The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) has awarded clinical staff members Traci Taylor Mastin and Julia Fulton with Patient Safety Hero Awards. Both were honored for their significant contributions to clinical improvement by reducing surgical-site infections (SSIs) at Harrison Memorial Hospital.
Mastin and Fulton received Patient Safety Awards for their efforts to reduce SSIs via their surgical safety checklist, which is part of the hospital’s operating room documentation. In 2011, HMH had 1,388 surgeries with only 17 SSIs, for a rate of 1.22%. By adding more infection control processes to the surgery safety checklist in 2012, HMH reported only seven SSIs out of 1,420 surgeries, for a rate of 0.49%. That represents a 60% reduction in the SSI rate from 2011 to 2012.
The HMH Radiology Department has earned another re-accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for our mammography services. Our mammography services at HMH have been accredited since 1998, undergoing re-certification every three years. The program is accredited for our Holistic Digital Mammography Unit in our Women’s Imaging Center.
The accreditation of our mammography services can be added to the list of other modalities to achieve re-certification by the ACR – including computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine. This accreditation is a result of a year-long effort by our Radiologic Technologists and our Radiology Medical Director, Dr. Doug Crutcher.
Ladies Health Day
This event, sponsored by the Harrison County Cancer Coalition, brings together women ages 40 and older in need of a mammogram. Transportation for this event, which will be held at the Harrison County Health Department, is available upon request. Participants must schedule an appointment by calling 859.234.2842.
HMH physical therapist Alex Caldwell is now certified in level one of the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Golf Fitness Program. The program, co-founded by Dr. Greg Rose and PGA Professional Dave Phillips, was developed to help achieve golf-specific goals by combining Titleist’s custom-fitting expertise with the physical attributes of the golfer’s body and swing technique. A 23-point screening identifies a golfer’s swing-inhibiting weaknesses and helps to improve his or her strengths. The goal is to increase core stability and mobility, develop better balance, reduce injury and joint pain, and improve endurance. The program cost is $250 for an individual; $400 if two family members join at the same time. This includes an initial evaluation and a six-week exercise program. If you are interested in our Golf Fitness Program, call 859.235.3553.