Barnesville Hospital Celebrates “National Hospital Week”

From May 11th through May 15th, Barnesville Hospital will be joining the rest of the nation in observance of National Hospital Week. This year’s theme, “Where Miracles Happen Every Day,” is cause for celebration. Join us in thanking our employees who help make these miracles happen.

Miracles do happen at Barnesville Hospital. On a cold winter night around 1:00 a.m., a physically fit 59 year old man came to the Emergency Room after awakening with pain in his throat and difficulty breathing. An initial chest x-ray showed an anomaly which was later confirmed to be a dissecting aortic aneurysm. Relatively rate, over 40% of all patients die before reaching the hospital. Through quick diagnosis, stabilization, and air transport, that man miraculously survived and is alive today to talk about it. That man was Tim Ackerman of Somerton who states, “I was lucky Dr. Baum was there to diagnosis the problem.” Initial transfer plans were to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; however, after multiple cardiac arrests enroute, the helicopter had to land in Zanesville. Mr. Ackerman was told by his Zanesville doctor that his survival was indeed a “miracle.” Back to work, Mr. Ackerman says, “Mentally, it was a wake-up call, letting me know I’m not infallible.”

Excellent health care starts with excellent people. Staff at Barnesville Hospital continuously displays the attributes of CARE – Courtesy, Attitude, Respect, and Enthusiasm. The 32nd Annual Employee Service Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 14th to honor the men and women who demonstrate these human qualities which keep Barnesville Hospital an essential provider of healthcare. Forty-one employees, representing 625 years of service, as well as twelve C.A.R.E.givers selected by their peers, will be recognized.

According to Peggy Douglass, Director of Education & Outreach, “National Hospital Week is an opportunity to thank our staff. Changes is healthcare are certain but our mission and our vision remain unchanged – to serve as a model of excellence in rural healthcare and a vital center of community health activities throughout southeastern Ohio. Our staff want the very best for our patients and that’s what they bring to the hospital every day of the year.”

While maintaining the same ideals and values of “providing quality care to the community” that were responsible for the hospital’s creation in 1940, Barnesville Hospital continues as a source of quality health care to residents of Barnesville and the surrounding areas in western Belmont County, Monroe, Guernsey, Noble, and Harrison counties. A medical staff of more than 50 physicians, representing 20 specialties, and almost 300 personnel provide 24-hour emergency services along with inpatient care, skilled care, and observation services. In addition, Barnesville Hospital offers a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services, including: cardiac diagnostic testing, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, mammography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nutrition and medication counseling, pulmonary function testing, occupational, speech, and physical therapy, electroencephalogram (EEG), electroymyelogram (EMG), Holter cardiac monitoring, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, and sleep care.

Approximately 50,000 inpatient and outpatient visits annually are coordinated through a formal and comprehensive Care Management program. A clinical affiliation with Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University has evolved into a regional network of providers, making referrals through the Ohio State Health Network an enhancement of services and continuity of care.

Our hospital is more than a place where people go to heal. It is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. Since its incorporation May 15, 1940, Barnesville Hospital has not only been providing treatment and comfort to the sick, but has played a central role in maintaining a healthy and optimistic community. Community activities planned throughout the celebration will include:

  • Common Drugs of Abuse in the Community -Drug overdose deaths continue to be a crisis in Ohio, especially in our service area. In 2012, five Ohioans died every day from an unintentional drug overdose. Drug abuse is not limited to a specific population, socioeconomic status, or education level. Members of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force will provide a community education program entitled “Common Drugs of Abuse in the Community” on Monday, May 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the hospital’s Classroom. The program is free to all ages and no registration is required.
  • Women’s Health Day -In honor of women, young and old, Barnesville Hospital will sponsor a “Women’s Health Day”on Tuesday, May 12th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. with the last appointment at 3:00 p.m. During this day, participants will receive many screenings free of charge. Screenings can find diseases early, when they are easiest to treat. They can also identify other problems and help lower the risk for many problems, such as heart disease. To minimize time spent, an appointment is encouraged and can be made by calling (740) 425-5158.
  • Barnesville Chamber of Commerce Meeting – To express gratitude for the support provided to the hospital by local organizations, Barnesville Hospital will host the monthly meeting of the Barnesville Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, May 13th, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
  • A Change in the Health Insurance Landscape -The celebration will extend to the following week. Barnesville Hospital will provide an educational session on health insurance and the new Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, May 20th, at 2:00 p.m. in the Hospital Classroom. Local Certified Application Counselors from Ohio Hills Health Services, Barb Smith and Brandy Stephens, will present information on their roles as Certified Application Counselors, the Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Marketplace and Ohio’s Expanded Medicaid Programs. The goal is to provide individualized assistance, as much as possible. The program is free and no registration is required.
  • Adult Heartsaver CPR AED & First Aid – This program will be offered Thursday, May 21st, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Being prepared and knowing what to do in the event of an emergency, cardiac or respiratory arrest could help save the life of someone you love. There will be no charge for the course; however, to provide individualized instruction, class size is limited and pre-registration is required. The course will be held in the Classroom at Barnesville Hospital. For registration or additional information, call 425-5158.
  • Now is the Time – The Campaign for the New Emergency Department and Urgent Care/Fast Track is underway. The Emergency Department renovation and expansion project will provide private treatment rooms, a private waiting area, and improved triage capabilities. Your support will ensure high quality medical emergency health services are available for all area residents. For information on how to support the Now is the Time Campaign or to arrange a tour of the new facility contact Jan Chambers, Barnesville Hospital Foundation at 740-425-5789.

