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• Revocable Trust
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• Medical Power of Attorney
• Durable Power of Attorney
• And other estate planning matters
Monday April 22, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Telligen Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Honor Roll
We are proud to be on the list of healthcare providers that have implemented all four CDC Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship, demonstrating commitment to improve the quality of patient care, slow the development of community antibiotic resistance, and reduce adverse drug events caused by unnecessary use of antibiotics.
For more information about this accomplishment, visit the Telligen website.
Influenza and You
It is that time of year and influenza has more than made its presence known in our community. The Yuma District Hospital and Clinics would like to further assist the community in preventing the spread of influenza, provide a basic care plan on what to do should one feel that they have influenza or are diagnosed with influenza and provide information on the 2018-2019 Influenza Visitor Restrictions that are currently in place for those visiting anyone on the “hospital side”.
As of December 27, 2018 YDHC has enhanced the temporary VISITOR RESTRICTIONS that are in currently in place on the Patient Care Unit (Hospital side) in an effort to reduce / eliminate the spread of influenza.
• No one age 12 and under will be allowed to visit patients in the ER or Patient Care Unit. At this time, those 12 and under seem to be more likely to get and therefore transmit the virus. Many hospitals are adopting this temporary restriction enhancement in an effort to “break the chain” and prevent transmission to hospitalized patients.
• In addition, we ask that if you are ill, in any way, please DO NOT visit family and friends that are hospitalized.
We realize that these enhanced restrictions may cause a concern for some. Please bear with us and abide by the restriction and request in an effort to further protect those that are hospitalized. In advance, we thank you for your help.
STEPS TO AVOID INFLUENZA
- Take time to get an influenza vaccine – IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GET VACCINATED.
- Take these precautions every day to stop the spread of germs –
- WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN
- Avoid others who are ill,
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing,
- If you become ill, “self-isolate” and STAY HOME.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Take good care of you! Eat healthy, drink plenty of fluids, exercise and get plenty of rest
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF INFLUENZA:
- Fever (not everyone with influenza will have a fever)
- Sore Throat
- Runny or Stuffy Nose
- Body Aches (Some say they feel as if they have been run over by a semi)
If you have had the above symptoms for 48 hours or longer, there is NOT a medication to provide you. Stay home and treat the signs and symptoms.
5 STEPS TO TAKE IF YOU GET INFLUENZA
- Stay at home and rest
- Avoid close contact with well people in your house so you won’t make them sick, this is also known as “Self Isolating”
- Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent fluid loss (dehydration)
- Treat fever and cough with medicines you can buy at the store
DO NOT give children aspirin or products containing aspirin
- If you become very sick, are pregnant, or have a medical condition that puts you at high risk of flu-related complications (like asthma, diabetes or heart disease), Call you doctor
- Do not return to work or school until you have been without a fever for at least 24 hours. Your fever should be gone without the use of fever reducing meds.
School age children and those that work with high risk patients/residents should stay home for 5 days, with day 1 being the first day of influenza symptoms, in addition to no fever for at least 24 hours.
SEEK PREVENTATIVE/PROPHYLACTIC ANTIVIRAL TREATMENT IF:
- You are exposed to a confirmed flu case within the last 48 hours AND have one or more of the following conditions:
- Adults age 65 and older
- Children age 2 and younger
- Persons with a chronic disease, such as Asthma, Heart Disease, Diabetes
- Immune deficiency conditions
- Nursing home residents
- Women who are pregnant or have just had a baby within the last 2 weeks
Call the Yuma Clinic 848-3896, the Akron Clinic 345-6336 or the Yuma Hospital at 848-5405 for any questions or concerns. We will be happy to assist you and provide guidance.
You are the author and the sentence is your life. Your story is NOT over!
ANNOUNCEMENT: Yuma District Hospital and Clinics will conduct an active shooter drill on Thursday, October 4
Yuma Hospital will participate in this drill with local law enforcement.
On Thursday, October 4, 2018, Yuma District Hospital and Clinics will be conducting a drill to test their staff in an event of an active shooter. The drill will include a large presence of local law enforcement and EMS and is expected to last about an hour.
What is the Annual Wellness Visit?
This visit is to talk with your healthcare team about your health history, your risk for certain diseases, the current state of your health and your plan for staying healthy.
During your Annual Wellness Visit, your healthcare team will:
- Check your height, weight and blood pressure
- Screen for depression, risk of falling, cognitive impairment and other potential problems
- Provide you with a written personalized preventive care plan
- Make recommendations for additional wellness services and healthy lifestyle changes
How is the Annual Wellness Visit different from other visits?
- This is not the same as a yearly head-to-toe physical exam
- Your doctor or nurse practitioner will not listen to you heart and lungs or check other parts of your body
When do I get it?
