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Memorial Community Hospital & Health System (MCH&HS) welcomed the first baby born in 2019, with the birth of Gus Franklin Johnson on January 15th.

Read the Pilot-Tribune article 

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The son of Heidi and Jordan Johnson of Tekamah, Gus was welcomed into the world at 4:27 p.m. by Dr. Sandra Baumberger. He was 7 pounds, 4ounces and 20 and a half inches long.

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Blair Volunteer Fire and Rescue continued an annual tradition, donating a gift basket to the family of the first New Year baby. Blair Volunteer Fire and Rescue members Randy Backman, Brenda Jenny, Bob Tichota and Fire Chief Joe Leonard included many baby essentials in the basket such as a a carbon monoxide alarm and a handmade blanket.

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Memorial Community Hospital & Health System Receives Trauma Designation

(Blair, NE) – Memorial Community Hospital & Health System in Blair recently received a Basic Level Trauma Center designation from the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).

This designation requires certification, and all nurses and providers must obtain additional education and training leading to a higher quality of care.

A site visit was held in October 2018 at which time a trauma center medical provider and nurse reviewed patient charts, facility, processes and resources in the Emergency Department at MCH&HS. With this designation, all ER providers are required to have ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) and all ED nurses are required to have continuing education hours that are trauma related. Nurses also must have TNCC (Trauma Nurse Core Course).

The Basic Level Trauma Center designation is valid for four years. During the four year period, the DHHS will monitor MCH&HS’s compliance by requiring the facility to report data to the Trauma Registry and participate in regional trauma care performance improvement meetings.

Many MCH&HS staff members were recognized as playing an integral role in receiving this designation which was led by Trauma Medical Director Dr. Maurice Birdwell, and Trauma Nurse Coordinator Keala Roy. The local EMS volunteers and MCH Board of Directors were also commended for their efforts.

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Read the Latest Issue of Aspire Magazine, Fall 2018

Aspire is the free community magazine of Memorial Community Hospital & Health System (MCH&HS).  

Each issue highlights select services and members of the MCH&HS team, introduces new initiatives, celebrates our community, and offers you some helpful health tips.

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In This Issue 

Continuing Growth: Strategic planning process, new Tekamah Cottonwood Clinic, and addition of medical staff leads growth efforts

Community Spotlight: New Tekamah Clinic Coming Soon 

Employee Spotlight: New Faces Joining MCH&HS Staff 

Feature Articles: 
Flu Vaccination Is Important, pg. 4
Oncology Locally, pg. 4
Save our Antibiotics: Prevent Unnecessary Use, pg. 5

Events & Updates:
Rummage Sale Success
Tree of Life Campaign
2nd Annual Baby Expo
MCH&HS Holiday Celebration Thursday, December 13th, 4-7pm

pdfDownload the Fall 2018 Issue

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UNMC's Simulation in Motion Nebraska Program Provides Free Training to Local EMS, Critical Access Hospitals

Emergency medical service providers and nurses from the local area working with the University of Nebraska Medical Center Simulation in Motion Nebraska program (SIM-NE) conducted emergency medical training on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Memorial Community Hospital and Health System in Blair, NE which is hosting the training.

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The free training is conducted with a 44-foot-long, customized truck that provides a mobile, real-life training experience designed to enhance life-saving skills for those in rural areas. The trucks were launched in June 2017 to be stationed in Scottsbluff, Norfolk, Kearney and Lincoln with training taking place in surrounding rural communities. The idea is about bringing training to those associated with rural emergency medical service agencies and rural critical access hospitals in their home location rather than having learners travel to larger cities for training. This allows the simulations to be team-based as learners train side-by-side with the people they normally work with during a response.

The customized trucks, funded by a $5.5 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, feature dual slide-out room extensions, a simulated emergency room and ambulance, as well as high-tech, computerized mannequins that talk, breathe, have heartbeats, and can react to medications and other actions of the learners.

Each mobile unit is outfitted with supplies to recreate a realistic environment for learners including supplies, pre-programmed computerized medical and trauma scenarios; monitors that display vital signs of patient simulators; audio and video recording/playback capabilities and mock drugs.

The grant has funded the program operation for three years with 100 percent funding in the first year, 66 percent funding in the second year and 33 percent funding in the third year. Private funding, partnerships, fee for services, and state and federal grants will be sought to sustain the project during and after the grant funding period ends in November 2018.

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MEMORIAL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL & HEALTH SYSTEM NAMES 2018 CARING KIND RECIPIENT

Congratulations to Lori Titus, Patient Access Rep, Therapy Services

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MCH&HS has awarded Lorilee Titus the "Caring Kind" Award.

Lori consistently goes "above and beyond" to provide excellent customer service with a personal touch. She makes all patients that stop at her desk feel cared for and "part of the rehab family." She makes extra calls to patients, will assist patients to their cars, hold an umbrella during pouring rains, and gives extra attention to all our patients.

Thank you, Lori, for your dedication to MCH&HS!

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