McCOOK, Nebraska -- Community Hospital has achieved low infection rates, the board of directors was informed recently.
The board also heard a report on the upcoming An Evening for Hospice and Phase 2B building and remodeling progress at the meeting last week.
Sharon Conroy, RN, Community Hospital Infection Control nurse touted the low infection rates at Community Hospital. Directors heard the first- and second-quarter reports for January through June. In January and February, Community Hospital patients received no (0 percent) surgical site infections on orthopedic surgery patients. In March, the surgical site infection rate for orthopedic surgery patients was lower than 0.1 percent, far below the national infection rate of 2 percent.
During the second quarter, there were no (0 percent) surgical site infections for targeted surveillance of cholecystectomy/hernia/appendectomy surgical patients in April. In May, the surgical site infection rate was .01 percent, and in June, the surgical site infection rate was 1.0 percent.
In six months of monitoring, Community Hospital had only one Foley catheter associated infection.
The directors heard a report on the upcoming An Evening for Hospice event, which will be held Sunday, Nov. 18 at Community Hospital in the Prairie View Conference Rooms. The evening will close with a Celebration of Life lighting ceremony in the Healing Garden. The public can commemorate loved ones in memory of, or in honor of as part of the lighting ceremony by donating a gift of $10 for each person to be remembered.
The garden will remain lighted throughout the holiday season to symbolically remember those being honored. For forms and more information, contact the Community Hospital Health Foundation at 308-344-7222. Forms are due by November 10.
Work to remodel the former surgery area is going very well, but is about two weeks behind, according to Jim Ulrich, Community Hospital President and CEO. Much of the area is being dry walled at this time. New public bathrooms by the emergency department will be opened next week. The temporary walls by the emergency room desk will be moved from the east side of the hallway to the west side as remodeling begins in the emergency department and the chemotherapy area is expanded.
Phase 2B will add an additional draw room to the laboratory, a relocated office for the laboratory director, new public bathrooms, new respiratory therapy department, a new sleep center, physician and nurse anesthetist sleeping areas, expanded and remodeled radiology department and six chemo chairs added in an expanded and dedicated chemo area.
The 43rd annual meeting of the membership of the Community Hospital Association will be Tuesday, November 6 at 4 p.m. at Community Hospital.