You are eligible for the Welcome to Medicare visit during the first 12 months after your enrollment in Medicare Part B.
You can get your first Annual Wellness Visit after you have been enrolled in Medicare for 12 months. After your first Wellness Visit, you can get a follow-up Wellness Visit every 12 months.
Who pays for it?
Medicare will pay for the Welcome to Medicare and Annual Wellness Visit.
- Medicare will pay for most screening services you need
- You might have to pay a copayment for some screening services and follow-up visits.
How do I schedule my visit?
When you call the Yuma District Hospital and Clinics, tell them you would like to schedule your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. They will help you plan for the visit. They may send you a form about your health to fill out and bring to your appointment.
Things to bring to your Annual Wellness Visit:
- The Welcome to Medicare Health Questionnaire
- All medications that you are currently taking in the original bottles along with vitamins and herbal supplements.
What is preventative care and why do I need it?
Preventative care is what we do to prevent or delay medical problems. Getting preventive care saves you time, money and worry that comes with medical problems. If you avoid medical problems, you will be more independent and have a better quality of life for a longer time.
Yuma District Hospital 10th Anniversary Celebration
Held on June the 8th, Yuma District Hospital served 400+ people, along with drawings for Fitbits. The winners of the Fitbits are Sharon Lohmeyer and Karen Schneider. Tom and Justin Blach, along with Keith Malchoff, cooked the hamburgers and hot dogs, that were served along with baked beans, chips, and cupcakes. The celebration was hosted by the Yuma District Hospital Foundation – thanks to them for the great evening!
The Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC) at Yuma District Hospital and Clinics was developed 2 years ago to encourage increased communication between hospital leadership, staff, patients, and families to improve the quality of patient care and the patient experience at YDHC. Through their unique perspectives, the council provides input on issues that impact patient care, patient safety and patient satisfaction. The PFAC strengthens relations with-in the community and gives the community members an opportunity to provide feedback about current systems and generates new ideas from the most informed on the care team; the patient and family.
Why does YDHC have a PFAC? There are many advantages to having a PFAC at the hospital. PFAC contributes to better clinical outcomes, reduces costs of care, and improves patient satisfaction and retention. Community members gain a better understanding of the healthcare system and become advocates for patient and family-centered healthcare in their community
Yuma District Hospital and Clinics has a dedicated group of community members serving on the council. They are very interested in helping us to provide better care and customer service. The current community members are Anita Callahan, Dencia Raisch, Kevin Mathias,Ron Wenger, Bonnie Frihauf, Elaine Nieslanik, RN, Sergio Sanchez, Shirley Serl and Mary Kay Robertson. Employees on the council include Cindy Mulder, Penni Danner, April Heaton, LPN, Windy Muirheid, CNA, Patty Jones, RN, Natasha Deming, MD, RN/CEO and Judy Price, PFAC Coordinator. PFAC accomplishments over the last two years were:
– Additional signage added to ER, Surgery and Rehab
– Increased patient privacy at the front desk by adding stanchions directing the patient/visitor flow
– Doors adjusted on public restrooms to make it easier to open for those using wheelchairs or walkers.
– Bottled water provided to patients upon completion of diagnostic testing
– large and small privacy bags given to patients needing to return samples to lab
– All the members agree our biggest accomplishment and possibly the most rewarding is the “Service Day – Give Ability a Tune-up”, co-sponsored by National Seating and Mobility and YDHC. This community need was identified and suggested by Sergio Sanchez, PFAC community member, who recognized there is not a service in Yuma that repairs wheel chairs and other mobility devices. Keith Malchoff, YDH Occupational Therapist, assisted with securing the vendor, National Seating and Mobility.
We do this event one time a year. Residents from Yuma and the surrounding area have benefited from this service. Some simply needed to have their walker adjusted or tightened, while others needed batteries replaced in their motorized scooter or wheelchair. Others were provided help and direction in getting a new updated motorized scooter/wheelchair as theirs was worn out.
Several residents commented they didn’t know where to go for help with their assistive device.
Yuma Clinic has been working on an initiative aimed at improving preventative care for patients with chronic conditions. The idea for the Healthcare Communication Forms (what the clinic team calls “pink sheets”) started when the clinic noticed that patients with chronic conditions were not consistently coming into the clinic for routine visits. They decided to test a new process for keeping track of patients’ chronic care management, and started with patients with hypertension and diabetes.
Carmen Veliz, Bilingual Patient Navigator at Yuma District Hospital and Clinics, created a spreadsheet that included all diabetic and hypertensive patients. Carmen also included important clinical measures, such as last clinic visit, lab values, foot exam/eye exam, and if the patient was taking aspirin/statin or if they were due for a Prevnar. Carmen first updated the spreadsheet manually for all patients. The clinic now has a process for using the spreadsheet to make sure that patients stay up to date with their preventative care. The process is outlined below: