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Mosesso Recognized

Mosesso Recognized

After twelve years of serving on Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s Board of Directors, Cathy Mosesso retired at the end of the board’s June meeting. Cathy first began serving on the board in August 2004 and has been a dedicated and tireless advocate for our hospital and community.  Cathy was recognized with a beautiful glass Excellence Award, presented by Board Chairman Robert Must.

During her time on the board, Cathy saw the hospital experience both troubling and happy times. When asked about her fondest memory from being on the board, Cathy said she was glad to have been a part of the professional growth of the board and staff.  She congratulates everyone “for accepting personal responsibility in the hospital’s revitalization which is now evident upon entering the building.”

PMH’s board is made up of seven community individuals, one of which must be a small business owner. Cathy represented this sector as the owner of Mosesso Agency in Marlinton.  Cathy is married to Greg Mosesso and they have three children and two grandchildren.  She is an active member of the Marlinton Woman’s Club and attends St. John Neumann Church.

“Many rural health care organizations struggle to obtain qualified individuals to volunteer their time and energy to serve on the Board of Trustees. Cathy was knowledgeable, compassionate and engaged in her service to Pocahontas Memorial Hospital. She will be missed in this role. She truly made a difference,” says Barbara Lay, Chief Executive Officer at PMH. Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is deeply appreciative of Cathy’s work and dedication for the hospital and this community that we are a part of.

With her new “free time”, Cathy hopes to spend more time with her family. But she is not quite done with PMH yet.  You can find her volunteering in the hospital Gift Shop for a few hours every Monday.

Rehabilitation Department Here to Serve Community Needs

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is very proud of its rapidly growing Rehabilitation Services Program. Rehabilitation services are available for anyone in need of treatment in the recovery of a surgery, injury (including sports injuries), illness, or other medical condition.  Physical Therapy services have long been the hallmark of the hospital’s rehabilitation services, however PMH also offers occupational and speech therapies.

Services are available both on an inpatient and outpatient level. If your health care provider recommends that you seek one of these types of therapies, you can schedule an appointment with PMH’s program just like any other therapy office.

An important component of the Rehabilitation services offered at PMH is the Skilled Rehab or “Swing Bed” program. Swing Bed is a skilled nursing program that you can be admitted to after any qualifying illness or surgery to receive rehabilitation therapy or special medical treatments. Therapies could include not only physical or occupational therapies, but respiratory therapy as well.  Treatments may also include wound care or IV antibiotics.

If you have any questions about the Rehabilitation services at PMH or would like information on scheduling an appointment, please contact the department at 304-799-1015.

Rehabilitation Department Here to Serve Community Needs
Successful Youth Health Fair Held

Successful Youth Health Fair Held

Despite ominous clouds all day on July 15th, the rain never came and Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s Annual Youth Health Fair was a fun success. With free food, door prizes, health related exhibits, obstacle courses, golf chipping, and other games; there was truly something for everyone.  Special guests included HealthNet Aeromedical with a helicopter landing and tours, the Pocahontas Sheriff Department’s Safety Pup, and Smokey Bear.  Always a crowd favorite among both youth and adults, Roy Moose with the US Forest Service brought his live snake exhibit.  In addition, sports physicals were offered by the Rural Health Clinic at no cost to the student.  Pocahontas Memorial Hospital wants to thank all of the participants, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff for making the day such a success.  Much appreciation goes to all the businesses and individuals in the community who donated door prizes and food.

PMH Named Studer Organization of Month

Since 2011, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital has worked with the national coaching organization, Studer Group.  The Studer Group works with healthcare organizations in the United States and other countries to “help them achieve and sustain exceptional improvement in clinical outcomes and financial results.”  Studer Group’s goal is to help build a sustainable culture that promotes accountability, fosters innovation, and consistently delivers a great patient experience and the best quality outcomes over time.

Each month, the Studer Group recognizes two hospitals on a national level who show they can both improve results and sustain them.

PMH was the rural hospital selected as “Organization of the Month” for June and received a “Flame” Award.

Some of PMH’s accomplishments since 2011 include: increased physician and employee satisfaction and engagement, reduced falls, reduced Accounts Receivables days, and increased net operating margin.

