(Chillicothe) – Adena Regional Medical Center received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes Adena’s success in meeting its solemn commitment to protect patients from harm and error in the hospital. Among Ohio’s 120 hospitals rated, only 44 hospitals received a top grade.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns letter grades to hospitals based on more than thirty national performance measures reflecting their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public to view at HospitalSafetyGrade.org. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.
“With the receipt of a second consecutive ‘A’ grade in hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to Zero Harm in a Safety First culture at Adena,” said Dr. Kirk Tucker, Chief Clinical Officer. “Statistics show that patients who receive their hospital care at an A-rated facility have a 30% less chance of dying from preventable causes than a B-rated facility, a 50% less chance than at a C-rated facility and a 90% less chance than at a D-rated facility. This top letter grade carries significant importance for the communities that trust us with their care. I want to thank every physician, advanced practice provider and caregiver for their commitment to this calling in making us one of the best in the nation for patient safety. Our patients, friends and family deserve top level care and we take great pride in delivering on clinical excellence.”
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions.
(Chillicothe) – Adena Health System has announced that it will make a return to its pre-pandemic visitation policy, effective today (4/8/22), as community transmission rates for COVID-19 continue to decline and the Health System’s COVID-related inpatient census remains minimal.
“This is a moment that we have eagerly anticipated and signals another positive milestone in our return to normalcy,” said Dr. Kirk Tucker, Adena Chief Clinical Officer. “Any time visitation restrictions are put in place, we know the hardships it can create understanding the role family and friends play in a patient’s healing process. Decisions in these areas are closely monitored by our clinical and operational leaders to ensure we are protecting those trusting us with their care and those working in our facilities. We felt now is the right time to make this return.”
Dr. Tucker added that restrictions around visitation policies are not just made related to COVID-19 data, and that any future changes of the policy could be also instituted with increased trends in community-acquired infections like influenza or pneumonia.
Highlights to the return in visitor policy guidelines include:
· Face masks are still required while in any Adena facility, regardless of vaccination status.
· Visitation hours at all hospitals will be 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., seven days a week.
· Emergency Departments: Limit of two visitors per patient.
· ICU: Limit of two visitors at a time and no one under 13 years of age.
· Inpatients: Recommended no more than 2-3 visitors at a time due to limited space in patient rooms. Patient can designate a support person to exercise the patient’s visitation rights on his or her behalf. The support person is the only visitor permitted to stay overnight.
· Labor and Delivery: Limit of three visitors at a time and no one under 13 years of age.
· Nursery: Limit of four visitors at a time and no one under 13 years of age.
· Outpatient/Ambulatory: Recommended no more than two visitors accompany a patient.
(Chillicothe) – Adena Health System is searching for new and experienced individuals with a passion for caring for others. During its Clinical Recruitment Event, Adena will accept applications and host open interviews for Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Patient Care Associates, Respiratory Therapists, and other nursing support caregivers.
Sign-on bonuses of up to $10,000 are available for some positions, so all interested are encouraged to attend. Leaders representing all of Adena’s acute care sites and nursing departments will be available to help with the application process, there will be on-site interviews, and some qualified candidates may receive on-the-spot offers.
The event will be March 14th, 2022 between 12pm and 4pm and the PACCAR Medical Education Center, located at 446 Hospital Road just north of Chillicothe.
Participants should bring the following documents to the recruitment event:
· Resume with prior employer/job experience;
· Copy of current license and/or certification;
· List of three references, including contact information;
· Driver’s license or state-issued identification; and
· Social Security card/number
Adena offers competitive pay and benefits. To learn more about all career opportunities at Adena Health System, visit Adena.org/Careers.
(Chillicothe) – The Ohio National Guard will end their deployment February 4th at Adena Regional Medical Center for assisting in COVID testing.
