Thursday, March 26, 2015

GRMC Receives Statewide Award for Patient Safety Achievements

Outstanding work in reducing early elective infant deliveries at Grinnell Regional Medical Center has garnered the medical center the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative’s (IHC) patient safety award for reducing hospital acquired conditions. The 2015 IHC Patient Safety Awards were featured at the statewide Patient Safety Conference on March 12 at The Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona.
A team of physicians and obstetrical nurses worked to implement the “39 Week” rule for infant deliveries that significantly decreased the risk of adverse effects for infants and mothers. GRMC’s policy is that there will be no elective induction of labor or C-sections prior to 39 weeks in pregnancy unless the health of the mother or child is at risk.
The concept of not allowing elective deliveries before 39 weeks is an inexpensive, easy intervention to make our patients healthier. Led by our OB nurse manager, Sheryl Baarda, the physicians and staff implemented processes to prevent these early elective deliveries,” says Laura Ferguson, MD, Family Medicine, and chair of the GRMC Medical Staff Obstetrics Committee. “Our entire team is delighted to see the improved outcomes for our moms and babies – fewer inductions, fewer cesarean sections, and fewer transfers of newborns.”
The IHC Patient Safety Awards are presented to healthcare providers and/or healthcare organizations who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and achievement in patient safety. The Patient Safety Award aims to raise the standard of healthcare in Iowa by promoting a culture of continuous improvement in quality, safety, and value.
This award honors patient safety champions that support the following initiatives: improve patient safety; reduce the risk of harm; and keep patients at the center of care.
 “We’re very proud of the work being done in Iowa,” says Tom Evans, MD, president and CEO of IHC. “Patient safety is about eliminating unintended consequences of medical care. This award allows us to highlight some of the best efforts in our state as we work toward our vision of delivering the most effective and efficient health care in the nation.”
Stewart Memorial Hospital in Lake City, Iowa, garnered the Patient Safety Grand Prize award. It was recognized for development of a transition coach project to share patient information across the care continuum and created a team that includes the quality advisor, director of nursing, health coaches, and clinic nursing supervisor, emergency room nurses, and home care nurses. 
Four categorical award recipients were also announced:
Fort Madison Community Hospital (Patient and Family Engagement Award)
Grinnell Regional Medical Center (Hospital Acquired Conditions Award)
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Health Care – Associated Infections Award)
Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames (Improving Culture of Safety/Safety Across the Board)

The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) is a provider-led and patient-focused nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a culture of continuous improvement in healthcare. IHC's mission is exceptional healthcare in Iowa.  IHC plays a unique role in putting healthcare providers (doctors, nurses and hospital executives) in a leadership position to drive clinical improvements and accelerate change.  By encouraging communication, collaboration and transparency, IHC ultimately raises the quality, patient safety and value of healthcare in Iowa.

Photo Cutline: GRMC staff were honored during the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative’s Patient Safety Awards ceremony in Des Moines on March 12. From left, Tom Evans, president and CEO of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative presented the award to Doris Rindels, GRMC vice president, and Sheryl Baarda, nurse manager at the Kintzinger Women’s Health Center. 

GRMC Generates $32 Million Impact on Area Economy

Grinnell Regional Medical Center employs more than 400 people, generates another 190 healthcare sector jobs, and adds $32 million to the Poweshiek County economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association. In addition, GRMC employees themselves spend $5.93 million on retail sales and contribute $356,000 to state sales tax revenue.
The IHA study examined the jobs, income, retail sales, and sales tax produced by Iowa’s 118 hospitals and the rest of the state’s healthcare sector, including local physician and dental offices, pharmacies, nursing and residential care, and related services. The study was compiled from data submitted to the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey of Hospitals, using software from other industries to determine economic impact.
GRMC Board President Todd Reding said that the IHA study confirms the medical center’s significance to the community. “The IHA study acknowledges the vital role GRMC plays in both the physical and fiscal health of the surrounding area,” Reding said. “GRMC is an interdependent service provider that returns substantially to the community, and in turn relies on the community for support of its expanding diagnostic and treatment facilities to boost local health and wellness.”
Overall, Iowa hospitals directly employ 71,324 people and create another 50,131 jobs outside the hospital sector. As an income source, hospitals provide $4.2 billion in salaries and benefits and generate another $1.9 billion through other jobs that depend on hospitals. The healthcare sector contributes $14.3 billion to Iowa’s economy while directly and indirectly providing 293,758 jobs, or about one-fifth of the state’s total non-farm employment.
All of Iowa’s 118 community hospitals are members of the Iowa Hospital Association, a voluntary membership organization representing hospital and health system interests to business, government and consumer audiences. Complete information from the study is available on the IHA website at


SE*ED: Vaccines and Why You Should Stay Current

Vaccination for infants and children is an ongoing topic of discussion in the news, particularly in the wake of the recent measles outbreak. What you may not know is that vaccines are important for people at all ages.
Patty Hinrichs, RN, Grinnell Regional Public Health, will be the featured speaker at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center SE*ED program on Monday, April 6. Hinrichs will discuss immunizations and the vaccines specific to persons age 50 and older.
The program is free and open to the public at the Drake Community Library. Refreshments are served beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m. No reservations are needed. Donations are accepted.
The SE*ED program is back to its weekly schedule starting on the first Monday of April until November 17, the date of the annual gratitude program. Monique Shore will present, “Click and Connect: What Broadband is and Why it is Important to You” on April 13.
Parking is available at the Drake Community Library, along Park Street, on Fifth Avenue, and in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot.
Seniors needing transportation may call GRMC Communications and Development, 641-236-2593 by Thursday before the program.
If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance,
please call 641-236-2593. For more information about upcoming speakers please check GRMC’s website at or call 641-236-2954.