To read the official release, please visit the Studer Group’s website at: https://www.studergroup.com/industry-impact/successful-healthcare-organizations/healthcare-organizations-of-the-month/pocahontas-memorial-hospital

PMH Named Studer Organization of Month
Outpatient Nursing Center Serves Community Needs

Outpatient Nursing Center Serves Community Needs

Previously called the “Outpatient Infusion Center,” Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s newly renamed “Outpatient Nursing Center” is filling a huge need in our county for transfusions, wound care, and other treatments that require nursing assistance, but not a physician.

Before the Outpatient Nursing Center opened in December, patients would have to travel to a facility outside the county to receive certain medical treatments. If a treatment had to be done multiple times throughout the day, a patient would either have to make multiple trips or spend the entire day at that hospital.  With the Outpatient Nursing Center located in county, getting treatment is convenient, fast, and without many of the hassles of larger facilities.

Susanne Rimm, of Arbovale, was the center’s very first patient in December and had been traveling out of the county to receive her critical saline IV therapies. Even with an appointment, if the unit got busy with emergencies or surgeries, she would often have to wait one or two days to receive therapy. “At PMH, if I have to have treatment I could do it today if there’s space.  That wasn’t even a possibility before,” Susanne says.

Some of the services available are:

  1. IV therapies
  2. Blood and medical transfusions
  1. Wound care
  2. Port flushes
  3. Allergy injections
  4. Cancer Adjunct therapies such as neulasta and neupogen
  5. Routine medication injections
  6. Dressing changes

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital staff feel extremely gratified to be able to offer these services and help an additional group of people seeking healthcare and treatment. For referrals or more information about the Outpatient Nursing Center, please contact Ronda Shaw at 304-799-1303.

5th Annual Spring Fling Coming Up!

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s Annual Spring Fling will be held Saturday, April 23rd at the Marlinton Opera House and promises an enjoyable evening for all who attend. Live music will be played by the band “The Kings,” from Roanoke, Virginia with a variety of music.  Tickets are available at $40 for an individual or $75 for a couple.

As an incentive to buy tickets early, you can choose the table you want to sit at. This ensures your friends are seated with you, and not across the room.  If you want to be closer to the dance floor or further away, be sure to buy a ticket now and reserve your seats!  Also new this year will be an optional pre-dinner catered buffet by Harriett Faulknier.  The dinner will cost $20 per person and includes grilled chicken, pork loin, twice baked potatoes, salad, green beans, bread, and drinks.

The Spring Fling is a stand-alone event and is completely separate from the day to day operations of the hospital. All profits after expenses are paid for will be contributed directly to PMH’s Capital Campaign to renovate patient rooms at the hospital.

The Spring Fling is a fun opportunity to get dressed up, enjoy some delicious food and great music, spend time with old friends and make new ones. In addition, it’s a wonderful way to support PMH’s Capital Campaign and help usher in a new era of healthcare.  To buy a ticket, please call 304-799-7400 and speak with Cheryl Cain at ext. 1051 or Edwina Garber at ext. 1081.

5th Annual Spring Fling Coming Up!
First Infusion Center Outpatient

First Infusion Center Outpatient

After months of planning, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s Nursing Department proudly unveiled their new Infusion Center on December 1st and welcomed their first outpatient. Susanne Rimm, of Arbovale, is thrilled to be able to now receive her critical saline IV therapies at PMH, instead of having to travel out of county.

Susanne loves PMH’s new Infusion Center, not only because it is closer, but because of the ease of making appointments. Previously, she would have to schedule treatments through a larger hospital’s Day Surgery Unit. Even with an appointment, if the unit got busy with emergencies or surgeries, she would often have to wait one or two days to receive therapy. “At PMH, if I have to have treatment I could do it today if there’s space. That wasn’t even a possibility before,” Susanne says.

Infusion Center services require the assistance of a nurse, but not the presence of a physician. Like Susanne, until now, community residents have had no choice but to travel to larger facilities in Greenbrier or Randolph Counties to obtain such treatments. Someone visiting the Infusion Center does not have to be admitted or stay overnight, but simply registers as an outpatient to receive therapy. Some of the services available include:

  1. IV therapies
  2. Blood and medical transfusions
  1. Wound care
  2. Port flushes
  3. Allergy injections
  4. Cancer Adjunct therapies such as neulasta and neupogen
  5. Routine medication injections
  6. Dressing changes

Susanne actually worked as a nurse at PMH when she first moved to the county twelve years ago and she says that while many of the faces have changed, the smiles and the friendliness of our little county hospital are the same. “The Infusion Center is a great service – it’s wonderful that the people of Pocahontas County can use this,” she says. And the people of Pocahontas County are quickly taking advantage of the new Infusion Center. According to Ronda Shaw, Acute Care Coordinator, the center had already served over 20 patients in its first 11 days.

