About 40 miles southeast of Bakersfield, California, Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley Medical Center opened its doors. As reported in the Tehachapi News, Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley President Jeff Lingerfelt said. “This modern, state-of-the-art hospital will allow our team of caregivers and physicians to provide compassionate, quality care to our community in a beautiful, safe setting.” Boasting a 13-room emergency department, intensive-care unit and a surgery department, the hospital will help a community lacking in medical facilities.
Identifying and recognizing health care organizations that exemplify best practices through their adoption, implementation and use of information technology, The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has named Adventist Health System (AHS) a recipient of its 2018 Most Wired award. “Receiving the Most Wired award is an honor for our organization and we are thankful for the talented, mission-focused team members who help develop, support and maintain the systems that enable us to deliver on our promise of wholeness through exceptional patient care,” stated Brent Snyder, chief information officer for AHS. Headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida, AHS has been awarded the Most Wired award for six consecutive years.
On a recent podcast, Joyce Newmyer, president of Adventist Health Pacific Northwest Region, shared, “I’m absolutely convinced that what we do is ministry — and, it’s not just what we do, it’s what we are.” The podcast was conducted by Alex Bryan, Adventist Health administrative director for mission identity, and was shared by The Gleaner, published for the North Pacific Union Conference.
Ten Kroger Health’s “The Little Clinic” locations in Ohio are partnering with Kettering Health Network to improve access to medical care. In an effort to reduce visits to the emergency department, the locations inside grocery stores are able to provide convenient, after-hours care or non-urgent vaccinations and physicals. Read the press release HERE.
Riverside County, California colleges, Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) and Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Nursing are working together to meet the demand for bachelors prepared nurses. The agreement is a first for LLU with a public college and is intended to help build a stronger workforce for the region. MSJC nursing students will be able to transfer to LLU School of Nursing to continue their education in nursing. “Providing an RN to BS is providing a completion degree,” said Peter Baker, JD, MBA, senior vice president of Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta.
The 2018 HomeCare Elite is a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience (HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial health. Keith Ballenger, president of Adventist HealthCare Home Care Services commented that the honor of receiving the award eight years in a row underscores the dedication to providing “patients with the highest quality of care that helps them remain in their homes and receive the support that they need and deserve.”