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Contest Benefits TCMH Hospice of Care

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Texas County Memorial Hospital Hospice of Care is the beneficiary of $323.78 following this year’s Christmas tree contest hosted by D & L Florist in Houston.

Shari McCallister, owner of D&L Florist, hosts the contest annually by decorating numerous trees in her shop with various themes for Christmas.  Visitors to the store are asked to vote on their favorite tree with money.  One penny counts for one vote, and all of the funds collected go to TCMH Hospice of Care.

“Voting for a tree has become a family tradition for many,” McCallister said, explaining that grandchildren are brought in by their grandparents, mothers and daughters and groups of friends come in together.

The majority of the funds collected are small change, but many people vote with paper money, too.

“There are quite a few one dollar bills, and some large bills, too,” McCallister said.

McCallister noted that the fundraising effort is a giving opportunity for many people that might not be asked to give to a local charity on a regular basis.

“The Hospice of Care team took care of my father, Doyle Sillyman, and it’s an honor to be able to give back to them through this contest each year,” McCallister said.

McCallister said the “red bird and burlap tree” was the winner of the 2016 contest, garnering the most votes.

The funds collected will go into the Hospice of Care Fund managed by the TCMH Healthcare Foundation.  The funds will be utilized locally to help provide end of life care for Hospice of Care patients and their families.

According to Jay Gentry, director of the TCMH Healthcare Foundation, the Christmas tree contest has raised $2,267 for Hospice of Care since the contest began in December 2007.

Shown here with the donation are (left to right), Courtney Owens, Hospice of Care director; Shari McCallister, D&L Florist owner, Sandy Eaton, Hospice nurse, and Jay Gentry, TCMH Healthcare Foundation director.

Shown here with the donation are (left to right), Courtney Owens, Hospice of Care director; Shari McCallister, D&L Florist owner, Sandy Eaton, Hospice nurse, and Jay Gentry, TCMH Healthcare Foundation director.


Kristy Weaver is Employee of the Month

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Texas County Memorial Hospital has named Kristy Weaver of Houston the December employee of the month.

Weaver is a technologist is the radiology department at TCMH, and she has worked in the department over 17 years.  Weaver was nominated for the award by her supervisor, Ann Hamilton, radiology department director.

“Kristy takes pride in her work and strives to complete the highest quality exams for each patient,” Hamilton said.  “She also contributes to creating a positive work atmosphere for everyone within the department.”

Weaver is cross-trained in multiple modalities within the radiology department, so she is able to work in several different areas of the department.  Weaver is known for volunteering to help out if staffing issues arise within the department.

“The customer service that Kristy consistently provides contributes to making the radiology department great,” Hamilton said.

As employee of the month, Weaver received a certificate honoring her achievement; a pin; a special parking place in the TCMH lot; one day of paid vacation; a $50 gift card, and gift certificates to Paws N Claws, D&L Florist; Blissful Nirvana Massage, Wher Motors, and Savor Grill.  A reception will be held at the hospital in honor of Weaver.

Weaver is eligible for the 2017 TCMH employee of the year award.

Kristy Weaver, right, with her supervisor, Ann Hamilton.

Kristy Weaver, right, with her supervisor, Ann Hamilton.


First Baby of the Year Arrives

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Hadley Rebecca

Hadley Rebecca

It’s a girl!

Hadley Rebecca Dillin took the honors as the first baby born at Texas County Memorial Hospital in 2017, arriving at 2:02 a.m. on Monday, January 2nd.

Baby Hadley is the first child of Sarah Dillin of Cabool.  Dr. Cory Offutt, physician at the TCMH Medical Complex in Houston, delivered baby Hadley, and she was six pounds, 14 ounces and 20 inches long.

Roma Hollenbeck and Julia Bryant, representatives of the TCMH Auxiliary,  and Wes Murray, TCMH chief executive officer, presented gifts and gift certificates to Hadley and her mother after her birth.  Businesses throughout the county donated the gifts to celebrate the arrival of the first child born at TCMH in 2017.

Sarah Dillin, seated, holds Hadley Rebecca Dillin, the first baby born at Texas County Memorial Hospital in 2017.  Presenting gifts to the Dillin family were (standing left to right) Roma Hollenbeck, TCMH Auxiliary; Wes Murray, TCMH CEO, and Julia Bryant, TCMH Auxiliary.

Sarah Dillin, seated, holds Hadley Rebecca Dillin, the first baby born at Texas County Memorial Hospital in 2017. Presenting gifts to the Dillin family were (standing left to right) Roma Hollenbeck, TCMH Auxiliary; Wes Murray, TCMH CEO, and Julia Bryant, TCMH Auxiliary.

 


Data Shows TCMH Patients Receive Healthcare at Much Lower Cost

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Texas County Memorial Hospital ranks below state and national averages in healthcare spending per Medicare beneficiary, hospital board members heard at their monthly meeting on Tuesday.

