JCH&L Among Top 10 Nebraska Hospitals For Rural Provider Excellence in Quality

Jefferson Community Health & Life was named among the Top 10 Nebraska Hospitals for Rural Provider Excellence in Quality during the Nebraska Critical Access Hospitals Conference on Quality held Nov. 14-15 in Kearney.

The award uses the iVantage measures as well as scores in the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project. This is the second year for the Top 10 hospitals in Nebraska to be recognized by the Rural Health Association at the CAH Quality Conference. JCH&L was among the Top 10 recognized last year, as well.

A subsidiary of The Chartis Group, iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and payment optimization. iVantage’s analytics are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research.

The Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project is a quality improvement activity under the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) grant program of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health policy. The goal is to improve the quality of care in Critical Access Hospitals by increasing quality data reporting and driving quality improvement activities based on the data.

The MBQIP measures include ER transfer communication, CMS core measures in ER and immunization rates for patients.

Interim CEO Named at Jefferson Community Health & Life

FAIRBURY – Victor Lee, MHA, LFACHE, will be the interim CEO at Jefferson Community Health & Life as the board of directors searches for the health care organization’s next CEO.

Lee has been in client relations with Pathway Design Group of Kearney since 2018. He previously was an interim CEO at Clarinda, Iowa. Lee provided leadership as CEO at Boone County Health Center in Albion and Community Medical Center in Falls City. He also served as a regional services consultant for BryanLGH Health System.

“I look forward to being interim CEO and assisting Jefferson Community Health & Life through this transition,” Lee said.

The board approved the interim relationship at a special meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Lee officially began his duties on Monday, Nov. 18.

The next step for the board will be to select a search firm for the recruitment process for the CEO position.

“Our board is committed to find a leader for JCH&L who will help us continue to inspire our area residents to a lifetime of health, and be a vital and trusted health care partner in Jefferson County and beyond,” said Brian Scheele, JCH&L board president.

JCH&L is a 17-bed Critical Access Hospital which offers inpatient and outpatient services, 2 family medicine clinics, Burkley Fitness Center, Gardenside long-term care, and Home Health Services. It is governed by an 8-member board. JCH&L has served Jefferson County and the surrounding area since 1963.

Celebration of Rural Health Nov. 21 at JCH&L Plymouth Clinic

FAIRBURY – In honor of National Rural Health Day and Diabetes Month, on Thursday, Nov. 21, JCH&L Plymouth Clinic will offer free blood sugar screenings, free blood pressure screenings, healthy snacks and an opportunity for all who stop in to sign up to win a frozen turkey.

The special screenings, snacks and drawing will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at JCH&L Plymouth Clinic.

National Rural Health Day is designated by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health to celebrate the power of rural by honoring the selfless, community-minded, can-do spirit that prevails in rural America and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers. It also gives an opportunity to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face.

November is also National Diabetes Month – and diabetes is a major health concern in both rural and urban areas of the United States. This year’s focus of National Diabetes Month in on links between diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The American Diabetes Association says that 84 million American adults have prediabetes, and are therefore at risk of developing diabetes. Unfortunately, nearly 90 percent of them don’t even know it. A simple blood sugar screening, along with a diabetes risk questionnaire will be available to help you determine if you are at risk.

Blood pressure screening will also be offered. High blood pressure is a “silent killer.” Typically, a person with high blood pressure has no symptoms, and if left untreated high blood pressure can contribute to stroke, heart attack and other health issues. High blood pressure can be prevented and can be managed. Having a blood pressure screening and if necessary making some lifestyle changes can help you live a healthier life.

Everyone who comes in can sample some healthy treats, and sign up for a drawing for a free Thanksgiving turkey.

“On Rural Health Day, we are thankful for our health, and for our community,” said Lana Likens, director of public relations for Jefferson Community Health & Life. “We want to share the Power of Rural with those in Plymouth and the surrounding area and provide some valuable health information which could help people live healthier lives.”