Barnesville Hospital is the only 24-hour critical access hospital serving Monroe county, western Belmont county, and parts of Noble, Harrison, and Guernsey counties. For more information on Barnesville Hospital and the services provided, visit the hospital’s website at Barnesville Hospital, find us on Facebook, or call Peggy Douglass, M.S., R.N.C., Director of Education & Outreach at (740) 425-5158.

Barnesville Hospital Puts the Spotlight on People During National Hospital Week

A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal. It is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. That is the message being conveyed by the 2014 National Hospital week theme, “Compassion, Innovation, Dedication: The Commitment Continues,” as well as the philosophy of Barnesville Hospital since its’ incorporation May 15, 1940. Barnesville Hospital has not only been providing treatment and comfort to the sick, but has played a central role in maintaining a healthy and optimistic community. According to David Phillips, CEO, “This year’s theme for National Hospital Week epitomizes Barnesville Hospital. For over 70 years, our staff have displayed a compassion and dedication rarely matched in health care. Innovation could be used to describe changes at the Hospital over the decades but more appropriately applied to the changes coming soon. The Hospital is preparing to embark on an emergency department expansion project that will serve the community for years to come.”

While maintaining the same ideals and values of “providing quality care to the community” that were responsible for the hospital’s creation in 1940, Barnesville Hospital continues as a source of quality health care to residents of Barnesville and the surrounding areas in western Belmont County, Monroe, Guernsey, Noble, and Harrison counties. A medical staff of more than 50 physicians, representing 20 specialties, and almost 300 personnel provide 24-hour emergency services along with inpatient care, skilled care, and observation services. In addition, Barnesville Hospital offers a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services, including: cardiac diagnostic testing, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, mammography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nutrition and medication counseling, pulmonary function testing, occupational, speech, and physical therapy, electroencephalogram (EEG), electroymyelogram (EMG), Holter cardiac monitoring, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, and sleep care.

Approximately 50,000 inpatient and outpatient visits annually are coordinated through a formal and comprehensive Care Management program. A clinical affiliation with Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University has evolved into a regional network of providers, making referrals through the Ohio State Health Network an enhancement of services and continuity of care.

Excellent health care starts with excellent people. Staff at Barnesville Hospital continuously displays the attributes of CARE – Courtesy, Attitude, Respect, and Enthusiasm. The 31st Annual Employee Service Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday, May 13th to honor the men and women who demonstrate these human qualities which keep Barnesville Hospital at the forefront of health care in the Ohio Valley. Staff annually selects twelve C.A.R.E.givers. The highlight of the evening will be one of these selections being named “C.A.R.E.giver of the Year.”

According to Peggy Douglass, Director of Education & Outreach, “National Hospital Week is about our staff. Change is inevitable but our goals and our mission are constant – a model of excellence in rural healthcare and a vital center of community health activities throughout southeastern Ohio. Our staff want the very best for our patients and that’s what they bring to the hospital every day of the year.”

Public activities planned throughout the celebration will include:

  • Barnesville Chamber of Commerce Meeting – To express gratitude for the support provided to the hospital by local organizations, Barnesville Hospital will host the monthly meeting of the Barnesville Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, May 14th, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
  • Adult Heartsaver CPR -This program will be offered Wednesday, May 14th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Being prepared and knowing what to do in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest could help save the life of someone you love. There will be no charge for the CPR course; however, to provide individualized instruction, class size is limited and pre-registration is required. The course will be held in the Classroom at Barnesville Hospital. For registration or additional information, call 425-5158.
  • “Health Care Choices Remote” – The WBNV Remote Team will be broadcasting live on Thursday, May 15th promoting local health care services. Tune in to 93.5-FM from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to become better informed about the upcoming Barnesville Hospital Emergency Department Expansion and the community’s role in its success, as well as services provided at Barnesville Hospital.
  • A Change in the Health Insurance Landscape – Barnesville Hospital will provided educational sessions on health insurance and the new Affordable Care Act on Thursday, May 15th, at 2:00 p.m. and repeated at 6:00 p.m. in the Hospital Classroom. Local Certified Application Counselors from Ohio Hills Health Services, Lana Phillips, Sandra Leasure, and Brandy Stephens, will present information on their roles as Certified Application Counselors, the Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Marketplace and Ohio’s Expanded Medicaid Programs. The goal is to provide individualized assistance, as much as possible.

For more information on Barnesville Hospital and the services provided, visit the hospital’s website at Barnesville Hospital, find us on Facebook, or call Peggy Douglass, M.S., R.N.C., Director of Education & Outreach at (740) 425-5158.

