April is Occupational Therapy Month

Celebrating Occupational Therapy Month

As your local Occupational Therapy staff members at the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor we would like to take the time to celebrate our profession with you all during the month of April. April has been designated as Occupational Therapy month and is celebrated around the nation within the profession. We are honored to be in your community and to have had the opportunity to work with some of you. On the other hand, some of you may not be familiar with our profession; therefore, we would like to take this time to introduce you to Occupational Therapy.

 Occupational therapy enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping to promote health, prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. It is a practice deeply rooted in science and is evidence-based, meaning that the plan designed for each individual is supported by data, experience, and “best practices” that have been developed and proven over time.

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants focus on “doing” whatever occupations or activities are meaningful to an individual to assist in living purposeful and meaningful lives. It is occupational therapy’s purpose to get beyond problems to the solutions that assure living life to its fullest. These solutions may be adaptations for how to do a task, changes to the surroundings, or helping individuals to alter their own behaviors.

When working with an occupational therapy practitioner, strategies and modifications are customized for each individual to resolve problems, improve function, and support everyday living activities. The goal is to maximize potential. Through these therapeutic approaches, occupational therapy helps individuals design their lives, develop needed skills, adjust their environments (e,g., home, school, or work) and build health-promoting habits and routines that will allow you to thrive.

By taking the full picture into account—a person’s psychological, physical, emotional, and social makeup as well as their environment—occupational therapy assists clients to do the following:

  • Achieve goals
  • Function at the highest possible level
  • Concentrate on what matters most to them
  • Maintain or rebuild their independence
  • Participate in daily activities that they need or want to do.

We can be reached at (320)564-6244 for additional information and/or inquiries.

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Paulette, COTA/L; Danielle, OTR/L; Kelly, OTR/L; Cristin, COTA/L

Paulette, COTA/L; Danielle, OTR/L; Kelly, OTR/L; Cristin, COTA/L

Granite Falls Hospital Home Health Care Department recognized as one of top performing agencies in the US for 4th year

The Granite Falls Hospital Home Health Care Department is proud to announce it has been recognized as one of the top performing Home Health Agencies in the United States for the 4th year. Home Care Elite identifies the top 25% of Medicare certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice implementation, patient experience, quality improvement, and consistency and financial performance. Out of 9,969 agencies, 2,496 are considered elite. Granite Falls Home Care is an elite group. Home Care Elite winners demonstrate commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the Home Health Community. Congratulations to our Granite Falls Hospital Home Care Team!

Granite Falls Home Care Hosting Blood Pressure Clinic

The Granite Falls Hospital Home Care team is hosting a blood pressure clinic at the Senior Center in Granite Falls on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 11:00am. For any questions, please call 320-564-6226.

Granite Falls Municipal Hospital Earns ACR Accreditation

Granite Falls Municipal Hospital, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). A mammogram is a low dose x-ray that aids in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Granite Falls Municipal Hospital Designated as a Level 4 Trauma Hospital

The Minnesota Department of Health recently designated the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital as a level 4 trauma hospital.  The Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and staff voluntarily participated in the intense designation process to become part of Minnesota’s statewide trauma system.  The process included an outside review of the hospital’s resources and capabilities to care for trauma patients.  The Granite Falls Municipal Hospital met standards of commitment, clinical and equipment resources and staff training.  The hospital also participates in a continuous performance improvement process.

George Gerlach, Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor CEO/Administrator states, “We are pleased to receive this designation as it recognizes the hard work of our staff and physicians to maintain their preparedness to deal with trauma when it presents itself at our organization. It also reflects our desire to meet the expectations of those we serve on all levels.”

For a severely injured person, the time between sustaining an injury and receiving definitive care is the most important predictor of survival—the “golden hour.”  The chance of survival diminishes with time; however, a trauma system enhances the chance of survival regardless of proximity to an urban trauma hospital.

“Trauma is the third leading cause of death in Minnesota,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Edward Ehlinger.  “The goal of the trauma system is to decrease injured patients’ time to care by making sure their medical needs are appropriately matched with hospital resources.  With the designation of the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital as a level 4 trauma hospital, we are getting closer to our goal of ensuring that seriously injured Minnesotans have access to an organized system of trauma care wherever they are in the state.”

On average, trauma claims the lives of 2,400 Minnesotans annually.  States with trauma systems have seen survival rates increase by 15 to 20 percent.  Wide-scale participation in the voluntary trauma system ensures that a statewide, cooperative effort is in place to care for seriously injured patients.

Minnesota began developing a comprehensive statewide trauma system in August of 2005.  Through its designation the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital recognizes the vital role that communities, ambulance services, hospital and health care professionals play in the care and management of trauma patients.

For more information, see the Minnesota Statewide Trauma System site at http://www.health.state.mn.us/traumasystem/

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