February Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Kelsey Bristle, our February Employee of the Month!  Kelsey is a Physical Therapy Assistant and has worked at Granite Falls Health since June 2012.

Kelsey and her husband Mike have been married for seven years.  They have three boys – Rykurt who is 5 and in kindergarten, Knox who is 3 years old and in preschool, and Linkoln who is 7 months old.

Kelsey enjoys spending time outside – running and playing softball.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and keeping busy with her boys.

When asked what she likes about her job working at Granite Falls Health, Kelsey states “I enjoy working with people of all ages.  The stories they tell and watching them progress and knowing I have a part in their improvement is very rewarding.  And of course . . . my co-workers!”

Thank you Kelsey for all you do for us.  You are appreciated!

Granite Falls Health Home Care Receives 5 Star Rating

Home health agencies are the latest to become subject to the CMS’ five-star rating program,which is intended to help consumers compare the quality and safety of care they should expect from U.S. healthcare providers. Granite Falls Hospital Home Care is pleased to announce they are the recipient of this Five Star Rating program,the highest rating possible.

Star ratings for all Medicare-certified home health agencies for which there is adequate data is published on Home Health Compare.,Approximately 12 million people in the U.S. currently receive home care from more than 33,000 providers, which offer at-home services for acute, long-term and terminal health conditions. DSCN1469

The star ratings come as Home Health Agencies play an increasingly important role in caring for the elderly. Last year 3.4 million clients (often referred to as beneficiaries) received home health services, with nurses, aides,and physical, speech,and occupational therapists treating them in the home.

For both the government and clients,Home Health visits are one of the least expensive ways to provide medical care. Because the elderly tend to be less familiar with the reputation of Home Health agencies than they are with hospitals and other institutions, that makes evaluating quality particularly difficult for family members and guardians. It’s not like a nursing home, where you can go and walk and look around. 

What Is Home Health care?

Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive,more convenient,and often just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF). Some Examples of skilled Home Health services include: Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound;Client and caregiver education; Intravenous or nutrition therapy; Injections and/or monitoring serious illness and unstable health status. The goal of home health care is to help you stay safe in your own home and reduce the risk of hospitalization. Some Examples of what the Home Health Staff Do:

  • Check what you’re eating and drinking
  • Check your blood pressure,temperature, heart rate,and breathing
  • Check that you’re taking your prescription and other drugs and any treatments correctly
  • Ask if you’re having pain
  • Check your safety in the home
  • Teach you about your care so you can take care of yourself
  • Coordinate your care. This means they must communicate regularly with you,your doctor, and anyone else who gives you care.

For information on comparing Home Health Agencies,you can check out Home Health Compare. This site allows you to select multiple agencies at a time to compare the clinical quality of care provided and client experiences at these agencies. The clinical information comes from data from the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS). The client experiences of care data come from the HHCAHPS (Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) Survey. DSCN1490

We want to thank everyone who received a survey, filled it out and returned it. It is you, our customers of Home Health Care, that made us eligible for this 5 Star Rating. The Granite Falls Health Home Care staff thank our Home Care clients, past and present, for allowing us to serve you. If you are interested in learning more about Home Care services, please call Granite Falls Health Home Care at 320-564-6226.

 

November Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Kendra Stevens who has been chosen as the November Employee of the Month.  Kendra is an R.N. in hospital nursing and has worked here since May 2013.  She has been married to her husband Chris for two years.  They enjoy spending time with their niece and nephew.  Her hobbies include spending time with family, camping and reading.

When asked what she likes about her job working at Granite Falls Hospital and Manor, Kendra states “I like the team atmosphere.  Everybody is willing to lend a hand whenever they can help, they become a part of your family.

Thank you for all you do, you are appreciated!

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Hospital board approves terms for discussions with ACMC

By Caitlyn Mahlum, News Editor for Advocate Tribune

The Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor Board made a motion this week to agree to enter into formal discussions with ACMC. Planning to focus on the future of ACMC and Granite Falls, the motion to move into the formal discussions was approved on Monday, October 10, at a special hospital board meeting.

The plan is, as indicated by the motion, for the Granite Falls Hospital and ACMC to enter a period designated for formal discussion. CEO of the Granite Falls Hospital Tom Kooiman stated that he intends to arrange a meeting with ACMC after notifying them of the Board’s agreement and intent to enter discussions as soon as possible, which he hopes to do as early as this week.

Before the Hospital Board agreed to enter into good faith, formal discussions with ACMC, the board first inspected, modified, and approved a set of proposed ground rules and criteria for the discussions. These criteria were sent via email by ACMC Administrator Steve Gerberding to Kooiman and were presented publically to the board and visitors from the community during the special board meeting. The criteria inspected by the board included:

  1. A 90-day timeframe does not start until the first meeting.
  2. That it is agreed upon upfront on a basic set of goals and objectives for the talks.
  3. That an outside facilitator be engaged to conduct the meetings; both organizations are to suggest a facilitator, hold common interviews, and agree on the selection of the induvial/firm to perform the facilitator role.
  4. No public statement to be made by either party during the 90 day discussion period, unless a written statement is issued that is vetted and agreed to in writing by both parties.
  5. Kooiman and at least two Granite Falls Hospital Board members are to participate in the formal meetings.

The Granite Falls Hospital board was in favor of the majority of the the criteria except for the one stating that negotations were to go on for a 90 day period, starting with the first meeting between ACMC and the Hospital. The Board decided to aim for a potential deadline for the discussions to end at December 2 instead as a part of its criteria, citing concerns of wanting to get the ball rolling quicker.

The need for formal discussions came about after the Board had previously declared its intent of possibly creating a provider based, hospital owned clinic in the future. ACMC has been operating out of the Granite Municipal Hospital’s clinic space since the early 1990’s.

In a press release sent to the Advocate Tribune in late August, Kooiman stated that, “We are not interested in grabbing ACMC’s market share, but regaining the market share that has left our community…We are only capturing 39% of our market share; we want to keep local services local. Our goal is to have a market share of 80%. We believe the hiring of additional providers, particularly female, will assist the hospital in achieving this goal.”

October Employee of the Month

Lea Williamson has been chosen as the October Employee of the Month.  Lea is our Purchasing Director and has been with us since June 1, 2015.

Lea and her husband, Dusty, have been married for 8 years.  They have 4 beautiful little ones.  Nora is 5, Andi is 3, Harper is 1½ and Lane is 1½.  Lea enjoys running, reading, playing cards, watching the Vikes play and working on LuLaRoe.

When asked what Lea likes about her job working at Granite Falls Hospital and Manor, she states “I enjoy the camaraderie between staff and the drive everyone has to see this healthcare facility succeed!”

Congratulations Lea and thank you for all you do!  You are appreciated!

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