Barnesville Hospital Celebrates National Hospital Week

Accidents happen. Illnesses occur. Skilled nursing care and rehabilitation are needed. As they happen, theres one place you can rely on in good times and bad Barnesville Hospital. Barnesville Hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to providing care and compassion to the dying and their families, Barnesville Hospital is focused on its mission of improving the communitys health.

Barnesville Hospital joins in the nation’s most traditional health care event uniting nearly 6,000 hospitals, over five million health care workers, and communities across the country during its May 12-18, 2013 celebration of National Hospital Week. According to Peggy Douglass, R.N., Director of Education & Outreach, Barnesville Hospital epitomizes this years theme, A Guiding Light for Changing Times. With its outstanding staff, state-of-the-art equipment, and advanced technology, Barnesville Hospital has evolved into an award winning facility, having been named a HealthStrong Award recipient for the second consecutive year.

National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people, Dave Phillips, CEO of Barnesville Hospital, said. Were extremely proud of each member of our staff and we recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to our patients and our communities.

The nations largest health care event, National Hospital Week dates back to 1921 when it was suggested by a magazine editor who hoped a community wide celebration would alleviate public fears about hospitals. The celebration, launched in Chicago, succeeded in promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.

Be part of the many great things happening at Barnesville Hospital during National Hospital Week. Community and hospital activities planned for 2013 include:

  • Perry in the Morning – The WBNV morning show will broadcast live from Barnesville Hospital on Monday, May 13th from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Tune in to 93.5-FM to become better informed about services available at Barnesville Hospital.
  • Adult Heartsaver CPR -This program will be offered Tuesday, May 14th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Being prepared and knowing what to do in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest could help save the life of someone you love. There will be no charge for the CPR course; however, to provide individualized instruction, class size is limited and pre-registration is required. The course will be held in the Classroom at Barnesville Hospital. For registration or additional information, call 425-5158.

In addition to community events, hospital employees will be honored at the 30th Annual Employee Service Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 15th. Beth Brill, Director of Human Resources at Barnesville Hospital states, All employees demonstrate the attributes of CARE, Courtesy, Attitude, Respect, Enthusiasm. Throughout the year, staff selects a Caregiver of the Month. The highlight of the evening is when one of these selections is named Caregiver of the Year. A variety of other activities are planned during the week as an expression of gratitude to the employees for their service to Barnesville Hospital and the community.

For more information, call Peggy Douglass at (740) 425-5158.

Barnesville Hospital Celebrates “National Hospital Week”

Barnesville Hospital unites with other hospitals across the United States for one week in May to celebrate the efforts of more than 4.5 million healthcare workers who work in Americas hospitals bringing care, compassion, and healing to members of their communities. National Hospital Week, May 6-12, 2012, is acknowledged as the countrys largest healthcare recognition program. According to Peggy Douglass, R.N., Director of Education & Outreach, Barnesville Hospital will use this years hospital week theme, Making Miracles Happen, to spotlight its more than 300 employees.

Health care has a personal and very powerful role in the lives of every member of our community, Richard Doan, CEO of Barnesville Hospital, said. National Hospital Week gives us an opportunity to connect with people in the community and celebrate health care in the area. Barnesville Hospital takes this opportunity every year during National Hospital Week to honor and recognize the dedicated professional staff who embody quality caring.

A full slate of community activities is planned for 2012, including:

  • Perry In the Morning – The WBNV morning show will broadcast live from Barnesville Hospital on Monday, May 7th from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Tune in to 93.5-FM to become better informed about services available at Barnesville Hospital. Ron Bischof, Mayor of Barnesville, will be a guest on the broadcast at 8:00 a.m.
  • Adult CPR – This program will be offered Tuesday, May 8th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Being prepared and knowing what to do in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest could help save the life of someone you love. There will be no charge for the CPR course; however, to provide individualized instruction, class size is limited and pre-registration is required. The course will be held in the Classroom at Barnesville Hospital. For registration or additional information, call 425-5158.
  • Barnesville Chamber of Commerce Meeting – To express gratitude for the support provided to the hospital by local organizations, Barnesville Hospital will host the monthly meeting of the Barnesville Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, May 9th, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

In addition to community education events, hospital employees will be honored at the 29th Annual Employee Service Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 9th. Beth Brill, Director of Human Resources at Barnesville Hospital states, all employees demonstrate the attributes of CARE, Courtesy, Attitude, Respect, Enthusiasm. Throughout the year, staff select a Caregiver of the Month. The highlight of the evening is when one of these selections is named Caregiver of the Year. A variety of other activities, including an employee picnic, are planned during the week as an expression of gratitude to the employees for their service to Barnesville Hospital and the community.

According to David Phillips, Chief Operating Officer, It is our Quality Caring Staff who helped Barnesville Hospital earn recognition as a HealthStrong Award Winner. In the first comprehensive rating of Critical Access Hospitals, Barnesville Hospital was recognized by iVantage Health Analytics as one of the top one hundred Critical Access Hospitals in the nation. This tremendous honor is based on 56 performance indicators including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, and efficiency. For more information about Barnesville Hospital and its services, visit the Barnesville Hospital website, find us on Facebook at Barnesville Hospital Association, Inc., or call (740) 425-5158.