Monday, November 24, 2014

Indiana Hospital Association recognizes Logansport Memorial Hospital's work to Improve Quality and Patient Safety

(Logansport), Ind. – The Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) recognized Logansport Memorial Hospital on November 18 at The Marten House in Indianapolis for their work to reduce patient harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent over the past three years. The recognition is based on the results of a national campaign known as Partnership for Patients, created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve quality and patient safety at hospitals nationwide.

Logansport Memorial Hospital was one of 116 hospitals that partnered with IHA to form a statewide engagement network, Coalition for Care, and participate with the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) in this ambitious initiative. These hospitals came together to work collaboratively on patient safety efforts, and not compete on safety. 

“All of our physicians and staff at Logansport Memorial Hospital should feel proud of the improvements we have achieved in regard to patient safety and quality,” said Jeanette Huntoon, Chief Executive Nurse. “By collaborating with IHA and applying the best practices that have been proven to work in our industry, we can provide even better treatment for our patients.”

Member hospitals attended educational sessions offered through IHA and HRET to address readmissions, falls and patient and family engagement, among others, and in the last three years, there have been 3,800 participants in educational programs. In 2014, 59 regional patient safety coalition meetings were held across the state. Lean Six Sigma training has been instrumental, with 297 Lean Six Sigma green belts and 176 Lean Six Sigma black belts being trained. There are now 68 hospitals with patient and family advisory councils. Logansport Memorial Hospital had 8 individuals receiving Lean Six Sigma training during the course of three years. 

“This is proof that efforts to identify harms and reduce readmissions are working. Our hospitals should be commended for their continued commitment to improving patient care. Indiana hospitals have had many accomplishments in the past three years, and will continue this work in 2015 to improve the overall health and well-being of our state,” said Doug Leonard, president of the Indiana Hospital Association. 

Logansport Memorial Hospital proudly accepted the banner that we will hang on our hospital campus in recognition of this achievement in quality care. Pictured from left to right: Kathy Wallace – IHA Representative, Tara McVay – LMH Director of Nursing, Jeanette Huntoon – LMH Chief Executive Nurse, and Carolyn Konfirst – IHA Representative.

Logansport Memorial Hospital is an 83-bed, HFAP accredited, regional medical center providing healthcare services to residents in Cass County and the surrounding areas of north central Indiana.

Indiana Hospital Association is a non-profit organization that serves as the professional trade association for 164 Hoosier hospitals. These members are either independent or a member of one of the 23 systems in the state. Membership includes hospitals, multi-hospital systems and community mental health centers. The mission of the IHA is to provide leadership, representation and services in the common best interests of its members as they promote the improvement of community health status. IHA’s primary responsibility is to represent the interests of hospitals in matters of public policy. IHA also provides members with education, communications and data collection services.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Logansport Memorial Hospital and Four County Counseling Center partner for ER Navigator Program

Logansport Memorial Hospital and Four County Counseling Center are pleased to announce a partnership to establish a Care Navigator Program for Logansport Memorial Hospital Emergency Department. The new service began on November 1, 2014. 

The ER Care Navigator will work with the ER staff and assists patients with healthcare access and timely care. Specific goals for the program include:

  • Improving patient connection with primary care providers to decrease emergency room time spent with non-emergent conditions and chronic disease management; 
  • Increasing patient connection to insurance options;
  • Connecting to relevant social services in order to reduce healthcare barriers; and
  • Improving patient connection and timely access to needed mental health and substance abuse services.

Chief Executive Nurse Jeanette Huntoon commented, “The addition of the Care Navigator will greatly enhance our ability to care for ER patients in need of additional services after discharge. Patients may be enrolled in the program and the Care Coordinator will have both face-to-face and phone contacts with the patient for a period of time after discharge to ensure follow-through with appointments and connections to needed services.” 

“A similar program began at Dukes Emergency Department in July 2013,” stated Donna Henry, Vice President of Residential and Clinical Programs for Four County Counseling Center. “We have had great success with this service in Peru and look forward to implementing Care Navigation in the LMH Emergency Department.”

Marckolyn Dillon has been hired as the LMH Emergency Department Patient Navigator. A graduate of Trine University, she has worked in the roles of Adults Case Management, Care Manager and Client Care Coordinator at Four County Counseling Center. “I am very enthusiastic about helping people. I enjoy problem solving and breaking down barriers that prevent people from gaining access to the resources and treatment they need to improve their quality of life. I look forward to working closely with Four County, Logansport Memorial Hospital, local law enforcement and community resources and be a liaison for patients,” commented Ms. Dillon. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Logansport Memorial Hospital offers Urology and additional Neurology services

Effective Monday, November 3, 2014, Logansport Memorial Urology will be located in Medical Office Building West, Suite 140 at Logansport Memorial Hospital. Office hours will be Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8 am – 5 pm. 