The Plymouth Clinic offers a wide range of family medicine services, including: physical exams and preventative care, treatment of acute and chronic illness, minor surgeries and procedures, laboratory services and radiology services. Winter hours are now in effect: Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments at JCH&L Plymouth Clinic can be made Monday through Friday by calling 402-729-6888. Providers are certified physician assistants Kelsey Cherry, PA-C and Tyler Maguire, PA-C. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 402-729-6888. When the Plymouth Clinic is not open, calls are answered by JCH&L Fairbury Clinic.

Additional Influenza Immunization Clinics Scheduled

The high-dose influenza vaccine is now available, and additional Influenza vaccination clinics for all ages have been scheduled at JCH&L Fairbury Clinic. Fairbury Clinic will have front lobby flu shot clinic days on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Thursday, Nov. 7, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Influenza vaccinations will also be available any day the clinics are open or during regular office visits. At Fairbury Clinic, influenza vaccines will be available from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. At JCH&L Plymouth Clinic, shots will be available during the new clinic hours of Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bring your insurance card if you want the influenza vaccine to be billed to insurance. Most major insurances and Medicare cover the influenza vaccine. There will be a fee that day if the influenza vaccine is given on a private pay basis.

Children 18 and under who are covered by Medicaid can’t get their flu vaccines at these clinics. They must use a clinic which participates in the Vaccines for Children program. The Blue Valley Community Action Immunization Clinic which holds clinics twice a month at JCH&L offers Vaccines for Children immunizations.

Influenza vaccines are available any day the clinics are open, or during office visits. Flu shots on days other than the scheduled front lobby days may require a few minutes wait time.

The Centers for Disease Control recommend annual influenza vaccinations for everyone 6 months and older. Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent influenza is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

If you have questions about influenza vaccinations, contact JCH&L Fairbury Clinic at 402-729-3361.

Rose Honored As JCH&L’s Caring Kind for 2019

JoAnn Rose, cafeteria attendant, was recognized as Jefferson Community Health & Life’s Caring Kind employee for 2019 at the Nebraska Hospital Association’s annual Caring Kind luncheon on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in LaVista.

JoAnn been employed at JCH&L for 7 years. She works in the cafeteria, where she assists both staff and public on a daily basis. Her nominators describe her as caring, friendly and accommodating to everyone. Nominators said she never makes anyone feel like a bother, no matter what their special need or preference. She seems to sense when her customers need some extra care and will do her best to cheer them up and make their day brighter.

Nominators said she makes the dining experience exceptional for employees and visitors alike. They note seeing her carry trays for customers who need assistance, letting staff know if one of their favorites is on the menu soon, and being a great team member for her coworkers. She treats everyone like family. She is calm, even when the cafeteria is extra busy. She is patient, even with customers who have very specific taste buds.

For 40 years, The Caring Kind award has been given to Nebraska’s most caring and compassionate hospital employees. The award honors outstanding health care employees who have demonstrated compassion for patients, cooperation with co-workers and dedication to excellence in their job responsibilities.

The Caring Kind Award has truly become a rich tradition for the NHA and our members. The recipients demonstrate a level of kindness, caring, dedication and commitment to their patients that goes above and beyond,” said NHA President Laura J. Redoutey, FACHE. “I look forward to this event every year – it celebrates all that is good in serving others.”

Hospitals across the state each select one award recipient from within their respective institutions to be recognized during the NHA Annual Convention.

More than 2,500 skilled and dedicated health care professionals have received this award since its inception in 1979. This year, 76 employees were honored before more than 500 people in attendance at The Caring Kind Awards Luncheon held at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in La Vista.

The event showcases the exemplary work and care hospital employees provide every day throughout the year. Every Nebraska hospital employee plays a critical role in providing high-quality, cost-effective treatment and ensuring the safety of themselves, their co-workers and patients each and every day.