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is committed to excellence in delivering compassionate health care and promoting healthy lifestyles. Judging from Susanne’s experience, PMH is fulfilling that mission quite well.

For referrals or more information about the Infusion Center, please contact Lori Riggsby or Ronda Shaw at 304-799-1303.

PMH Employees Recognized for Service

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital held its Annual Christmas Dinner on Thursday, December 3 at the Marlinton United Methodist Church. Over one hundred employees and their families, board members, and special guests came out to celebrate the season and recognize staff receiving Service Awards.

Continuing what has become a PMH tradition, instead of a gift exchange, attendees brought toys to contribute to the Family Resource Network’s Project Christmas to help families in need throughout the county.

Receiving 5 Year Service Awards were: Dawn Baker, Roslyn Curry, Linda McCoy, Ashley Sharp, Jessica Shinaberry, Rae Smith, and Robin Visintin. Receiving 10 Year Service Awards were: Cassie Gunter and Tammy McCarty. Two individuals were recognized with 15 Year Service Awards: David Lane and Aleisha Myers. And one individual was recognized for 20 Years of Service: Velma Wilfong.

At this time of Christmas, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital wants to thank these employees, as well as all staff for their commitment to the hospital and our patients.

PMH Employees Recognized for Service
PMH Leaders Complete Training

PMH Leaders Complete Training

The administration, board, and staff of Pocahontas Memorial Hospital take leadership training seriously. Each month, a host of training and leadership opportunities are available both online and through the hospital’s Training Center. In addition, four times per year, the leadership team attends an in-depth, often intensive “Leadership Development Institute” or “LDI.”

This quarter’s LDI was held at the Green Bank Observatory on November 4-5. The leadership team participated in presentations, role plays, and team builders. Presenters were all part of the leadership team, allowing them to hone their individual speaking and facilitating skills. Presenters were Katie Brown, Cheryl Cain, Chad Carpenter, Edwina Garber, Kathy Irvine, Barbara Lay, Cecilia Quinonez, Terry Wagner, and Susan Wilkins. A special guest was Bob Simmons, of NRAO.

On the last day, Mike Holstine, NRAO Business Manager, gave a history of the facility and made a very special presentation to Barbara Lay on behalf of the leadership team. Unbeknownst to Lay, her co-workers had planned months in advance to name a star after her, in thanks of Lay’s leadership and incredible vision for PMH.

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is committed to excellence in delivering compassionate health care and promoting healthy life styles. Leadership development is one way PMH strives to fulfill this mission.

EMS Education Opportunities

The following classes will be taught at New River Community and Technical College Lee Street Campus for recertification.  These re-cert classes are free and no charge as part of our commitment to EMS education and support of area squads.  Hopefully these classes help both paid and volunteer staff get continuing education in a quick and easy couple of days.  These classes will be logged in CIS.  Recipients will have credit applied for recertification upon completion.   Those wishing to have the re-certification classes just need to show up to the Lee Street Campus at the times as indicated below.

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 17:30-22:00  (Lee Street)  MCI 1 and 2.

Friday, November 20th, 2015 – 10:00-22:00  (Lee Street)       Preparatory, Airway Management, OB/Infants, Pharmacology, Documentation, and Trauma.

Friday, December 4th, 2015 10:00-22:00  (Lee Street)           Geriatrics, Medical/Behavioral, Patient Assessment.

The full EMT-B class (National Registry of EMTs)  will start Friday, January 22nd, 2016 at 10:00am at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s Training Center (Annex) and conclude around the end of May.  Classes will be Fridays for 8 hours a day.  This class will be a Workforce WV class, financial aid is available to those who qualify.  The cost of the class is $350.00 and includes the cost of the books.  Students will have to pay for physicals, background check, and drug tests prior to completion of the class.  This class is open to those age 16 and above.   To register for this class contact Gloria Kincaid via email at gkincaid.newriver.edu or by phone at 304-661-6375.

EMS Education Opportunities