and employees were quizzed on the topics presented.
MRHC Contributes to 3rd Annual IKM-Manning Gala
For the third year in a row - since it's inauguration - MRHC has made a $2,500 donation to support the IKM - Manning Gala and it's agenda of maintaining and incorporating STEM technologies and education into our local schools. MRHC is proud to support this important event and happy to partner with the IKM - Manning Gala committee.
MRHC Hosts First Ever Healthcare Career Fair
On Thursday, March 2, Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) hosted its first ever healthcare career fair.
“Our goal this year was to showcase the various careers that go into running a hospital, clinic or nursing home. Too often, when it comes to healthcare, we think of nurses and doctors, but there are so many more opportunities in healthcare, whether it’s physical therapy, radiology, social work or even dietary and environmental services,” explains Shelli Lorenzen, Chief Human Resources Officer at MRHC. “We wanted to show our local students that whether they plan to go to college after high school, or if they’re looking to enter the workforce, there are opportunities right here at home waiting for them.”
During the two-hour healthcare career fair, students had an opportunity to visit up to 10 career stations, highlighting the various roles throughout MRHC. Students would stop at each station and learn more about the daily activities in a given career or position, and the type of education needed to work in that role. In some cases, stations would have real life examples a student could try. As an example, at the surgical nursing career station, students were able to give a vaccine to an orange, and at the acute care career station, students were able to practice starting an IV on a training mannequin. In radiology, students got a complete tour of MRHC’s radiology equipment, including the CT scanner, DEXA scanner and mammography machine. And in physical therapy, students were able to explore the various PT equipment used to help with daily therapy activities, and even try out a few of the common therapy exercises.
Before leaving, all students were given information about this year’s West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation (WCIHF) scholarship opportunities, and information regarding MRHC’s nursing education reimbursement program.
“This was a great opportunity for our local students to learn more about healthcare and the career opportunities available to them. We look forward to hosting this event again next year,” adds Lorenzen.
For more information regarding MRHC’s career opportunities or the 2017-2018 WCIHF scholarship programs, visit www.mrhcia.com.
Fuller to Move on to New Opportunities
With a heavy heart, Manning Regional Healthcare Center’s Nate Fuller, PA-C, has announced that he will not be renewing his contract with the Manning facility.
“There are many things I love about working at MRHC such as my co-workers, my patients, and living in this wonderful town that has been so good to me and my family,” explained Fuller in his notice to MRHC CEO John O’Brien.
Fuller’s contract with MRHC is good through Friday, June 30, 2017, and he will continue to practice and see patients until that time. After leaving MRHC he plans to pursue work with a family practice clinic in Waukee, Iowa, which will allow him more flexibility in his daily work schedule.
“I want to thank the MRHC team…I have received some excellent experience that has prepared me well for any circumstance I will find myself in. I have also made great friends that have been there for me through it all. I will truly miss all those here at MRHC that I have come to love,” added Fuller.
MRHC is currently pursuing the hire of an additional Nurse Practioner (NP) or Physician’s Assistant (PA) to complete its health care provider team.