These honorees are star performers through their dedication to patients and teamwork, ensuring that care is safe, quality-driven and cost-effective for consumers, as well as for the organizations they represent.

The NHA congratulates The Caring Kind award recipients for 2019:

  • Lori Adams-Kunz, PharmD | Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital | O’ Neill
  • Jamileth Alvarado | St. Francis Memorial Hospital/Dinklage Medical Clinic | West Point
  • Rita Aschoff | Osmond General Hospital | Osmond
  • Gina Baker, MHD, LMHP | Boone County Health Center | Albion
  • Wendell Barbee, MSN, RN, CCRN | CHI Health Immanuel | Omaha
  • Erin Barnes, RN, BSN | CHI Health St. Mary’s | Nebraska City
  • Laurie Batenhorst | CHI Health Lakeside | Omaha
  • Katie Bates, LPN | Morrill County Community Hospital | Bridgeport
  • Nikea Brady, CSW | Methodist Fremont Health Dunklau Gardens | Fremont
  • Ann Brothers | Syracuse Area Health | Syracuse
  • Tammi Cawthra, APRN | Dundy County Hospital | Benkelman
  • Erica Cervantes, RN | Kearney County Health Services | Minden
  • Nikki Cook | West Holt Medical Services | Atkinson
  • Melinda Curry | Nebraska Medicine | Omaha
  • Lyle Davis | Cozad Community Health System | Cozad
  • Theresa Davis, RN | Providence Medical Center | Wayne
  • Jill Denker | Lexington Regional Health Center | Lexington
  • Seron Dillard | Box Butte General Hospital | Alliance
  • Jayda Edgar, RN | Thayer County Health Services | Hebron
  • Cathy Engel, RN, BSN | Brodstone Memorial Hospital | Superior
  • Melissa Feldhacker, BSN, RN | Methodist Women’s Hospital | Omaha
  • Mary Jo Fozzard | Butler County Health Care Center | David City
  • Megan French, RN | Memorial Community Hospital & Health System | Blair
  • Evan Geilenkirchen, CRNA | Community Hospital | McCook
  • Glenn Hain | Memorial Health Care Systems | Seward
  • Miriam Halstead, RN | Memorial Community Health | Aurora
  • Jackie Hamm-Sipley, RN | Regional West Garden County | Oshkosh
  • Nicole Havel, PA | Chase County Community Hospital | Imperial
  • Jan Heithoff | Antelope Memorial Hospital | Neligh
  • Alicia Hollander, RN | Tri Valley Health System | Cambridge
  • Alexis Hooker | Merrick Medical Center | Central City
  • Kelli Hromek | Friend Community Healthcare System | Friend
  • Elizabeth Jacobs-Fitzgerald, BSN, RNC-OB | CHI Health St. Elizabeth | Lincoln
  • Debra Jelken, RN | Franklin County Memorial Hospital | Franklin
  • Barb Jenkins, PBT | Nemaha County Hospital | Auburn
  • Kim Johansen, PTA | Community Medical Center, Inc. | Falls City
  • Jeff Kautz, PT, ATC, COMT, CSCS | Great Plains Health | North Platte
  • Rose Kleineweber | Crete Area Medical Center | Crete
  • Dorothy Kohler, LPN | CHI Health Schuyler | Schuyler
  • Rose Kothe, RN | Mary Lanning Healthcare | Hastings
  • Brint Lemke | CHI Health CUMC – Bergan Mercy | Omaha
  • Joan Lilly, OT | Avera Creighton Hospital | Creighton
  • Adriana Lopez | CHI Health St. Francis | Grand Island
  • Joan Manning, RN | York General | York
  • Dave McAtee | Boys Town National Research Hospital | Omaha
  • Kathy McDonald | Columbus Community Hospital | Columbus
  • Shelly McQuillan, MSW | Ogallala Community Hospital | Ogallala
  • Cindy Melcher, RN | Beatrice Community Hospital & Health Center | Beatrice
  • Sara Milke | Johnson County Hospital | Tecumseh
  • Fred Miller | Children’s Hospital & Medical Center | Omaha
  • Floyd Mohr | Annie Jeffrey Memorial County Health Center | Osceola
  • Cynthia Montanez | Regional West Health Services | Scottsbluff
  • Darlene Mowrey, PT, DPT | CHI Health Midlands | Papillion
  • Shane O’Brien | Faith Regional Health Services | Norfolk
  • Darla Pinkelman | OrthoNebraska | Omaha
  • Shanda Pouk, RT ( R ) (CT) | Phelps Memorial Health Center | Holdrege
  • Elaine Price, RN | Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center | Broken Bow
  • Mike Raasch | Pender Community Hospital | Pender
  • Deb Radenslaben, ASCP | Saunders Medical Center | Wahoo
  • JoAnn Rose | Jefferson Community Health & Life | Fairbury
  • Tami Rudder | Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals | Lincoln
  • Heather Sayaloune, LPN, CRT | Chadron Community Hospital & Health Services | Chadron
  • Judy Schroeder | CHI Health Good Samaritan | Kearney
  • Michelle Simon, PT | Nebraska Methodist Hospital | Omaha
  • Teresa Spier | Pawnee County Memorial Hospital | Pawnee City
  • Kevin Sponsel, RPh | Bryan Health | Lincoln
  • Vicki Stegeman, RN | Sidney Regional Medical Center | Sidney
  • Ann Steinkraus, CNA  | CHI Health Plainview | Plainview
  • Abby Stewart | Fillmore County Hospital | Geneva
  • Cheryl Swett, RN | Valley County Health System | Ord
  • Kat Sybrant, LPN | Rock County Hospital | Bassett
  • Patricia Ward | Howard County Medical Center | Saint Paul
  • Jeannie Welke, CNA  | Brown County Hospital | Ainsworth
  • Christel Wilson | Harlan County Health System | Alma
  • Bill Wood, RDCS, RDCS-P, RVT | Kearney Regional Medical Center | Kearney
  • Rick Zarek, RP | Gothenburg Health | Gothenburg

