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Memorial Community Hospital & Health System

2018 Annual Report

The Mission of Memorial Community Hospital and Health System is to partner with our community to heal, nurture and promote wellness. MCH&HS has been a proud part of the community for many years.

MCH 2018 report

In a healthcare landscape that is riddled with change and challenge, the organization has had to adapt and evolve over the years, but one thing has remained consistent–our commitment to ensuring that our patients receive personalized and high quality care.

The 2018 annual report shares some of the milestones that the team at MCH&HS has been able to accomplish in the last year.

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Memorial Community Hospital & Health System Receives $279,062 Grant From Helmsley Charitable Trust X-Ray Initiative

[Blair, NE] | Patients at Memorial Community Hospital & Health System will soon benefit from studies using the latest in x-ray technology made possible through a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program.

The Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded Memorial Community Hospital & Health System $279,062 for a digital upgrade of the main radiology room and a digital panel for the second radiology room, part of a $14.2 million initiative to upgrade x-ray technology at 50 rural hospitals in the Upper Midwest.

"We are grateful for the support from the Helmsley Charitable Trust,” said Manny Wolf, Memorial Community Hospital & Health System President and CEO. “The grant will provide us with the ability to deliver the safest and highest quality radiologic services for our patients. In addition, the updated system at the main hospital campus also allows for Memorial Community Hospital & Health System to offer enhanced diagnostic abilities in our soon to open new Cottonwood Clinic in Tekamah."

Walter Panzirer, a Trustee for the Helmsley Charitable Trust, said the initiative represents the organization’s latest multi-site initiative to improve the quality of healthcare available to rural residents in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming.

“Our goal has always been to improve access to exceptional medical treatment for those who live in rural America,” said Panzirer. “To that end, rural hospitals need to remain viable and have the latest equipment to ensure their patients can receive essential, quality healthcare services locally. This initiative is just one of many that strives to improve healthcare outcomes throughout the Upper Midwest.”

Panzirer said critical access hospitals in the seven-state region are hampered by outdated equipment. Over the last four years, the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program has awarded more than $30 million in grants to 82 hospitals in the Upper Midwest to purchase state-of-the-art computer tomography (CT) scanners.
The Helmsley Charitable Trust’s latest initiative addresses out-of-date x-ray technology that underserves patients and jeopardizes the health of physicians and x-ray technicians, according to Panzirer.

The $14.2 million in grants will allow replacement of a total of 87 pieces of equipment, including: 32 fixed x-ray devices with an average age of 16 years; 48 portable x-ray devices with an average age of 28 years; two fixed fluoroscopy devices averaging nine years; and five portable C-arms with an average age of 16 years.
“With one particular grant to a rural North Dakota hospital, the trust is replacing an x-ray device that has been in service since 1967,” Panzirer said. “Technology has advanced so much, even over the last decade, that these grants, allowing for the purchase of advanced x-ray devices, will provide incredible benefits for medical workers and their patients for the foreseeable future.”

About the Helmsley Charitable Trust

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits in health and select place-based initiatives. Since 2008, when Helmsley began its active grantmaking, it has committed more than $2 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care, bring the latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas, and provide state-of-the-art training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel.

To date, this program has awarded nearly $390 million to organizations and initiatives in the Upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota Iowa and Montana. To learn more, visit www.helmsleytrust.org.

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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

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