“Hospital ratings have once again been in the local news, and we compare very well with hospitals large and small,” Wes Murray, TCMH chief executive officer said, adding, “But the 2015 data for Medicare spending per beneficiary shows just how well we are spending the funds given to us for a patient’s healthcare in comparison to other hospitals.”

Amanda Turpin, quality management director at TCMH, presented the Medicare spending data from the Center for Medicare Services (CMS) 2015 calendar year compiled into a Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) report.

“This data is available publicly, and the MHA compiled it so Missouri hospitals could see areas where they could improve the cost of the care they provide,” Turpin said, explaining that CMS reimbursement is tied to the cost and efficiency of the care provided to Medicare patients.

The MHA data provides information showing the cost of healthcare for Medicare patients before admission to the hospital, during a hospital admission, and up to 30 days after admission.

Average spending one to three days prior to admission to TCMH is $508. It’s $774 on a state level and $707 on a national level.

Average spending during a hospital inpatient stay at TCMH is $6,222. The state average is $10,973, and it’s an average of $10,888 nationally.

One to 30 days after discharge, the average spent on a TCMH Medicare patient is $5,653. The state average is $8,305, and the national average is $8,902.

“We already know that our readmission rate is higher than the CMS goal for our hospital,” Turpin said, “But what’s really important here is that our spending on our patients is actually much lower than state and national averages.”

Turpin noted that many times Medicare patients at TCMH are facing multiple chronic conditions.

“We take care of a lot of patients that are at the end of their life, and they are so ill, they will be back in the hospital soon,” Turpin said.

Murray explained that the data is not risk-adjusted, so it doesn’t account for the higher acuity level of patients in rural Missouri.

“We are typically taking care of sicker patients, and we’re doing it much more efficiently than our hospital counterparts in Missouri and across the US,” Murray said.

Murray plans to share the data with federal legislators and specifically with 8th District Congressional Representative Jason Smith who is visiting the area later this week.

“We have been asked to provide input regarding reshaping the new healthcare plan, and it’s important that Representative Smith is aware of this information in his district,” Murray said.

“We are doing everything we can to manage our costs, but rural hospitals are at a disadvantage,” Murray said.

Murray explained that TCMH writes off 15 percent of gross revenue annually, while the average hospital in the US writes off only five percent of gross revenue annually.

“Some of our write offs could have been addressed by statewide Medicaid expansion,” Murray said, adding, “The majority of our payors are Medicare and Medicaid, and there’s still a gap in the payment for the coverage those patients receive at TCMH.”

Murray explained that currently the federal government puts a large focus on hospital readmissions without adjusting the data based on overall population health or location and the age of the patient.

“I would like to see the federal government focus on what’s really being spent to care for patients without penalizing us for taking care of more elderly patients,” Murray said.

Board members agreed that the data needed to be shared with federal and state legislators.

“Now is the time to really talk about all of this, while they are planning to make changes,” Omanez Fockler, TCMH board member, said.

On December 6th, TCMH staff met with two cardiologists, a clinical nurse, and a state surveyor to complete the hospital’s review for Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) certification as a “Level IV STEMI” hospital for their ability to respond to patients experiencing a ST segment elevation myocardial infarction or STEMI, commonly referred to as a heart attack.

“Our exit interview concluded with zero deficiencies identified, and the review team will submit a letter to the state asking them to give us Level IV STEMI designation,” Doretta Todd-Willis, TCMH chief nursing officer said.

TCMH was one of 58 hospitals in Missouri seeking STEMI designation in the first round of requests. The team reviewing the sites hopes to complete the first round of requests in 2017 and hand out official designations.

TCMH anticipates that the state will begin requiring emergency services personnel to take patients with heart attack-like symptoms to the closest STEMI designated hospital in late 2017.

“We are pleased to be in the first round of reviews for state STEMI designation, and our team has been working on receiving this designation since 2015,” Todd-Willis said.

Murray noted that an official from the state described the TCMH review as one that “set the bar for Level IV STEMI certification”.

“I can’t say enough about our team and the job they did to prepare for the site review,” Murray said.

TCMH received designation as a Level III Stroke Center from DHSS in March 2015. The Level IV STEMI designation is the second state designation sought by the hospital in the past few years.

Also at the December meeting, approval was given by the board members for the hospital’s 2017 capital and operating budgets.

Linda Pamperien, TCMH chief financial officer, presented the budget data for the upcoming year.

The $957,203 capital budget is a 32.3 percent increase from the 2016 capital budget. Since 2013, the capital budget has been in the $700,000 to $758,000 range, and this year’s capital budget has several large ticket items.

CMS has mandated wireless computed radiography in 2017, and TCMH will spend $158,000 for the hardware and software to fulfill that requirement. An additional $166,000 is budgeted for computer hardware and software upgrades in various departments in the hospital, upgrading electronic medical records in the clinic, and upgrading the hospital’s system-wide computer system.

Other larger items in the 2016 capital budget are a new ambulance for $120,500; a new chiller for the surgery/obstetrics/intensive care wing of the hospital for $80,000; one new intensive care unit bed totaling $25,000, and a new gastroscope for $36,480.