Nominate an Exceptional Nurse for the DAISY Award

Grinnell Regional Medical Center invites members of the public to nominate an outstanding nurse for The DAISY Award. GRMC will honor all nursing staff during National Hospital Week with The DAISY Award. Nominations are due Thursday, April 16.
The award was established by The DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of an auto-immune disease. DAISY stands for “diseases attacking the immune system.” The DAISY Award recognizes outstanding nurses for their compassion and care.
“At GRMC and our affiliated clinics, we have many DAISY nurses,” says Doris Rindels, GRMC vice-president. “They are the kind of nurse that other nurses want taking care of their mom. They are the nurses that go above-and-beyond for their patients. Their coworkers feel that working with them is a real gift because they care about all aspects of their job and teammates.”
GRMC is participating in this award program with Mercy Health Network of Central Iowa to honor outstanding nurses. All nurses (LPN, RN, and Advance Practice Nurses) who provide direct patient care in any GRMC department or clinic are eligible to be nominated for a DAISY Award.
Nomination forms are available at GRMC nurse’s stations, the nursing administration office, human resources, The Light Center for Public Health, and GRMC clinics in Lynnville, Victor, and Deer Creek Health Center in Toledo.
The Mercy Health Network of Central Iowa will also recognize a DAISY Award registered nurse in June. Those selected from Mercy Health Network of Central Iowa affiliate hospitals, such as GRMC, will be considered to be the DAISY Award recipient at the network level. They will attend a special presentation ceremony in Des Moines and one registered nurse will be chosen to be the DAISY Award recipient for the entire Mercy Health Network of Central Iowa.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company Makes $60,000 Gift to ER Remodeling Project

Grinnell Regional Medical Center has received an additional investment from Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company for the medical center’s Moving at the Speed of Life comprehensive campaign in support of the planned renovation of Grinnell Regional’s emergency department.
“The viability of our company, community, and surrounding communities is deeply dependent upon the services of Grinnell Regional Medical Center,” says Larry Jansen, president and CEO of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. “Without a modern hospital, businesses and communities experience difficulties attracting and retaining quality employees and residents. As a local resident and president of the largest employer in the area, I am grateful for the services we receive from Grinnell Regional.”
Grinnell Regional Medical Center is seeking funds to completely renovate and upgrade the emergency department. More than 10,000 patient visits happen annually in this certified Level III/Area trauma center. Significant improvements are needed and planned for GRMC’s emergency services to continue to meet the needs of area residents and all who come to the emergency department for medical care.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Grinnell Mutual has chosen to invest in the new emergency department,” says Denise Lamphier, director of Communications and Development at GRMC. “The medical center relies heavily on philanthropy from our corporations, small businesses, individuals, and families alike. We’ve made a tremendous amount of progress in the past year thanks to the generous support of area residents.”
Overall, GRMC’s latest comprehensive campaign, called Moving at the Speed of Life has raised just shy of $3.2 million. As funds have been received, projects have been started and completed. This includes the GRMC Auxiliary Chemotherapy and Infusion Center, Manatt Family Urgent Care, the new Paul W. Ahrens Fitness Center at Postels Community Health Park, a new da Vinci Xi surgical robot, and a 64-slice CT scanner. It’s all about enhancing services, facilities, and technology at GRMC to meet the healthcare needs of the community today and in the future while also supporting annual needs of the medical center.
For more information about Moving at the Speed of Life: A Comprehensive Campaign for GRMC, please contact Lamphier at 641-236-2589 or


Grand Opening Set for New PT/OT Center

The public is welcome to tour the new F.A. Jones Physical and Occupational Therapy Center at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. An open house will be Tuesday, March 24, running from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A brief program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tours, demonstrations by staff, and refreshments will be provided. A $100 gift card to Brown’s Shoe Fit will be given away.
The F.A. Jones Physical and Occupational Therapy Center is located on the first floor of the Ahrens Medical Arts Building, formerly the home of GRMC’s Paul W. Ahrens Fitness Center. The new location has 3,600 square feet compared to 2,500 square feet in the previous location. The center features six private therapy rooms, strengthening equipment, expanded floor space, and the therapy pool. Staffing the center are 10 occupational therapists, physical therapists, and physical therapy assistants. The GRMC physical therapy department had been in the same location for more than 30 years. In that time, thousands of individuals have benefitted from the highly skilled staff who have made a positive difference in their health. This new state-of-the-art facility complements the skills of GRMC physical and occupational therapy professionals and brings them together in one department for the first time.
The new facility is named in memory of Fred A. Jones, by his family through their contribution of more than $250,000 toward the center. Fred A. Jones served on the Grinnell Community Hospital Board of Trustees in the 1950s and 1960s. He played an integral part in the merger of Grinnell’s two hospitals, St. Francis Hospital and Community Hospital, to create Grinnell General Hospital in 1967.