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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.