Doug Rahn interview on WLDS
Doug Rahn, President and CEO, joined Gary Scott on A.M. Conversation this morning on WLDS Radio.
Vein Illumination System Now at Passavant
Passavant Area Hospital announced Thursday they have implemented the AccuVein AV400 vein illumination system.
The AccuVein AV400 is designed to help healthcare professionals locate veins for venipuncture, which is the most common invasive medical procedure with 2.7 million procedures conducted every day in the United States alone. The AccuVein system uses a safe beam of light, projected on to a patient’s arm, to reveal a map of the peripheral veins on the skin’s surface. This assists clinicians in locating appropriate veins for IV starts and blood draws, which can often be challenging in patients who are dehydrated, obese, dark-skinned or have small veins.
“It’s very easy to use,” said Leanna Wynn, RN and Clinical Director at Passavant. It reduces the unnecessary pain for patients who have to endure multiple sticks, and boosts staff confidence in their ability to locate a vein on the first try, said Wynn.
Anything a hospital can do to lessen the trauma and unnecessary pain, especially in children, is worth the extra expense and effort, she said. Passavant purchased 5 AccuVein AV400s in March.
This adoption comes at a time when the Infusion Nurses Society, an important advisory body, issued recommendations to incorporate vein visualization technology for patients with poor or difficult venous access. The INS goes on to explain that visualization technology can improve success rates, decrease unsuccessful insertion attempts and improve patient satisfaction.
Betsy Birdsley is Daisy Award Recipient
Betsy Birdsley, ICCU, is our latest recipient of the Daisy Award.
Memorial, Passavant Affiliation Approved
Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville has cleared all regulatory approvals and has become the fourth hospital to join Memorial Health System. Passavant officially becomes a Memorial affiliate today, April 1.
The affiliation was given the green light by the Federal Trade Commission on March 24. Earlier, on March 11, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board unanimously approved the proposal at its monthly meeting in Bloomington.
Passavant Area Hospital is the seventh full affiliate of Memorial and the health system’s second largest hospital. The Springfield-based health system includes Memorial Medical Center of Springfield, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Taylorville Memorial Hospital, Memorial Home Services, Memorial Physician Services and Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois.
“Partnering with Memorial better positions us to meet the health-care needs of our community as we adapt to national health-care reform,” said Janet M. Terry, Passavant’s board chairwoman. “There’s great value in maintaining our local relationships by affiliating with an organization that has shown a deep commitment to improving the lives of the people of central Illinois.”
Founded in 1875, Passavant Area Hospital has 900 full- and part-time employees and is staffed for 93 inpatient beds. It is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and earned status as a Magnet Hospital® – the highest honor a health-care organization can receive for professional nursing practice – from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2009 and most recently in March 2014 when it earned a four-year redesignation.
Memorial Health System’s three hospitals in Springfield, Lincoln and Taylorville are staffed for 523 inpatient beds, and the health system employs 5,725 people. Springfield’s Memorial Medical Center has been a Magnet Hospital since 2006.
Memorial Health System president and chief executive officer Edgar J. Curtis said this affiliation will provide opportunities for both organizations to offer even greater access to health-care services to the citizens in the communities they serve.
“National health-care reform is requiring greater levels of partnership between communities,” he said. “We must think and work differently. By better coordinating care, we can simultaneously increase quality and reduce health-care costs for the people we serve.”
Memorial Health System has had a long history of commitment to the Jacksonville medical community, including the construction of a medical office building completed on Passavant’s campus in June 2013, which houses the offices of Memorial Physician Services-Jacksonville. The health system also operates a medical equipment retail store in Jacksonville, which is a joint venture between Memorial Home Services and Passavant.
Passavant Earns Magnet® Redesignation
Passavant Area Hospital has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing, and is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. With this recredentialing, Passavant is part of a select group of 37 healthcare organizations in Illinois and 401 out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations to achieve Magnet status.
“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community,” says Karen Daum, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. “To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our achievement of this credential for an additional four years underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drives our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the people we serve.”
Passavant first achieved Magnet status in 2009. Passavant learned of its achievement during a conference call March 20 from Brian Selig, Chair of the Commission on Magnet. The call was attended by a large gathering of Passavant employees in the Main Lobby.
Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.
To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on site visit occurs to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous on site review process, the Commission on Magnet reviews the completed appraisal report and votes to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.
Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as
• Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information;
• Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue;
• Higher job satisfaction among nurses; and
• Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position