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Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center launches program to engage nurses in leading efforts to improve quality

Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill is pleased to announce its selection and participation in the Aligning Forces for Quality Transforming Care at the Bedside (AF4Q TCAB). Bringing together hospital teams from across the state to lead improvements in the quality and safety of patient care, it is a part of an innovative nationwide program led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the health and health care of all Americans.

Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center StaffAF4Q TCAB is a new nurse-led hospital program that engaged frontline staff to work together to identify, pilot, test and adopt new practices over an 18-month period. Participating nurses will then share their successes and lessons learned with other hospitals across the country.

“As Wisconsin and the nation look at improving care, it is important that we provide local models of reforms that are good for everyone,” said Kris McGarigle, president, Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. “Our participation in this program shows that we are committed to being a leader in improving patient care and increasing efficiency to produce better outcomes.”

It’s all part of Aligning Forces for Quality, the Foundation’s signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, as well as reduce racial and ethnic disparities and provide models for national reform. The AF4Q TCAB program in Wisconsin is being led by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) and is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, through a grant to the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality.

“By participating in AF4Q TCAB, nurses at Ministry Good Samaritan will be on the frontlines, working together with others across Wisconsin to formulate innovations and improve the care they deliver,” said Jacquelyn Nefstead, RN, ONC, inpatient manager, Patient Care Services, Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. “This program will empower our staff to reduce adverse events … reduce harm from falls and implement evidence-based care.”

“The beauty of TCAB is that quality becomes practical in the hands of bedside nurses who are given the tools to conduct small tests of change, then adapt, adopt or abandon those tests until an innovation becomes a new way of doing things,” according to Judy Warmuth, RN, WHA vice president, workforce. The 18 TCAB hospital units participating in the project are also charged with spreading their improvement strategies to the entire hospital.

WHA’s TCAB Project Manager Stephanie Sobczak said, “We are looking forward to seeing what innovative approaches our teams come up with through the TCAB experience. This project will help Wisconsin, which is already known as a national leader in both patient safety and quality, attain an even higher standard of care.”

In Wisconsin, Aligning Forces for Quality is a joint project by the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, Wisconsin Hospital Association, and other organizations. Funded by RWJF, AF4Q and all of the regional TCAB efforts are coordinated by The Center for Health Care Quality at The George Washington University Medical Center School of Public Health and Health Services, which serves as the national program office for the Aligning Forces for Quality initiative. Local hospitals were recently asked to apply to participate in this hospital-based quality improvement component of the initiative.

A member of Ministry Health Care, Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center provides health care services to Merrill and the surrounding region and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. It is a 25-bed critical access hospital that offers a range of primary and specialty care services. Ministry Medical Group’s Primary Care Clinic located on the Fourth Floor of the Hospital opened in August 2010 to better serve the health care needs of the community. The mission of Ministry Health Care is to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor.

Patients rank therapy “excellent” at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital

No one wants to go through occupational and physical therapy, but when the need arises, it’s nice to know that Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point has an excellent program.

Ministry Saint Michael’s Departments of Occupational and Physical Therapy recently received the Outcomes Excellence Award from Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc (FOTO).

The FOTO Outcomes Excellence Award is given to organizations that exceed the national average for functional change over four consecutive quarters (one full year).

FOTO compiles data from 1,800 outpatient hospitals/clinics across the country to determine patient outcomes. Ministry Saint Michael’s is one of 180 clinics to receive the Outcomes Excellence Award putting their Occupational and Physical Therapy services in the Top 10 percent for positive patient functional outcomes in the country.

Data is collected through patient questionnaires. Patients are asked to numerically rank their functional level (including pain level, walking, sleeping, getting dressed, etc). As they go through treatment, patients are asked to complete updates on how much their function level increases.

Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital is located at 900 Illinois Avenue in Stevens Point. For more information about physical and occupational therapy, call 715.346.5000.

Hospital expands sleep center to provide relief for sleep apnea patients

Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital and Ministry Medical Group have remodeled the Sleep Diagnostic & Treatment Center to provide excellent patient care.

In 2002, Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital and Ministry Medical Group opened the Sleep Diagnostic & Treatment Center to provide care and treatment for patients in the Stevens Point area. The hospital and clinic have expanded the sleep center and remodeled existing rooms to help accommodate a growing need for treatment for sleep-related health issues such as sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea affects more than 12 million adult Americans and can strike anyone of any age, even children. People who are at an increased risk for sleep apnea are not only those who have high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and an unhealthy body mass index, but also women near menopause, patients with a small mouth or crowded teeth, patients with chronic pain, chronic headaches and chronic fatigue.

For more information about Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital’s Sleep Diagnostic & Treatment Center call 715.343.3319.

Ministry Medical Group offers reverse shoulder procedure

Chronic rotator cuff tears by themselves or tears associated with shoulder arthritis have posed a difficult problem for patients for many years. Physicians have had little to offer these patients outside of cortisone injections and medications, which often provide only minimal temporary relief. A newer designed shoulder replacement, called a reverse shoulder, may now provide an excellent option for these patients.

The reverse shoulder replacement utilizes a newer biomechanical design, which allows the deltoid muscle to provide the force necessary to raise the arm in the absence of the rotator cuff. Studies have shown excellent improvement in both pain relief and function, which have had a dramatic effect on patient’s quality of life and ability to perform activities of daily living.

Ron Hollis, MD, orthopedic surgeon, is fellowship trained, and is one of the only providers to offer this procedure in the Stevens Point and surrounding areas.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hollis, call 715.342.7950.

Michael R. Clark, MD, is an example of “service to others”

“Whoever want to become great among you, must be your servant and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all” was a verse that Michael Clark, MD, learned in his introduction to Theology class at Marquette University. It is also the verse that has characterized his service to emergency patient care since he earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from the school in 2002.

Michael R. Clark, MDDr. Clark is the medical director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston, Wisconsin and the Weston Base of Ministry Health Care’s Spirit Medical Transportation. As medical director, Dr. Clark ensures field personnel have expert direction for emergency care and high-quality field performance.

According to the state of Wisconsin EMS Section, the three main functions of an EMS medical director are to ensure that field personnel have immediately available expert direction for emergency care; to ensure continuing high-quality field performance; and to provide the means for monitoring the quality of field performance and medical direction itself.

Dr. Clark has been a part of a specially trained team of emergency medicine physicians, nurses, paramedics and support staff who provide 24-hour access to critical care for patients requiring treatment from bumps and bruises to major trauma at Ministry Saint Clare’s since 2009.

“I believe that the emergency department represents the intersection of the hospital, clinics, the community and public health,” noted Dr. Clark. “We serve as the great equalizer as we see anyone at anytime for any ailment.”

After completing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from Marquette University, Dr. Clark earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and his residency in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, National Association of EMS Physicians, Air Medical Physician Association, Wisconsin EMS Physician Advisory Committee and Society of Academic Emergency Medicine.

He also serves on hospital, regional and state emergency preparedness committees as well as serving as medical director for the Schofield Fire Department, Village of Kronenwetter First Responders and Special Olympics Wisconsin. As part of the Special Olympics Wisconsin Healthy Athletes Program, Dr. Clark functions as clinical director for the sports physical program MedFest.

In his spare time, Dr. Clark enjoys the outdoors, especially camping, hiking and biking. He has also been active in Boy Scouts of American, Habitat for Humanity and has also been a medical director for Special Olympics - Wisconsin.

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