December 21, 2014

St. Mary’s of Standish honored for critical access care

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STANDISH — St. Mary’s of Standish has been recognized by the Michigan Center for Rural Health with a Quality Improvement Award for its work in dealing with patients with congestive heart failure and community acquired pneumonia.

In an Oct. 13 press release from Blue Cross Blue Shield, St. Mary’s was announced as one of the Michigan rural hospitals that achieved exceptional performance and high scores related to emergency room transfers and clinical quality measures awarded through the Michigan Critical Access Hospital Quality Network.

According to Holly Bender, Community Relations Manager for St. Mary’s, the hospital takes part in the Michigan Critical Access Hospital Quality Network, which evaluates performance measures related to emergency room transfers.

“We’ve worked very hard at this initiative,” she said.

Rose Goick, Director of Nursing at St. Mary’s, said the award was a team effort.

“We worked very hard to get this,” she said. “We all worked together to achieve this award.”

Goick said the hospital had to demonstrate proper patient care when dealing with congestive heart failure and community acquired pneumonia.

Regarding congestive heart failure patients, Goick said hospital staff members have to make sure that when patients were admitted, they were assessed for proper cardiac functioning.

“Once they assessed it, their heart function has to be at a certain level,” she said. “If not, they must receive medication.”

Goick also said that if is documented that the patient smoked, then hospital staff must provide smoking cessation advice or counseling. Regardless, she said that once a patient is discharged, then staff must give the patient a specific diet and follow-up instructions.

In addition, Goick said staff members would also give patients instructions on what to do if their symptoms worsened and monitoring their weight each day, as well advice on what activities they may participate in at home and what medications to take.

As far as community acquired pneumonia patients are concerned, Goick said staff are instructed to make sure a patient receives an antibiotic in six hours or less. Goick also said staff must receive blood culture, as well as pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations.

As with congestive heart patients, Goick said that hospital staff are to give smoking cessation recommendations to those patients who are documented smokers.

Goick said these requirements were chosen in conjunction with the Michigan Peer Review Organization, which is a part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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