TCMH is using a variety of funding sources to complete the interior of the planned surgery department, and $110,000 is included in the 2016 capital budget to go toward the infill.

Board members also approved the 2016 operating budget of $31,666,160 that projects excess revenue over expenses of $170,427.

“We have had additional, unanticipated expenses with the addition of new physicians this year,” Pamperien said, referring to the addition of Juan Mella, MD and Jennifer Groner, DO to the TCMH Medical Staff.

“There are always some additional costs when a new physician is getting started, but we’re going into 2017 knowing that we have these new physicians contributing to our bottom line,” Pamperien said.

The 2017 operating budget anticipates a 7.1 percent increase in inpatient revenue, a 10.7 percent increase in outpatient revenue, an 8.3 percent increase in emergency department revenue and a five percent increase in swing bed revenue.
Pamperien explained that a hospital employed primary care physician usually generates about $4.5 million in gross revenue annually for the hospital through hospital inpatient and outpatient services.

“In 2016 we met and exceeded our budgeted outpatient and emergency department revenues, but our inpatient revenue numbers were lower than anticipated,” Pamperien explained.

Pamperien does not anticipate the “contractual adjustment”—the difference between the hospital charge and the portion of the charge covered by insurance—to change greatly in 2017. The contractual adjustment for 2017 is anticipated to be 61.9 in the operating budget.

Two full-time positions are budgeted additions to two departments in 2017. The budget also includes operating the Sleep Studies Laboratory seven days a week, up from five days a week; continuing operations of the chronic condition home care program, and operating the pulmonary rehabilitation clinic all year long.

“Again, we are budgeting to ‘break even’ in 2017,” Pamperien said, adding “But we are more fortunate than many other facilities. Our accounts receivable and cash flow are very good.”
In the monthly financial report Pamperien reported a negative bottom line in November of $188,289.98 for a negative year-to-date balance of $1,221,035.41.

Present at the meeting were Murray; Turpin; Todd-Willis; Pamperien; Joleen Senter Durham, director of public relations; Dr. Jonathan Beers, chief of staff, and board members, Fockler; Janet Wiseman, and Mark Hampton.

Board members, Dr. Jim Perry, DO and Russell Gaither were not present at the meeting.

The next meeting of the TCMH board of trustees is Tue., Jan. 24th at 12 p.m. in the hospital board room.


A Celebration and Fun at TCMH–Christmas 2016

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Grap a cup of hot chocolate, kick back in your recliner, enjoy A Christmas Story…TCMH-style. Special thanks to Dr. Wright, Dr. Hawkins, Dr. Milholen, Holly Atterberry and especially to Dr. Beers for sharing this wonderful Christmas tale.

A Christmas Story–TCMH Style

The TCMH OB providers are so excited about the great things happening for moms and babies at the hospital that they got together recently and did a little rockin’ around the old Christmas tree.

TCMH OB Providers are Rockin’

At TCMH we have the best mid-level providers. They are hard working, and they work well together. Check out the teamwork between Ray BrunoTerry Bruno Whitney Young, Sara Openshaw and Sheena Painter in this little winter adventure.

It’s a Snowmonster. RUN!

Here’s a look back on another great year at TCMH.  Thanks for the smiles and the memories!  December 2015-November 2016

Celebration in Pictures at TCMH

 


TCMH Holds 33rd Annual Employee Celebration

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Texas County Memorial Hospital gave out top employee awards and honored 38 employees with service awards at the Thirty-Third Annual Celebration of TCMH Employees on Friday at Faith Fellowship Church in Houston.  In attendance were approximately 100 employees, many with guests, for a total attendance of about 200 people.

Ellen Willis, Texas County Memorial Hospital physical therapy department director, received the Manager of the Year honor at TCMH for 2016.  Shown here left to right, Linda Pamperien, chief financial officer, Willis, Doretta Todd-Willis, chief nursing officer, and (back) Wes Murray, chief executive officer.

Ellen Willis, Texas County Memorial Hospital physical therapy department director, received the Manager of the Year honor at TCMH for 2016. Shown here left to right, Linda Pamperien, chief financial officer, Willis, Doretta Todd-Willis, chief nursing officer, and (back) Wes Murray, chief executive officer.

Ellen Willis of Summersville took top honors as manager of the year at TCMH for 2016.

Willis, an employee at TCMH since 2001, is a physical therapist and director of the TCMH physical therapy department.

“Ellen has taken initiative to take on additional duties and pursued additional training to bring new services to her department,” Linda Pamperien, chief financial officer at TCMH, said, explaining that Willis took on oversight of physical therapy services for Home Health of the Ozarks shortly after taking over as director of the PT department.

“When I asked Ellen about working with Home Health, she said, ‘We’ll make that work.’ And it has been very successful,” Pamperien said.

