CRMC RECEIVES HIGH 5 FOR MOM & BABY RECOGNITION

Coffeyville, KS – Coffeyville Regional Medical Center has continued its commitment to infant and maternal health by earning recognition through High 5 for Mom & Baby, a program developed by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in Kansas.

High 5 for Mom & Baby provides resources and a framework to help Kansas hospitals and birthing centers implement evidence-based practices proven to support successful breastfeeding, improving maternal and infant health outcomes while also reducing racial and ethnic health disparities.

To obtain High 5 for Mom & Baby recognition, each facility is asked to complete a voluntary and self-reported evaluation and to follow at least five of the ten evidence-based practices:

  1. Facility will have a written maternity care and infant feeding policy that addresses all ten High 5 for Mom & Baby practices supporting breastfeeding
  2. Facility will maintain staff competency in lactation support
  3. All pregnant women will receive information and instruction on breastfeeding
  4. Assure immediate and sustained skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby after birth
  5. All families will receive individualized infant feeding counseling
  6. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breastmilk unless medically indicated
  7. Practice “rooming in” -allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day
  8. Families will be encouraged to feed their babies when the baby exhibits feeding cues, regardless of feeding methods
  9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants
  10. Provide mothers options for breastfeeding support in the community (such as a telephone number, walk-in clinic information, support groups, etc.) upon discharge

“Breastfeeding plays a crucial role in the overall health of babies and mothers,” stated Katie Schoenhoff, Director of Programs at the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. “Following the High 5 for Mom & Baby practices demonstrates CRMC’s commitment to infant and maternal health by helping moms successfully initiate and maintain breastfeeding.”

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 60% of mothers stopped breastfeeding sooner than they planned. Some factors that influence how long or if a baby is breastfed include: hospital practices, education and encouragement, policies or support in the workplace, and access to community support – which is why High 5 for Mom & Baby facilities are committed to helping women breastfeed successfully, through staff trained in breastfeeding best practices and policies to help mothers meet their breastfeeding goals.

Along with the recognition of being named a High 5 for Mom & Baby facility, CRMC also receives on-going education and training opportunities, support and resources through a community of delivery centers, and scholarship opportunities to further staff education.

“Breastfeeding provides numerous health benefits for both infants and mothers, and we’re honored to receive this recognition from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund for our efforts to support successful breastfeeding initiation and maintenance. As a facility committed to providing the very highest quality of care, we have found the High 5 practices and resources to not only improve health outcomes but also increase patient satisfaction,” said Jennifer Wintjen, Director of Women’s Health Services.

Blue-Green Algae Warnings Require Extra Caution When Enjoying the Water This Summer

Recently, the KDHE put out a blue-green algae watch on Big Hill Lake, located in Labette County. With warmer months ahead, Coffeyville Regional Medical Center along with the KDHE advises the community to be aware of the current water conditions before choosing to spend time in the water.

Water algae conditions can be checked at https://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/ .

You may also call the HAB hotline at 785-296-1664.

What does a blue-green algae watch mean?

A watch means that blue-green algae has been detected and a harmful algal bloom is present or likely to develop. People are encouraged to avoid areas of algae accumulation and keep pets and livestock away. Avoid playing or swimming in areas where the water is discolored and has a bad odor. It is also advised to stay away from water that has visible foam, scum or mats of algae on the water’s surface.

Can blue-green algae make me sick?

Blue-green algae is capable of producing several different toxins. People can be exposed to these toxins through skin contact while swimming, inhalation when motor boating or water skiing, or by swallowing contaminated water.

What are common side effects from blue-green algae?

Rashes, skin or eye irritation, nausea, stomach aches, and tingling in the fingers and toes may occur.

How do I  treat symptoms of blue-green algae exposure?

Skin contact with contaminated water: Remove contaminated clothing and jewelry. Wash skin with soap and water for 10-15 minutes. Antihistamines and steroids can be used, if needed.

Eye exposure with contaminated water: Remove any contact lenses or glasses. Irrigate the eyes with normal saline for at least 15 minutes.

If you are having any severe gastrointestinal issues or respiratory distress, please contact your healthcare provider. Please note that respiratory distress symptoms will be significantly more severe and unbearable than symptoms of a common cold.

MAGANA RECOGNIZED FOR BEING EXCEPTIONAL EVERY DAY

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce Jessica Magana as the May 2021 BEE Honoree. Magana was recognized for her growth and dedication to her position over the last several years. Magana was nominated by Dr. Whitney Cline.

“Her dedication, drive, and especially her HUGE heart all make her the best nurse I have ever worked with in ANY pediatric clinic,before or after I became a doctor,” said Cline. “She is a true partner to me in the every day crazy business that is the Pediatric Clinic. I could not do this job without her.”

