June Employee of the Month

Mary Hildahl has been chosen as the featured Employee of the Month for June 2016.  Mary is a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).  She does inpatient and ER coding in the Medical Records Department.  Mary started in April of 2001.

Mary Hildahl

Mary and her husband, Marlin, live on a small farm south of Granite Falls.  They have 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 4 cats!  Mary’s hobbies include – quilting, reading, gardening and hunting.

When asked what Mary likes about her job at the Granite Falls Hospital and Manor, she stated “The best parts of the job are the excellent co-workers surrounding me and their willingness to make our facility great!  In the Medical Records Department, the majority of us have coding experience so if I have a question, there is a lot of knowledge to tap into.  I like the fact that the coding process itself is consistent, but every admission is different.  Each admission challenges me to provide the most accurate coding I can with the information available.  I really enjoy working in my home town!!  When I tell people that I work in the hospital, it makes me proud to hear the positive feedback from former patients and their families.  It makes me feel good that I can help people that I have known most of my life.  I may not be on the front line for patient care, but I am a part of the line!”

Congratulations Mary on being chosen Employee of the Month and thank you for all you do!  You are appreciated!

Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor Lab Recognized for Quality Laboratory Services

COLA accreditation

GFMHM lab staff displaying their COLA accreditation certificate

Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor Laboratory has met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. GFMHM Lab has earned COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality services all patients served.

COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation.

COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

April is National Occupational Therapy Month!

Paulette, Lori, and Noelle from GFMHM's OT department; Missing: Kelly

Paulette, Lori, and Noelle Missing: Kelly

Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent – or live better with – injury, illness, or disability.

These are just some of the interventions and services that occupational therapy practitioners can provide:

  • Helping children with mental challenges such as autism spectrum disorder and physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy to participate fully in school and social situations
  • Keeping older drivers safe and independent in their vehicles by providing in-car assessments, recommendations for adaptive equipment, and appropriate self-restrictions
  • Offering clients who are recovering from a stroke ways to resume independence in bathing, dressing, and cooking a meal
  • Helping people recovering from injury to regain skills necessary to return to work
  • Providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes
  • Evaluating older adults’ homes to promote safety and prevent falls
  • Helping wounded warriors overcome physical injuries such as limb loss, and mental challenges such as TBI and PTSD, and reintegrate into the community

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is a nearly 100-year old evidence-based profession deeply rooted in science. Practice areas are Children and Youth; Mental Health; Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation; Healthy Living; Aging: and Work and Industry.

To learn more about the profession of occupational therapy, visit www.aota.org, find AOTA on Facebook, or follow #OTmonth and @AOTAinc on Twitter.

2016 Community Health Fair

This year’s Community Health Fair is to be held Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. at the Kilowatt Community Center. There will be lost cost screenings available, free demonstrations, information on a variety of health areas and of course healthy foods to enjoy.

Health screenings this year include free screenings for blood pressure and blood sugar checks as well as pulmonary screenings. Other information on Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Family Centered Obstetrical Care, Granite Falls Manor and a variety of others that are worth checking out. For a small fee lipid profile (cholesterol) and PSA testing will be offered and sign up this is required. These tests will be completed at the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital Laboratory Department, they will call you with a time for your appointment. Stop by the Home Care table to sign up for these tests.

Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor, Home Health Care, Granite Falls Ambulance Services, Senior Advocacy, Living At Home Block Nurse Program and Public Health along with many others will also be present just for you to be able to experience the time to get on the road to “Highway To Health.”

Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor partners with CrossChx to prevent medical identity theft

picture for crosschx articleGranite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor is proud to announce our partnership with CrossChx, the leader in identity resolution for smarter healthcare. On February 12, 2016, CrossChx installed their SafeChx system, the standard for safe and reliable patient access at the Granite Falls Hospital reception area. Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor is the first healthcare facility in Minnesota to implement the SafeChx system and the 509th across the country.

Identity theft continues to be one of the most discussed topics in the health care industry. Studies estimate that as of February 2015, more than 2.3 million people were victims of medical identity fraud. Medical identity theft is the misuse of a person’s medical identity information to wrongfully obtain health care goods, services or funds. The top uses of stolen medical data is to obtain medical treatments, services, medication, equipment and insurance or government benefits such as Medicare or Medicaid.

“Granite Falls Hospital and Manor is committed to keeping your medical identity and information safe. We have implemented this feature to aid in that process and add one more layer of protection for our patients,” states Kristin Wilke, Privacy Officer.

By using a fingerprint reader at a point of registration, SafeChx scans a patient’s finger and creates a unique identifier based on up to 70 minutia points. This unique ID is used to instantly verify a patient’s identity and link them to their medical record.

After securing a patient’s fingerprint, CrossChx employs BaseTen, a process that runs an identity against 25 million patient IDs every day to ensure the right person receives the right care.

In addition to streamlining the patient registration process, the SafeChx system protects against medical identity theft, reduces the risk of denied claims, and gives healthcare providers the ability to identify and prevent the creation of duplicate medical records.

Not only does SafeChx have a 95% patient acceptance rate, it’s also given to hospitals absolutely free, which includes the installation, setup, onsite training and ongoing support.

SafeChx is live in more than 500 locations and pairs with more than 30 different Electronic Health Record systems. Since 2012, SafeChx has protected more than 20 million patients across the United States and identified 2 million medical records with inaccurate information.


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