Willis has also pursued board certification in wound therapy and certification in LSVT BIG for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

“Ellen is always looking for ways to better herself,” Pamperien said.  “She’s a terrific asset for our hospital.”

Willis joined the TCMH physical therapy department in 2001, and she took over leadership of the department in 2012.

“Ellen exhibits the leadership qualities that meet our expectations for the department and the hospital,” Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH said.

Murray noted that Willis takes call for physical therapy and wound therapy patients at the hospital, and she’s “always willing to work with everyone as a team player”.

Willis works closely with members of the TCMH medical staff for inpatients and outpatients.

“Ellen has the respect of all of our physicians,” Pamperien said.

Brooke Whitaker, a registered nurse in the Texas County Memorial Hospital emergency department, received the Employee of the Year honor at TCMH for 2016.  Shown here are Linda Pamperien, chief financial officer, Doretta Todd-Willis chief nursing officer, Whitaker, Wes Murray, chief executive officer, and Jerri Sue Crump, emergency department nurse manager.

Brooke Whitaker, a registered nurse in the Texas County Memorial Hospital emergency department, received the Employee of the Year honor at TCMH for 2016. Shown here are Linda Pamperien, chief financial officer, Doretta Todd-Willis chief nursing officer, Whitaker, Wes Murray, chief executive officer, and Jerri Sue Crump, emergency department nurse manager.

Brooke Whitaker of Licking received the employee of the year honor.

Employee of the year is limited to the individuals who have received the honor of employee of the month since the 2015 employee awards ceremony.  All employees are allowed to vote for employee of the year by choosing one employee of the month in a secret ballot vote.

Whitaker is a registered nurse in the emergency department at TCMH, and she has worked at the hospital since 2014.  Whitaker won employee of the month honors at TCMH in August.  Doctors, nurses, patients, visitors and other departmental staff members all interact with Whitaker as a nurse in the emergency department.

“Brooke is positive and energetic, and she takes initiative when she’s working,” Doretta Todd-Willis, TCMH chief nursing officer, said.

Murray noted that Whitaker has the respect of the TCMH emergency room physicians.

“Brooke is known for having a sound knowledge base,” Murray said.  “She has a gift for balancing patient care with handling patients and their families and the many different situations that are presented in the ER.”

“Brooke is a ‘go-to’ employee, and her future in healthcare is bright,” Jerri Sue Crump, emergency department nurse manager said.

The managers of the year and the employee of the year were honored with an engraved plaque, $500 cash, a pin and a day of paid time off.

The TCMH Customer Quality Team honored two employees that exemplified excellent customer service in the hospital organization in 2016.   Tamma Floyd, a technician at TCMH Hutcheson Pharmacy, and Frank Steelman, a paramedic in the emergency medical services department, were chosen to receive the honor.

Tamma Floyd of Hutcheson Pharmacy and Frank Steelman of Emergency Medical Services won the top customer service awards given to employees at Texas County Memorial Hospital in 2016.

Tamma Floyd of Hutcheson Pharmacy and Frank Steelman of Emergency Medical Services won the top customer service awards given to employees at Texas County Memorial Hospital in 2016.

Floyd and Steelman were each awarded a plaque for their efforts and given a cash award.

The Customer Quality Team also recognized two departments with a “Customer Service Department of the Year” award.  TCMH Home Health of the Ozarks and Plant Operations received the honors.

Home Health of the Ozarks staff has consistently received “four out of five star” ratings and are “above average” in the scored areas on their patient satisfaction surveys in 2016.  They have been in the 90th percentile of “recommended home health agencies” for six months in a row.

The plant operations department is known for consistently providing excellent customer service to all departments within the hospital.  The department has also taken on several large in-house renovation projects in 2016 in addition to handling routine duties of the department.

Plant Operations and Home Health of the Ozarks won the customer service departments of the year award at Texas County Memorial Hospital.  Members of both departments are here accepting the award.

Plant Operations and Home Health of the Ozarks won the customer service departments of the year award at Texas County Memorial Hospital. Members of both departments are here accepting the award.

Both departments will receive a special meal in their honor.

Murray and Dr. Jim Perry, OD, chairperson of the TCMH board of trustees, and board member, Omanez Fockler recognized employees with service awards.

Linda Sullins was recognized for 40 years of service.

Terri Bailey was recognized for 35 years of service.

Nancy Branson and Kim Jordan were recognized for 30 years of service.

Kelly Bell, Kathy Carr, Angie Gimpel, and Carol Turner were recognized for 25 years of service.

Brenda Barton, Yvonne Cope, Andree Havens, and Linda Pamperien were recognized for 20 years of service.

Recognized for 15 years of service were: Hope Best, Lisa Merritt, Patty Norris, Frank Steelman, Vicky Tidwell, and Ellen Willis.

Recognized for 10 years of service were: Becky Brawley, Krista Elliott, Crystal Finley, Geoff Hall, Nancy Hayes, Colleen Lebel, and Steve Mitchell.

