ERMC employees honored with distinguished service award
Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) employees Stephanie Bowerman and Belinda Ide were honored with the Dr. Meinke and Dr. Sherman Distinguished Service Award at the hospital's 2015 Winter Gala on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Each year, two employees are recognized for providing exceptional service to Eaton Rapids Medical Center patients and the community. The award was established to honor Dr. Meinke and Dr. Sherman, physicians who were instrumental in the founding of Eaton Rapids Medical Center.
Stephanie Bowerman has been a Medical Assistant in the ERMC Family Practice & Redicare for nearly three years. The nomination describes Bowerman as a great example of always putting the patients first, stating "Stephanie takes pride in serving her patients and coworkers. She is one of those employees you want to clone. She strives to always do her best and what's right for the patient. She goes the extra mile with every patient interaction. One day, Stephanie was asked to contact a patient with critical labs. She went to great lengths to contact the patient and make an appropriate referral to ensure the patient received the care he needed. Seeing her work on this, you would have thought it was her own mom or dad needing these services. Stephanie comes in every day with a smile on her face and is truly happy to be at her job. She has such a positive presence about her and she simply reminds me why I am here and why we all chose to work in the healthcare field."
Belinda Ide works as a Health Information Management Analyst and has been with Eaton Rapids Medical Center for almost five years. The nomination states "Belinda will go out of her way, every time, to assist in whatever way possible. She is never one to shy away from work. She makes everyone else's job more enjoyable. If someone is behind, she will help out. If someone needs something done differently, she will do it. If a patient needs something from another department, she will serve as the go-between. If the hospital had only one person to represent us from a customer service perspective, it should be Belinda! In addition, Belinda and her husband own and operate a care home in our community for men with disabilities. When listening to her talk, it is clear that there is deep respect and caring for these individuals. It is also obvious that when she leaves here in the evening, she goes home and puts forward just as much effort there as she does here. Belinda supports our community very well through her interactions with our patients. It is clear that she is well-liked and that our patients think very highly of her, and in turn, the hospital, as well."
Photo: ERMC employees Stephanie Bowerman (left) and Belinda Ide (right) receive the Dr. Meinke and Dr. Sherman Distinguished Service Award.
Article posted on January 20th 2015. - Article Permalink
MSU simulation provides realistic trauma training
On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the Michigan State University (MSU) Learning and Assessment Center implemented and evaluated a trauma simulation exercise at Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC). The simulation involved training a multidisciplinary team of clinical and non-clinical ERMC employees. Two Registered Nurse Educators and two Information Technology Specialists from MSU created a realistic trauma scenario using a high fidelity mannequin as a patient. The mannequin was able to speak, perform all bodily functions and respond to any treatment administered.
The scenario involved an individual with multiple traumatic injuries found staggering along the highway by a passerby. The passerby brought the individual (the mannequin or "Sim Man") in her vehicle to the front door of our Emergency Department. The "Sim Man" was unresponsive upon arrival, and it didn't become clear until later that he had been driving an all-terrain vehicle to a deer blind while intoxicated. He hit a tree and landed in a half-frozen pond before being picked up on the side of the road.
The "Sim Man" gave staff the ability to hear breathing and bowel sounds, feel pulses, obtain vital signs, monitor cardiac rhythms and oxygenation status, draw blood and perform x-rays and CTs, start IV's, place tubes, give medications and blood, and provide wound and fracture care. Each treatment intervention gave the care team a little more information about how the "Sim Man" was doing and prompted the next action. With so many things happening simultaneously - in such an intense situation - the importance of clear, closed loop communication and teamwork was key to achieving the best possible patient outcome.
"All the scenarios we plan come from real situations," explained Laura Prochnow, MSN, RN Simulation Manager at the MSU Learning and Assessment Center. "The great thing about this training is that it is performed in your own environment. We were able to involve emergency, laboratory, radiology, registration and respiratory staff."
Team members participated in a debriefing at the conclusion of the exercise. Prochnow, who received specialty training at Harvard University in the debriefing process, worked with staff to identify areas of success and change.
During the exercise, the following objectives were achieved:
- Demonstrate appropriate trauma resuscitation strategies to a simulated patient
- Plan and prioritize interventions and care used in treating a trauma patient with multiple, extensive injuries
- Model effective team management and communication skills during the immersive simulation
- Assess appropriate resources (staffing and materials) for a trauma patient
Eaton Rapids Medical Center is one of nine critical access hospitals in Michigan to receive this training, which was made possible through funding by the Michigan Center for Rural Health.
Article posted on December 18th 2014. - Article Permalink
Mitten trees offer warmth for community
Give what you can, take what you need.
Eaton Rapids Medical Center and Springport Medical Clinic have decorated trees with warm winter clothes for our neighbors in need. Please help yourself to any of the items. If you would like to contribute, please bring in clean, gently used or new mittens, gloves and hats of all sizes to add to the trees. Boots can even be placed under the trees. The Eaton Rapids Medical Center Mitten Tree is located in the Emergency Department Lobby at 1500 South Main Street in Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. Springport Medical Clinic is located at 400 E. Main Street Suite 200, Springport, MI 49284.
Article posted on December 3, 2014. - Article Permalink