If you’ve missed the latest Patient’s Voice video, “Who Inspires You?,” it’s worth the 15 minutes it takes to watch. The video was inspired by a letter that was sent in by the son of a former patient who wanted to express his appreciation for the care provided to his father by Joy Memmen. Joy then graciously mentioned two other staff and a physician. What happened next will surprise you …. Take a little break, and view the video here, read the newsletter and complete the evaluation. We value your thoughts!
Recently, the Oncology Department received a surprise donation from a member of our community, Brooke Schaefer. Brooke’s mother is a breast cancer survivor, and Brooke remembers her mother’s treatment process. She recently became a consultant for Thirty-One Gifts, a retail business that specializes in bags and purses. Brooke asked some of her clients to buy a bag and donate it back in the name of a cancer patient they knew. Then she used the commission from those sales to purchase items to put inside the bags. Altogether, she donated 14 colorful bags full of goodies for Oncology to pass out to patients currently undergoing treatment.
Each bag has a bright and beautiful design on the outside, and is filled with bootie socks, a fleece blanket, a blank notebook and pen, hand sanitizer, lip balm, tissues, and a small bag of candy and snacks. The bags also have handwritten tags on them, noting the name of the person who bought the bag. Some of the tags have messages of support, remembrance of a loved one or the success of a survivor.
Brooke says “I just wanted to make a gesture for people who are going through a rough time. I wanted to give them a little bit of comfort.” Thank you Brooke, and thanks to those clients who purchased a bag. Without a doubt, these wonderful gifts will be greatly appreciated by those who receive them.
Emergency rooms in any hospital are notorious for long waits, especially for patients with less critical issues.
When a patient arrives in the ED, they are triaged and assigned a number between 1 and 5, to indicate the severity of their issue. A level 1 is very critical and needs care right away, whereas a 5 is the lowest level of emergency, and can wait a little while.
Recently, the ED has noticed a significant increase in patient flow, so they decided to be proactive and find a way to reduce that traffic. They have adopted a program called Fast Track to decrease wait times for low acuity patients and increase patient satisfaction.
The Fast Track program has been officially in place for two weeks now. To get started, the ED spent a month observing peak traffic hours to determine when the most 4 and 5 level patients arrived. They found that most 4s and 5s showed up after schools let out, and offices closed. Next, the ED assigned a doctor and nurse team to treat only 4s and 5s. Their goal was to decrease patient wait times by half, from an average of 3 hours to 1.5 hours.
This program doesn’t change the triage process, or delay treatment for critical 1s and 2s. Instead, it streamlines treatment for all ED patients by reducing the number of people waiting for treatment. Fast Track programs have already been adopted by many hospitals nationwide.
So far Fast Track is working well, although on slow days, it’s difficult to keep a doctor and nurse busy with only a few 4s and 5s. However, Emergency Department Director Wendy Colon expects that as patient traffic increases, Fast Track will grow; eventually it will have its own dedicated staff and hours. “We hope this program will continue to decrease the length of time minor patients are in the ED, and increase their satisfaction with our service,” says Wendy.
An official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Platte Valley Medical Plaza in Fort Lupton will be held Thursday, March 19, at 11:00 a.m. The groundbreaking celebration marks the beginning of construction for Platte Valley Medical Center’s second off-site medical office building. The new Medical Plaza will be located in the northeast corner of the Safeway retail center parking lot at Highway 52 and Rollie Avenue. The project is scheduled for completion this fall.
“We know that close proximity to health care services is important for you, your family, and your business,” says Platte Valley Medical Center President and CEO John Hicks. “We are excited to bring new physicians and expanded access to quality medical services to our Fort Lupton community.”
The one-story, 9,750 square foot building, will bring the Ft. Lupton community new choices in doctors with the addition of two family medicine physicians from Eagle Ridge Medical, Occupational Medicine services, and Urgent Care. In addition, there will be approximately 5,000 square feet for lease to other similar medical businesses. Health Connect Properties, Inc. is the project manager and leasing agent for the remaining space and the architect is Studio D-H Architecture and the general contractor is BVB General Contractors of Brighton, CO.
To follow the project’s progress, “like” the hospital’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/plattevalleymedicalcenter, or visit pvmc.org/fortlupton. For leasing information, contact Deb Carlson of Health Connect Properties, Inc. at (303) 830-1444.
Shawn Wiant is a familiar face at Platte Valley Medical Center. In addition to serving on our board of directors for 16 years, Shawn has also volunteered at the 9Health Fair for 9 years.
Each year at the 9Health Fair, Shawn volunteers as a floating helper; he helps set up and tear down, and goes wherever help is needed. He sometimes runs errands like picking up the food Chick-fil-A donates to our volunteers.
Shawn feels the 9Health Fair is an essential resource for the community. “It gives people access to diagnostic information they wouldn’t otherwise get,” he says. “It has the potential to help people catch health problems before they get bigger.”
Shawn also enjoys the social aspect of volunteering. He looks forward to seeing volunteers, hospital staff and members of the community getting together at the fair. Some of the people he sees and greets are acquaintances he rarely gets to see outside of the 9Health Fair. Most of all, Shawn appreciates the time and effort so many people devote to making the 9Heath Fair at Platte Valley Medical Center a success. “It’s a testament to how dedicated these people are to improving the health of the community,” he says.
The 9Heath Fair at Platte Valley Medical Center is on April 18 from 7 a.m. to noon. Never been to one? Shawn would say; “What are you waiting for?”