Recognized for 5 years of service were:  Mary Barnes, Ashley Carr, Shelby Ellison, Paul Fockler, Jonathon Gibby, Sharon Gliem, Chastidy Graen, Rick Hardwick, Tommi Hogan, Malina Jordan, Lance King, Christa Mitchell, and Janell Postlewait.

TCMH also gave out prizes to hospital employees that had volunteered at hospital events throughout the year.


TCMH Plans for New Surgery Center and New Physicians

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The new TCMH surgery department will be located between the Jayson Gentry Community Safe Room and the East Wing of the hospital, on the South side of the hospital campus.  The two center windows shown here are part of the hallway outside the new department, connecting the Safe Room and Surgery to original hospital building.

The new TCMH surgery department will be located between the Jayson Gentry Community Safe Room and the East Wing of the hospital, on the South side of the hospital campus. The two center windows shown here are part of the hallway outside the new department, connecting the Safe Room and Surgery to original hospital building.

Texas County Memorial Hospital board members unanimously agreed to approve a resolution accepting a $150,000 Delta Region Authority grant at their monthly meeting on Tuesday.

The grant funds are designated for the planned 6,000 square foot surgery center, and with the funds, TCMH will be able to complete infill for the planned surgery department.

“This grant couldn’t have come at a better time,” Wes Murray, TCMH chief executive officer, said.  TCMH recently signed Dr. Jason and Dr. Teresa Loden to full-time jobs at TCMH.  Dr. Jason Loden is a general surgeon, and he will arrive at TCMH in the summer of 2018.

TCMH anticipates an 18 month turnaround time on the surgery project, to be completed by the summer of 2018.

The department shell is already built and in place, located between the Jayson Gentry Community Safe Room and the East Wing of the hospital.  When the hospital built the safe room, they included space between the safe room and hospital to build a new surgery department.

“Our plant operations crew will build out the department according to the plans that we already have drawn up,” Murray said.

Several years ago, TCMH began working toward building or renovating all patient care areas in the hospital.  The final phases of the plan include building a new surgery department, and relocating and enlarging the obstetrics department in the old surgery space and relocating and enlarging the intensive care unit in the old obstetrics space.

The new surgery department is designed to house two operating rooms, an endoscopy suite, and seven private rooms for pre-surgical prep and post-surgery recovery.

The anticipated cost to complete construction on the surgery department is $990,500.  In addition to the $150,000 federal grant, TCMH will utilize funds raised during the “Care for Your Future” capital campaign and tax credits.

TCMH requested $200,000 from the Delta Region Authority for the project, so the project is still $50,000 short.

“We will continue to work toward raising funds for the surgery department and other future capital and construction needs at TCMH,” Murray said.

The TCMH Healthcare Foundation currently has a brick paver project underway that will raise additional funds and create an engraved brick paver area at the front entrance of the hospital.  The brick paver funds could be utilized to continue capital projects at the hospital.

Murray told board members that the new surgery department was a key factor to recruiting Dr. Jason Loden to work at TCMH when he completes his residency in 2018.

“Dr. Loden and I have talked about the things he can concentrate on in his final months of residency to best meet the surgical needs of the patients in our area,” Murray said.  “Dr. Loden also has a lot of interest in providing wound care and offering additional services for area patients with wound care needs.”

Murray noted that Dr. Teresa Loden, a pediatrician, was welcomed by all members of the TCMH staff when she recently visited the hospital and met with hospital staff.

“In the past, our family medicine physicians have provided care for pediatric patients, and they expressed to Dr. Loden the need for additional specialized pediatric care for area pediatric patients,” Murray said.

Physicians in the emergency department at TCMH were especially vocal to Murray about the need for a local pediatrician.

“Our ER physicians have found it very difficult to get follow up care with a pediatrician for young patients that receive initial treatment in the ER,” Murray said.

Murray explained that with the recruiting of Dr. Jason and Dr. Teresa Loden the hospital’s current physician recruiting needs are filled.

Dr. Cory Offutt began working at the TCMH Medical Complex in Houston in July.  Dr. Jennifer Groner began working full-time at the TCMH Mountain Grove Clinic in November.  Offutt and Groner are board certified family medicine and obstetrics physicians.

“Dr. Groner just completed her first week of work at TCMH,” Murray said.

Murray explained that for Groner the traditional family medicine practice is “somewhat different” than the academic setting where she has worked for the past six years.

“We’re very glad to have a full-time physician at the clinic in Mountain Grove, and we believe that practice will continue to grow with Dr. Groner at the helm,” Murray said.

The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic began working with patients this week.  The clinic is located at the end of the hospital’s East wing where four patient rooms were renovated to house the program.

TCMH recently received a $357,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) to fund a three-year outpatient cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program.  Patients will qualify for the multi-disciplinary program following testing for lung disease.  The 12-week program will help patients improve lung function and activities of daily living.

Funds from the grant are utilized to employ a part-time secretary for the program and a full-time respiratory therapist.  Kathy Carr, cardiac rehabilitation nurse at TCMH, is also working with the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation patients. Dr. Juan Mella, pulmonologist at TCMH, will oversee the program and the patients in the program.

