Scholarship recipients observe surgeries at ERMC

ERHS graduates Emily Olin (left) and Jared McDaniel (right) receive scholarship checks from ERMC President & CEO Tim Johnson (center).

Eaton Rapids High School graduates Jared McDaniel and Emily Olin recently had the opportunity to observe surgeries performed by Dr. Jeffrey Deppen, Chief of Surgery at Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC). McDaniel and Olin were presented the fifth-annual ERMC Foundation Scholarship Award earlier this year during the Senior Honors Convocation. In addition to the $1,000 scholarship, the Medical Center invites the recipients to view surgical procedures.

"I was able to see a gall bladder procedure on Monday," stated McDaniel. "It was a great experience. It just confirmed how much I'm going to love the medical field."

In the fall, McDaniel will be attending Concordia University and Olin will be attending Lansing Community College. Both recipients were involved in many extracurricular and community service activities during their time at Eaton Rapids High School, while maintaining a high grade point average.

The ERMC Foundation began offering the $1,000 scholarship in 2011 to high school seniors who plan to pursue a registered nursing degree. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide local students with assistance in entering the healthcare field.

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ERMC Foundation plans golf outing

The Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation Golf Outing will be held on Friday, August 21, 2015 at Eldorado Golf Course. Golfers will enjoy 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, prizes, hors d'oeuvres and a drink ticket. A $10,000 Hole-in-One challenge will also be sponsored by Ackley-Peters-Haubert Insurance Services. Consumers Professional Credit Union will be sponsoring the Shoot-for-Loot hole with cash and lottery ticket prizes.

The Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation uses contributions from supporters to support technology, equipment and building improvements at ERMC. Our community benefits from the free educational programs, health screenings, counseling, support groups and school-based programs offered annually by the Medical Center. Each year, ERMC performs more than $1.8 million of uncompensated care due to patients' inability to pay or lack of reimbursement from government programs. To participate or sponsor a team, contact Lindsay Peters at 517-663-9524 or by email at LPeters@ermchealth.org.

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ERMC rated number one hospital in Michigan by patients for the second year in a row

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) is once again rated first out of 122 Michigan hospitals for "Overall Rating of Hospital" and in the top ten percent of the nation for patient satisfaction based on the most recently released Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores.

HCAHPS is a national survey that measures different aspects of hospital care from the patient's perspective. It was developed and implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). HCAHPS is administered to a random sample of adult patients, not only Medicare patients. The survey data published in the first quarter of 2015 was collected from 4,140 hospitals between July 2013 and June 2014.

The CMS website explains that three broad goals shape the HCAHPS Survey. First, the survey is designed to produce data from the patient's perspective of the care they received. This allows objective and meaningful comparisons among hospitals on topics important to consumers. Secondly, public reporting of the survey results is designed to create incentives for hospitals to improve their quality of care. Lastly, by reporting publicly, hospitals increase accountability through transparency. With these goals in mind, the HCAHPS project has taken substantial steps to assure that the survey is credible, useful and practical. This methodology and the information it generates are available to the public.

An HCAHPS survey encompasses nine key topics: communication with doctors, communication with nurses, responsiveness of hospital staff, pain management, communication about medicines, discharge information, cleanliness of the hospital environment, quietness of the hospital environment and transition of care. HCAHPS scores-based on four consecutive quarters of patient surveys-are publicly reported on the Hospital Compare website four times each year. For more information or to view hospital comparisons, visit www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov.

Heather Schragg, ERMC Quality, Compliance and Risk Manager, attributes Eaton Rapids Medical Center's success over the last couple of years to the implementation of quality initiatives. The primary initiative brought in Capstone Leadership Solutions, a Michigan-based company, to assist in assessing, planning and executing strategies to improve the patient experience.

"In addition, hospital leaders now dedicate time regularly to 'rounding' or purposeful conversations with patients, family members and staff. This allows opportunities to check in, address issues immediately and build relationships," explained Schragg. "We also call our patients after discharge to follow up on their well-being to ensure an understanding of medications, treatment and the care plan."

Eaton Rapids Medical Center is a critical access hospital located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Visit www.eatonrapidsmedicalcenter.org to learn more. For additional information on HCAHPS, visit www.hcahpsonline.org.

Article posted on June 9th 2015. - Article Permalink

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