The BEE (Being Exceptional Everyday) Award honors and recognizes team members outside of nursing who go Beyond Exceptional Expectations. These team members provide extraordinary experiences for our patients, their families and visitors by exemplifying quality service and extraordinary care.

CRMC Foundation Accepting Han Scholarship Applications

The Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Foundation announces that they are accepting scholarship applications to the Dr. and Mrs. Chan S. Han Healthcare Education Fund until June 18th.  The Han family established this opportunity for CRMC employees and local community residents to provide access to education and training in the medical field so they may serve the community.  CRMC employees and students from the community who are pursuing education in a healthcare-related field may apply.

Scholarship applications can be attained on the CRMC website at www.crmcinc.org under the Foundation tab or by emailing Lisa Kuehn at [email protected].  The applicant must complete the CRMC Foundation Scholarship Application and other requirements of the Han Family Scholarship.

Dr. Chan Han began practicing in Coffeyville in 1974 and retired in 2014.  He served the community as a dedicated Pediatrician taking care of multiple generations.  The Dr. and Mrs. Chan S. Han Family Scholarship Award Fund was established by Dr. and Mrs. Han’s sons: Dr. Yong Y. Han, Dr. Yong S. Han and Y. Sam Han in honor of their parents and as a way to give back to the community they love and call their hometown.

The Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Foundation operates as a separate 501©3 corporation.  It is our mission to provide financial support and assistance to the hospital so that they may achieve and maintain excellence as a healthcare provider and leader for the communities that we serve.

Heiter Recognized for Being Exceptional Every Day

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce Casey Heiter as the April 2021 BEE Honoree. Heiter was recognized for always going above, and beyond and her ability to stay positive and patience with difficult situations. Heiter was nominated twice from two different CRMC associates.

“She has amazing patience and empathy for frustrated patients and providers,” said first nominator Barbara McCartney.

“She is always in a positive and uplifting mood,” said second nominator, Alice Hite. “She is always willing to help out and her kind and gentle nature is so refreshing and contagious.”

The BEE (Being Exceptional Everyday) Award honors and recognizes team members outside of nursing who go Beyond Exceptional Expectations. These team members provide extraordinary experiences for our patients, their families and visitors by exemplifying quality service and extraordinary care.

Diver Recognized for Exceptional Nursing at CRMC

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce Marcy Diver as the May 2021 DAISY Honoree. Diver, was recognized for her compassion and empathy to patient’s families during their time in the ICU.  Diver had two nominations from a CRMC associate and a former patient’s family member.

“My family and I want to thank your staff for the excellent care he was given; and especially for allowing our family to be with him in ICU. The ICU staff, especially Marcy Diver, are special people that care deeply for the sick and respect their families,” said a patient’s family member. “It is heartbreaking to think of people dying alone and families not allowed to be with them.”

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. This is a nationally recognized award.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Foreman Recognized for Exceptional Nursing at CRMC

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce Nancy Foreman as the February 2021 DAISY Honoree. Forman, was nominated by an associate and was recognized for her dedication and involvement in the COVID-19 Clinic.

“Nancy has led our staff through this pandemic with a true servant’s heart. Nancy has been a resource for all of our other hospitals departments and our community’s clinics that do not perform COVID testing,” said Sandi Beree. “Whether they are leaving messages on her phone, calling her cell directly or just dropping by her office to ask questions, get patients scheduled or just discuss suspected exposures she is always available and willing to listen and respond with little to no notice. With all of this going on for the past 8 months you would think this was a fulltime job in itself. But in reality she also runs our RHC Primary Care Clinic. She staffs and somehow directs patient care throughout each day while juggling all of our own staff that are out for various reasons (including COVID-19).”

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. This is a nationally recognized award.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Freedle Recognized for Being Exceptional Every Day

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce Mary Freedle as the February 2021 BEE Honoree. Freedle, nominated by a fellow associate, was recognized Thursday for her positive and professional demeanor and her willingness to always go the extra mile to ensure our patients and staff have the materials they need.

“Many times I would call Mary and she would come back in and spend hours trying to find the equipment we needed. Mary always found the supplies and then came all the new equipment our hospital received,” said Trotter. “Many times I would look up and Mary was up in our department double checking supplies making sure all the bins were full. I feel honored to work with Mary, she is exceptional and a very vital part of CRMC.”

The BEE (Being Exceptional Everyday) Award honors and recognizes team members outside of nursing who go Beyond Exceptional Expectations. These team members provide extraordinary experiences for our patients, their families and visitors by exemplifying quality service and extraordinary care.