Bruce Graduates from NHA Leadership Institute

LA VISTA, Neb. — The Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) honored 41 graduates of Leadership Institute Class XVI during their 92nd Annual Convention Awards Banquet, which was held on Oct. 16, 2019, at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in La Vista. Mick Bruce, facilities supervisor, and Angela Pruitt, former Health Information Services Director, were among the graduates.

The NHA Leadership Institute, which has over 400 alumni, is a 10-month intensive leadership development program that is geared toward providing middle management and up-and-coming leaders within Nebraska member hospitals with the necessary skills to become exceptional leaders and puts them on the path to senior management positions. It is vital for CEOs to develop a leadership pipeline to ensure effective succession planning while enhancing employees’ contributions to the organization.

Participants in the intensive leadership development program completed 40 hours of instruction and training, individual development planning, personality assessments, feedback exercises and management coaching. The NHA Leadership Institute is a partnership between the NHA and expert faculty from Bellevue University.

They also engaged in a variety of leadership-oriented topics, including building a foundation of leadership, using 360-degree assessments for improved leadership, working with conflict, analyzing performance issues, personality traits in the workplace, coaching for improved performance, leading across the generations, leading teams and succession management.

“We are very proud of this year’s graduates of the NHA Leadership Institute as they have demonstrated a desire and commitment to becoming exceptional health care leaders for Nebraska,” said NHA President Laura J. Redoutey. “It’s a credit to the commitment of our participants and the excellent work performed by our partner, Bellevue University.”