“Dr. Mella has already referred 22 patients to the program, and nine additional referrals have been made by other physicians to the program,” Murray reported.

TCMH has a goal of averaging four new patients each week for the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program.

Murray reported that patient referrals to the Sleep Study Laboratory are also growing.  In August the laboratory added new sleep study technology and increased availability for the lab.

“We are averaging 29 patients a month and growing,” Murray said.  Prior to Mella joining the TCMH medical staff, the Sleep Studies Laboratory averaged 10 patients a month.

“The addition of Dr. Mella’s specialized pulmonology and sleep services are working the way they are supposed to,” Murray said.  “Dr. Mella has had patients follow him from his previous practice, and he’s receiving new referrals of patients from our medical staff.”

Anita Kuhn, controller at TCMH, presented the financial statement for the month of October.

Inpatient volumes were down $322,612 from budgeted expectations, but outpatient volumes were up $354,744 from budgeted expectations.  TCMH ended the month of October with a negative bottom line of $46,999.66 and a year to date negative balance of $1,032,745.43.

According to Kuhn, the TCMH is down 83 admissions for the year in comparison to last year.  Swing bed utilization was moderate with eight admissions in October.

Present at the meeting were: Murray; Kuhn; Doretta Todd-Willis, TCMH chief nursing officer; Amanda Turpin, quality management director; Joleen Senter Durham, director of public relations; Ron Prenger, Cox Health representative, and board members Dr. Jim Perry, DO; Janet Wiseman; Omanez Fockler, and Mark Hampton.

TCMH board member, Russell Gaither, was not present at the meeting.

Due to the Christmas holiday, the next meeting of the TCMH board of trustees is Tue., Dec. 20th at 12 p.m. in the TCMH board room.


Two Physicians Sign Four-Year Contracts with TCMH

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Dr. Jason and Dr. Teresa Loden have signed contracts to work full-time at TCMH.  Teresa Loden (far left) is a pediatrician, and Jason Loden (far right) is a general surgeon.  They are shown here with Wes Murray, CEO at TCMH.  The couple is holding their daughters—Gabriella, a newborn, and Elliana, age 2.  Both doctors will join the hospital in 2018.

Dr. Jason and Dr. Teresa Loden have signed contracts to work full-time at TCMH. Teresa Loden (far left) is a pediatrician, and Jason Loden (far right) is a general surgeon. They are shown here with Wes Murray, CEO at TCMH. The couple is holding their daughters—Gabriella, a newborn, and Elliana, age 2. Both doctors will join the hospital in 2018.

Texas County Memorial Hospital has filled two primary care positions by signing Jason Loden, DO and Teresa Loden, DO, a husband and wife duo to four-year employment contracts.

Jason Loden is a general surgeon, and Teresa Loden is a pediatrician.

Jason Loden will work full-time in the surgery department and Outpatient Surgery Clinic at TCMH. Teresa Loden will work full-time at the TCMH Medical Complex in Houston. Both doctors will provide inpatient care, too.

Currently Jason Loden is in residency at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, NE. He will complete his general surgery residency in June 2018.

Teresa Loden is a full-time pediatrician at One World Community Health Center, a federally-qualified community health center serving a predominantly Spanish-speaking population and uninsured patient base in the Omaha area.

The Loden’s grew up in Missouri–Jason in Joplin and Teresa in Swiss. They met in college at Avila University in Kansas City where they were both biology majors. They also attended medical school at AT Still University in Kirksville, MO.

After medical school, the Loden’s did residency in Omaha at Creighton University. Teresa Loden completed her pediatric residency this summer. Jason Loden’s residency is five years in length, ending in 2018.

Teresa Loden is currently fulfilling a requirement by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) to work in a clinic with a medically underserved population in exchange for student loan forgiveness. Teresa Loden will fulfill the last two years of her NHSC requirement at the TCMH Medical Complex.

Last year TCMH began looking for an additional full-time general surgeon to work alongside general surgeon, Linda Milholen, MD.

The hospital contacted Jason Loden about a full-time position at TCMH, and he asked the hospital about also recruiting his wife to do pediatrics in Texas County.

“After Jason asked us about recruiting his wife, we asked our medical staff if they felt there was a need for a full-time physician specializing in pediatrics,” Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH, said.

Murray noted that TCMH has not focused on recruiting a pediatrician in the past due to more pressing needs for physicians providing care for all ages.

“Not only was all of our medical staff very much in favor of bringing a pediatrician on board, our employees spoke up in favor of adding a pediatrician to our ranks,” Murray said.

With the addition of the Loden’s TCMH currently has their physician recruiting needs filled.

“Dr. Jason Loden will help us break in our new surgery department, and provide an additional foundation for growing our surgical services in the future,” Murray said. He added, “Dr. Teresa Loden will help us fulfill our mission as a hospital; a pediatrician will provide more specialized care for area children.”