“They tell you to have a bag ready at all times to be ready to respond when the state or nation needs us,” said Major Donny Glosser, who has headed up National Guard efforts over the last month in support of Adena Health System’s COVID-19 testing and operations during the latest Omicron variant-related patient surge. “I think anybody who has been in the Guard for a while, we – and our families – kind of grow accustomed to us being temporarily removed from our everyday life.”
The leadership, physicians and caregivers of Adena Health System are thankful for the sacrifices those Guard members and their families are willing to make. Since early January, about 70 Guard members from as far away as Cincinnati and Cleveland have left their civilian jobs and families to converge on the communities Adena serves to offer support during this critical time. Those tasks, in addition to performing COVID-19 testing, have included spending one-on-one time sitting with hospitalized patients, intra-hospital patient transport, nutrition services (cafeteria support), and performing environmental service (cleaning and housekeeping) tasks at Adena’s four hospitals located in Chillicothe, Greenfield, Washington Court House and Waverly.
The assistance came about through efforts of the Ohio Hospital Association and the governor’s office in support of hospitals across the state that we’re facing significant patient surges and staffing shortages. With hopes that the Omicron variant’s spread may have peaked locally and with Adena’s staffing resources improving, the National Guard is ending its Adena deployment on Friday.
As a result, drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the PACCAR Medical Education Center on the Adena Regional Medical Center campus will not be available this weekend but will return Monday on a weekdays-only schedule, available from 8am to 6pm, handled by hospital staff.
The drive-thru testing site has succeeded in doing what it set out to do. For patients, it continues to provide a convenient location where they can be swabbed while sitting in their vehicle and quickly be on their way again knowing they will be contacted when the test results are available. For the Health System, it has helped moved the testing load away from Urgent Cares that were regularly seeing record patient levels and allowed them to focus on other care priorities.
To put those patient loads into context, on January 4, 2021, Adena’s Urgent Care facilities across the Health System saw a peak of 305 patients in a single day. On January 5th of this year, the peak was at 570. The drive-thru testing site, meanwhile, peaked at 472 patients on January 13th of this year.
“There were several days when we were seeing more than 1,000 patients a day between the Urgent Cares and the testing site,” said Jessica Matheny, Associate Vice President of Adena Medical Group. “When you look back during a pandemic like this, it feels like we’ve been doing this forever.”
That kind of strain facing the frontline caregivers at Adena and in other health systems inevitably leads to fatigue. The National Guard’s arrival, Major Glosser said, appeared to bring a very visible relief to some of that fatigue.
“The biggest change I noticed from when we arrived on January 7th into that following week was how nice it was to see the hospital employees out here smiling and laughing,” he said. “When my leadership asked me if we were providing value, I said it was obvious from the demeanor of the staff that we were helping them.”
The Health System and community at large, in turn, have shown their appreciation. Several departments have provided Guard members with gift baskets and cards, the Adena Health Foundation has provided them with snacks and drinks, physicians have purchased pizzas for them, Health System leadership has provided them with gift cards to use for meals and a local Girl Scout troop even brought them donuts to enjoy.
“It’s been awesome,” said Major Glosser, who hails from the Cincinnati area. “I’ve had my dinner bought for me several times in the community, and I never expected that. I’ve felt real supported in this community, it’s been a great experience.”
Specialist Noah Love, a 20-year-old Guard Member from Dover who has served the entire month at the testing site, agreed.
“We get treated great around here,” he said. “I was going to transfer closer to home, but I like it too much here to transfer. Some of the patients even want to buy us food and they say, ‘Thank you for your service.’ They’ve been real courteous to us.”
Lt. McKensie Logan, who noted that Guard units since the start of the pandemic have been called upon across Ohio to assist in warehouses, with vaccinations and at food banks among other tasks, added that patients who have been admitted to Adena’s hospitals have also frequently expressed their appreciation to the Guard members.
For more information on Adena’s COVID-19 testing locations, COVID-19 vaccine distribution and other health care services, visit Adena.org.