The NHA acknowledges and congratulates the following Class XVI graduates of this year’s
NHA Leadership Institute:

 

  • Julie Baumgart | Columbus Community Hospital | Columbus
  • Candy Bell | Harlan County Health System | Alma
  • Andrea Blecke | Providence Medical Center | Wayne
  • Jessica Bortner | Community Hospital | McCook
  • Mick Bruce | Jefferson Community Health & Life | Fairbury
  • Jennifer Brunswick | Community Hospital | McCook
  • Megan Burkey | Memorial Health Care Systems | Seward
  • Mike Dougherty | Thayer County Health Services | Hebron
  • Cheryl Eklund | York General | York
  • Sara Ellis | York General | York
  • Brent Enninga | York General | York
  • Kelly Findlay | Pawnee County Memorial Hospital | Pawnee City
  • Kami Foster | Community Hospital | McCook
  • Mirya Hallock | Webster County Community Hospital | Red Cloud
  • Ashley Havel | Fillmore County Hospital | Geneva
  • Marla Heitmann | Thayer County Health Services | Hebron
  • Christine Hutchinson | St. Francis Memorial Hospital | West Point
  • Jennifer Johnson | Box Butte General Hospital | Alliance
  • Kaitlyn Kavan | Saunders Medical Center | Wahoo
  • Jenny Knapp | Saunders Medical Center | Wahoo
  • Brittany Langan | Howard County Medical Center | St. Paul
  • Megan McGown | Great Plains Health | North Platte
  • Michelle Meyer | Columbus Community Hospital | Columbus
  • Deb Moorhous | Community Hospital | McCook
  • Tina Pate | Great Plains Health | North Platte
  • Sam Prokopec | Saunders Medical Center | Wahoo
  • Hayley Prosser | Thayer County Health Services | Hebron
  • Angela Pruitt | Jefferson Community Health & Life | Fairbury
  • Tierney Reilly | Community Hospital | McCook
  • Nancy Rinkol | Columbus Community Hospital | Columbus
  • Joni Sautter | Box Butte General Hospital | Alliance
  • Katie Schrad | St. Francis Memorial Hospital | West Point
  • Janell Shelton | Kearney County Health Services | Minden
  • Laura Teichmeier | Memorial Community Health | Aurora
  • Courtney Thurlow | Chadron Community Hospital & Health Services | Chadron
  • Megan Travis | CHI Health St. Mary’s | Nebraska City
  • Sarah Troester | Chadron Community Hospital & Health Services | Chadron
  • Deb Uldrich | Fillmore County Hospital | Geneva
  • Heather Valasek | Howard County Medical Center | St. Paul
  • Danny VanRanken | Kearney Regional Medical Center | Kearney
  • Ben Young | Valley County Health System | Ord

JCH&L Plymouth Clinic Offers New Hours

Winter Hours Take Effect Nov. 5

FAIRBURY – New winter hours for JCH&L Plymouth Clinic go into effect on Nov. 5, offering an earlier start on Tuesdays and a later closer time on Thursdays. Winter hours will be Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Times are being offered to include an earlier time and a later time to give more options for those who might need clinic services, and includes lunch time hours.

“We hope patients and potential patients find these winter hours helpful in scheduling medical care, or in dropping in if they need care,” said Jacki Moellenberndt, clinic manager. “Same day appointments and walk ins are accepted at the clinic.”

The Plymouth Clinic offers a wide range of family medicine services, including: physical exams and preventative care, treatment of acute and chronic illness, minor surgeries and procedures, laboratory services and radiology services.

Appointments at JCH&L Plymouth Clinic can be made Monday through Friday by calling 402-729-6888. Providers are certified physician assistants Kelsey Cherry, PA-C and Tyler Maguire, PA-C. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 402-729-6888. When the Plymouth Clinic is not open, calls are answered by JCH&L Fairbury Clinic.

Jefferson Community Health & Life’s mission is to inspire a lifetime of health by providing exceptional health and life services for every person, every time, in a comfortable setting near home.

“You and your family can count on a lasting relationship with a family medicine provider who knows you well and helps you stay healthy at every stage of life,” said Lana Likens, JCH&L Director of Public Relations.