TCMH is in the process of building a new surgery department with two operating rooms, an endoscopy suite, and private recovery rooms. When the current surgery department relocates, the hospital hopes to move obstetrics to surgery and the intensive care unit to obstetrics, creating larger patient care spaces for all the departments.

“Our hospital’s success is dependent upon a strong medical staff providing a variety of services to the communities we serve. We need our area residents to choose local healthcare providers whenever possible to help us continue to grow and to retain our physicians and primary care services,” Murray said.

Murray called Dr. Jason and Dr. Teresa Loden “a great addition” to the hospital’s medical staff.

“The future of healthcare in Texas County is very bright,” Murray said.

The Loden’s have two daughters–Elliana is two years old and Gabriella is a newborn. The Loden’s sought an opportunity in a smaller town in Missouri that was near family and where they could both practice medicine. They hope to do some farming and enjoy outdoor activities when they relocate to Texas County in 2018.


Chili Cook Off Raises $47,862 for Hospice of Care

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“Deductive Seasoning”, the Sherlock Holmes-themed team sponsored by the Houston Walmart Supercenter won the top prize of the cook off for raising the most funds for Hospice of Care--$6938.98.

“Deductive Seasoning”, the Sherlock Holmes-themed team sponsored by the Houston Walmart Supercenter won the top prize of the cook off for raising the most funds for Hospice of Care–$6938.98.

The Houston Walmart Supercenter came away as the big winner at the Tenth Annual Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation Chili Cook Off in Houston on November 5th.  “Deductive Seasoning”, the Sherlock Holmes-themed team from Walmart, raised $6,938.98 to benefit TCMH Hospice of Care.

The team from the Houston Walmart Supercenter was one of 14 different teams that cooked chili and competed for prizes in six different categories.  This year’s team fundraising effort totaled $24,897.43, which represented over half of the $47,862 raised overall through sponsorships, admission, and auctions at the event.

All of the funds raised at the Foundation event benefit TCMH Hospice of Care which provides end of life and grief support care for patients and their families in Texas County and the surrounding area.

Each five member cook off team adopted a theme, a team name, and set about raising funds for their team earlier in the year through “casual days” at work, yard sales, raffles, bake sales and other means.

The Houston Walmart Supercenter had 82 associates that volunteered to walk over 500 hours in their free time, earning the team a $5,000 donation from the Walmart Corporation which they used to benefit Hospice of Care and to boost their team fundraising efforts.

“This event would not be possible without the incredible effort of the chili cook off teams,” Jay Gentry, TCMH Healthcare Foundation director, said.

Also receiving top prizes for fundraising efforts were “Glory Bowl”, the TCMH emergency medical services team, which raised $3,907.25 to receive second place in the team fundraising category.

“Team Jayson” sponsored by Peoples Community Bank in Cabool cooked and served chili out of a giant balloon helmet. They won third place for team fundraising at the event.

“Team Jayson” sponsored by Peoples Community Bank in Cabool cooked and served chili out of a giant balloon helmet. They won third place for team fundraising at the event.

“Team Jayson”, a Cabool-based team in memory of Jayson Gentry, raised $3,338.27 for the third place prize.

About 300 people were in attendance at the event at the Texas County Fairgrounds and Community Building.  Deep Fried Squirrel, a Rogersville, MO-based bluegrass band, played throughout the day.  Twenty-one different chili recipes were available for those in attendance to sample and to enjoy all day long, too.

Chili styles ranged from spicy to white, some chili recipes were made with beans and some without beans, and there was chili made with shrimp and chili with corn.

Three chili judges representing sponsors and supporters of the event were Earleen Holder from Progressive Ozark Bank in Houston; Shari McCallister from D&L Florist in Houston, and Dr. Cory Offutt, from TCMH.  Prizes were given to the chili teams who were competing in several different categories.

“Judges Choice” and first place went to “Under the Sea-Mermaid Couture”, the TCMH obstetrics department which made a chili featuring shrimp.  The judges awarded second place to “The Mad Hatter’s Chili Party”, Security Bank of the Ozarks, which made a traditional red chili.  Third place went to “Happy Feet”, the Raymondville United Methodist Church which made Dutch oven style chili.

Under the Sea-Mermaid Couture was the theme of the TCMH Obstetrics department.  The team won “Judges’ Choice” for best chili and also won awards for the “Best Decorated Booth”, “People’s Choice” and “TCMH Choice”.

Under the Sea-Mermaid Couture was the theme of the TCMH Obstetrics department. The team won “Judges’ Choice” for best chili and also won awards for the “Best Decorated Booth”, “People’s Choice” and “TCMH Choice”.

Seven teams made an additional chili style to enter into the “spicy” category. Winning the “Spiciest Chili” award was the “Grid Iron Gang”, the TCMH medical surgical department.

The cook off teams set up booths according to their team theme on Friday and Saturday morning of the event.  All teams had a team name and a theme, and the judges awarded prizes to the best decorated booths and booth themes.