Logansport Memorial Urology will be accepting new patients to be seen by three physicians – Dr. Stephen Miller, Dr. Willis Peelle, and Dr. James Harshman. This is to continue providing coverage for patients who were previously seeing Dr. Paul Rober before his departure from Logansport.

Appointments for Logansport Memorial Urology can be made by calling the office directly at (574) 735-3811 or through Central Scheduling at (574) 753-1488. 

Also in the Urology suite, Dr. Khaled Hammoud with Unity Healthcare will be providing neurology services. He will begin accepting patients on Friday, October 31, 2014. He is located in Suite 140 and is in the office only on Fridays. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hammoud, please call Central Scheduling at (574) 753-1488.

“Logansport Memorial Hospital continues to look for opportunities to partner with physicians and provide extended coverage with exceptional specialists right here at home,” comments Jim Schrader, Vice-President of Physician Services. “Providing access to care that our community needs is a top priority for community health and for all of us at Logansport Memorial Hospital.”

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Logansport Memorial Hospital and Mary Dykeman Guild hold 55th annual Holly Bazaar

The 55th annual Holly Bazaar, sponsored by the Mary Dykeman Guild, will be held at Logansport Memorial Hospital in Medical Office Building East on Thursday, November 13 from 4 – 7 pm and on Friday, November 14 from 8 am – 5 pm. This yearly fundraiser gives the community the opportunity to shop for unique holiday gifts and decorations in a festive atmosphere with the knowledge that their purchases go toward patient care in the hospital.

For those who can’t make the week dates, the Holly Bazaar is featured on the Home Tour by Delta Theta Chi on Sunday, November 16 and offers a Demdaco Mama Says Nativity Set as the Door Prize.

The one-of-a-kind raffles at the Bazaar, sponsored by local businesses and individuals, are on display now in the hallway on the way to the main elevators. Pictures of the raffles can be found on the hospital Facebook page, and raffle tickets are $1 each, 6 tickets for $5, and 13 tickets for $10.

If you have questions about attending this event, please contact Gift Shop Manager Tamara Szarszewski at (574) 753-1304.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Big Changes for Better Health

Keeping you "well and good" by making a care delivery transformation

In my time as CEO here at the hospital, I have focused on specific goals for LMH that direct and improve what we can provide for this community. Like most other healthcare organizations, we have had to make changes along the way to ensure that we deliver what our community needs from us. At LMH, we’re making BIG changes… but we want to make sure you know why we’re doing it.

When you need medical care, you just want your doctor to make you feel better. In a perfect world, your doctor’s office would stay in touch with you, the hospital, and any other specialists or healthcare professionals who treated you, so that everyone would be on the same page and working together to keep you healthy.

But the truth is, we don’t live in a perfect world.

What’s happening now is that doctors are generally paid for every service they provide for you. This can lead to you having to go through and pay for tests and screenings that you may not really need. Or you could need to have the same test or screening performed multiple times, because you see different physicians that are trying to treat the same problem. This kind of duplication does not really help you or the providers who are treating you… instead, it just makes things take longer and cost more.

Hospitals around the country – including Logansport Memorial Hospital – know that this is happening and understand that it is frustrating for our physicians and patients. That’s why we are trying to address the issue by making some changes to the way we provide care for you. 

But we also know that change can be confusing, so we want to help you understand what’s happening. You’re going to start seeing and hearing more about how Logansport Memorial Hospital is becoming a Patient-Centered Medical Home and Accountable Care Organization. All that really means is that we will have much more of a team-based approach to caring for you. This team – including your primary care provider, nurses, health coaches, care coordinators, and others – are going to depend on you to take an active role in your healthcare. Your team will work with you and listen to you to determine what you need and want for your health. Then, they will work together to coordinate the services that you receive from us, from other specialists, and from community agencies and organizations. 

Implementing these changes means that our doctors and providers at Logansport Memorial Hospital will work on keeping you as healthy as you can be. We want to treat you – and all of our patients – as a whole person, focused not only on healing you when you’re sick, but helping you stay healthy. It’s our mission to make your health our passion, and we’re passionate about this because we believe it’s the right thing to do – for you.

So let’s recap, okay? We now deliver care by placing you, the patient, at the center of your care decisions. This means that the most important person in the process is YOU! For these changes we’re making to work, we need you to take an active role in your own health and well-being too. It’s true that we still don’t live in a perfect world, but lots of us in the healthcare community – especially those of us at Logansport Memorial Hospital – are working hard to make it better. 

Feel free to contact me at any time – at the hospital, in the community – if you have additional questions about these ongoing changes. You can also visit to learn more.