Houston R-1 School had a Lego-themed booth for “Building Tomorrow’s Leaders”.  “Team Jayson” wore matching football jerseys and had a giant helmet made out of balloons from which they served chili.  “FBLA Cowboys and Chili” was a wild West-themed booth by the Houston FLBA.

First place in the booth decorating category was “Under the Sea-Mermaid Couture”, a booth laden with fish, octopi and jellyfish.  The OB department nurses dressed as mermaids, and Dr. Christopher Baldwin of TCMH dressed as Poseidon, complete with golden triton.

Security Bank of the Ozarks sported Alice in Wonderland costumes and chili condiments that said “drink me” or “eat me”.  Their “Mad Hatter’s Chili Party” won second place in the booth decorating contest.

“Bonafide Chili” from the “Grid Iron Gang”, the TCMH  medical surgical department won for “Spiciest Chili” of 21 different chili recipes that were judged.  They also won awards for Best Decorated Booth and People’s Choice.

“Bonafide Chili” from the “Grid Iron Gang”, the TCMH medical surgical department won for “Spiciest Chili” of 21 different chili recipes that were judged. They also won awards for Best Decorated Booth and People’s Choice.

The TCMH medical surgical department’s “Grid Iron Gang” wore old-fashioned prison costumes, beards and overalls with an “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” theme to win the third prize for decorations.

Everyone in attendance was given a ballot to exercise their own vote for the “People’s Choice” in chili or chili cook off teams.  The “Under the Sea-Mermaid Couture” won first for people’s choice.  “Happy Feet” won second place in the people’s choice category.  The “Grid Iron Gang” came in third for people’s choice.

TCMH employees in attendance were given the opportunity to vote for the “TCMH Choice” among TCMH teams participating in the event.  “Under the Sea-Mermaid Couture” also won among TCMH employee voters.

Gentry noted that teams helped sell raffle tickets for a shotgun and a Kawasaki-brand utility vehicle that were raffled at the end of the event.

David Johnson of Sullivan won the UTV.  Pat Bryant of Mountain Grove won the shotgun.

As part of the day’s festivities, Gentry recognized Holder and Progressive Ozark Bank for sponsoring the Chili Cook Off since the event’s inception in 2006.  Holder has also worked as a judge at the competition for several years, too.

“Judging is always a challenge,” Holder said.  “There have been some interesting moments.”

Gentry presented Holder with a plaque in recognition of the bank’s support.

Carol Honeywell serves up chili from “Happy Feet” a cook off team sponsored by Raymondville United Methodist Church.

Carol Honeywell serves up chili from “Happy Feet” a cook off team sponsored by Raymondville United Methodist Church.

Russ Stigall, pastor of First Baptist Church in Houston, served as master of ceremonies for the event, handing out awards and making announcements throughout the day.

Dr. Jonathan Beers, medical director for TCMH Hospice of Care, praised the TCMH hospice team for providing services that rival hospice agencies in larger, metropolitan areas.

“Our hospice team is here to provide care for the whole family, and they do great work at easing a lot of pain and suffering,” Beers said.

Beers thanked everyone for their donations to the local hospice and encouraged them to continue to support the local charity.

Jake Scheets donated his time to auctioneer the live auction portion of the event.  Silent auctions also were available throughout the day.

After Saturday’s event, the cook off raised $36,060 in cash donations and $11,802 in in-kind donations.  All the proceeds raised by the Chili Cook Off support Hospice of Care and remain in Texas County to benefit area residents.

Donations came in the form of sponsorships by area businesses for chili teams, corporate and entertainment sponsorships, cash donations, and donations of items for the auctions.

The Healthcare Foundation has a designated “Hospice Fund” where the cook off funds and other donations to Hospice of Care are held.


April Crites is Employee of the Month

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Texas County Memorial Hospital has named April Crites of Bucyrus the October employee of the month.

Crites is a registered nurse in the medical surgical department, and she has worked at the hospital since 2012.  Crites was nominated for the award by her supervisor, John Sawyer, TCMH medical surgical director.

“April is a key component in what makes the med surg department at pleasant place to work,” Sawyer said.  “April is always quick to make her patients and co-workers smile with her quirky sense of humor.”

Sawyer noted that Crites willingly works in other hospital department when needed, she makes patient home visits, and she’s a preceptor and mentor to students and to new employees.

“April has a very genuine personality,” Sawyer said.

As employee of the month, Crites received a certificate honoring her achievement; a pin; a special parking place in the TCMH lot; one day of paid vacation; a $50 gift card, and gift certificates to Paws N Claws, D&L Florist; Blissful Nirvana Massage, Wher Motors, and TQ’s BBQ.  A reception will be held at the hospital in honor of Crites.

Crites is eligible for the 2016 TCMH employee of the year award.

TCMH October employee of the month, April Crites (left), and her supervisor, John Sawyer.

TCMH October employee of the month, April Crites (left), and her supervisor, John Sawyer.

 


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